Travel like a local

Find authentic scenes from Japan’s olden days here,
that can’t be found in Tokyo or Kyoto.- Visit Kinosaki -

Travel like a local

Find authentic scenes from Japan’s olden days here,
that can’t be found in Tokyo or Kyoto.

- Visit Kinosaki -

The Maruyama River flows through the northern Hyogo city of Toyooka (Kinosaki and around areas) into the Sea of Japan. Carving through lush mountains past an old castle town and through a 1300 year old hot spring town. An area beautiful in any season, where you can see lush cherry trees in spring in the hot spring town or at the foot of Izushi castle ruins, vibrant colored trees in the autumn and glistening blankets of snow in the winter.

The city of Toyooka and its 5 towns cherish and protect traditions and customs while also embracing and welcoming new and modern. In Izushi, a town of Toyooka to the east, is one of Kansai region's oldest operating Kabuki theaters that hosts professional Kabuki troops from Tokyo every year. To the west is Kinosaki Onsen the 1300 year old hot spring town. Walk past the hundred year old wooden ryokans and homes that line a willow strewn river to the back of town where modern day performing artists gather at Kinosaki International Arts Center to create and perform their work. As you travel the towns you will see small quintessential details to the past; ryokan proprietresses dressed in Kimono greeting guests with a bow or retro signs beckoning patrons to come in and buy the areas most popular souvenirs.

Many of the businesses and locals have lived in this place for generations creating close knit relations with each other and the land. They are proud of their hometown and love to share that love with visitors, either through a friendly smile or a simple chat on the streets or at the local bar. Come and visit a place where the hot springs and the kindness of the people will warm your heart.

Escape the stress of the fast paced city for the slower paced countryside.Here you will have more than enough time to take a deep breath of that wonderful fresh air and just take time for yourself.

Wander the streets of these laid back towns where time slows down and gives you a moment or two to enjoy the beauty and wonder of the natural surroundings and the people who live there.

Toyooka City is also Japan’s largest producer of bags. BAGWORKS is a specialized OEM maker founded in 1954, and its series that made the concept of “work bags” a popular item.

767-4 Kamino-cho, Kokonokaiichi, Toyooka City, Hyogo 668-0051


Mugiwara Zaiku, or straw craft, is an art that creates colorful geometric patterns and eccentric designs. It’s accredited as a traditional craftwork of Hyogo prefecture, and is designated as an intangible cultural asset of Kinosaki Town.

Kamiya Folk Art Shop
505 Yushima, Kinosaki, Toyooka City, Hyogo 669-6101

Izushi sara soba is the local specialty dish of Izushi town, a town also called Tajima’s little Kyoto. Numerous soba shops line the streets and are famous for being among the best in Kansai.

14-16 Izushicho Kobito, Toyooka City, Hyogo 668-0256


Genbudo Cave was formed 160 thousand years ago, when a volcanic explosion caused magma to leak out. When the magma cooled it formed beautiful formations. A total of 5 caves were formed.

Genbudo Park
Akaishi, Toyooka City, Hyogo 668-0801


Kinosaki Onsen was said to have been discovered around 1400 years ago when a stork was seen healing its wounded leg in the waters. In this place is the long standing ryokan established 150 years ago.

Nishimuraya Honkan
469 Yushima Kinosaki, Toyooka City, Hyogo 669-6101


How to Get to Kinosaki Onsen
Kinosaki Onsen is located on the JR train line and can be easily accessed via limited express trains from Kansai’s popular destinations; Kyoto, Osaka, Sannomiya(Kobe), Himeji, and Kansai International Airport(KIX). Kinosaki Onsen can also be accessed using the National JR Pass and JR Kansai Wide Area Pass.

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