2.5 HOURS FROM KYOTO
Beautiful cherry blossoms in an
award-winning hot spring town
Walk along a cherry blossom-lined canal
through a hot spring town steeped in 1300 years of history and culture.
Only 2.5 hours from Kyoto and Osaka,
but far from the crowds.
Take in the cherry blossoms while strolling in a yukata
A fundamental part of enjoying Kinosaki Onsen is visiting the public hot springs while wearing a yukata. Change into a yukata at your ryokan before strolling through town past beautiful cherry blossom trees.
Take in the wonderful scenery that can only be found in Kinosaki Onsen while listening to the clip-clop sounds of geta, Japanese wooden sandals.
Kinosaki Onsen’s conceptOne large ryokan
Kinosaki Onsen, which is said to be the birthplace of hot spring hopping, has seven hot springs each with their own charm. Since ancient times, the people of Kinosaki Onsen have thought of the town as one large ryokan, with the inns as guest rooms and the streets as the hallways, while they welcome guests who come to enter the health-benefitting hot springs.
This mentality still lives on in the town. When you arrive at your ryokan, slip on a yukata and relieve your daily fatigue by visiting the hot springs.
Cherry blossom map
Cherry blossom trees can be found all along the Otani River. Enjoy viewing them from early to mid-April while you hop between the various public hot springs. The cherry blossoms are illuminated by lanterns every evening until 23:00.
In between hot springs, take some time to savor the flavor of Kinosaki Onsen by trying out the endless variety of sweet shops lining the town streets. Ice-cream, pudding, cheese tarts, and more are waiting for you this spring.
Cherry blossom goods are available for purchase at many of the shops around town. Whether it be bags, towels, or even a set of jewelry, save your springtime shopping in Japan during your time in Kinosaki.
Experiences & activities
Areas near Kinosaki
Kinosaki Onsen is surrounded by lush mountains, crystal clear seas with white sandy beaches, and expansive countryside. Each area offers unique experiences and, of course, beautiful cherry blossom views of their own.
Best viewing times
※Because cherry blossoms are easily affected by the temperature and weather, we cannot guarantee that you will be able to see cherry blossoms like those seen in the pictures while visiting during the recommended dates listed below.
KINOSAKI ONSENApril 1~15
Cherry blossoms can be found lining the quiet path of Kiyamachi Street from early to mid-April.
TAKENO SEASIDE AREAApril 1~15
Cherry blossoms bloom along the Takeno river and near the mountains. They can be viewed from early to mid-April.
IZUSHI CASTLE TOWNApril 1~15
Many cherry blossoms bloom around the Izushi Castle Ruins. They can be viewed from early to mid-April.
KANNABE MOUNTAINSApril 10~25
The cherry blossoms in Kannabe Highlands bloom a little later than those found in Kinosaki. They can be viewed from mid to late April.