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IZUSHI CASTLE TOWN
NOSTALGIC OF THE EDO ERA

A castle town popular for its nostalgic atmosphere. The current townscape is reminiscent of the Edo era (1604) thanks to efforts to preserve the town’s original architecture.

WELCOME TO

IZUSHI CASTLE TOWN

OF GREATER KINOSAKI ONSEN

Izushi is a town that continues on from the mythical era. Today it is a castle town popular for its nostalgic atmosphere of old Japan. Besides that, there are many local special products such as "Izushi Sara Soba", "Izushi Yaki (pottery)" and "Kiryusaiku". If you change into a kimono and stroll through the town, you will feel as though you have slipped through time.
Here shops, homes, and other buildings retain their original charm as well as community and rural life. Unlike other large tourist destinations, locals still live in town, adding to the atmosphere. Local grandmas chatting while they buy the day’s groceries, laundry hung out to dry, neighborhood children walking to and from school are just some of the many scenes of daily Izushi life.

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Experience Izushi

Eirakukan

Eirakukan Kabuki Theatre is the oldest working kabuki theatre in the Kansai Area. The theatre setting is very intimate. Audience members can opt for traditional seating on the floor and everyone is seated very close to the actors.
The full access tour of Izushi's Kabuki theatre, Eirakukan, will put you on, behind, and under the stage. This is a rare and fantastic experience will help you feel like a real kabuki actor and take a closer look at the mysterious workings of a traditional Kabuki stage.

More About Eirakukan Kabuki Theatre

Kabuki Performance Tickets

Izushi Sara Soba

Soba in Japan is usually served in a large dish. But Izushi soba is traditionally served on small plates, a single serving consists of 5 plates. There are about 50 soba noodle shops in Izushi that showcase this interesting serving method.
Use your chopstick to measure how many plates of soba you have eaten. 20 plates stack up to the height of a single chopstick.If you are able to finish off at least 20 plates in one sitting, you are given a commemorative plaque called a “Soba-dori” as a fun souvenir.

About Izushi Soba

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Sukyoji Temple

This zen temple was built in 1392. This was the family temple where the family of Izushi Castle had worshipped for generations. Here the Buddhist monk Takuan Soho created his namesake pickled daikon radish (“takuan”), now popular all over Japan, and for this reason the temple is also referred to as “Takuan Temple”. Takuan Soho was also the instructor to the great swordsman Musashi Miyamoto.In addition to tours of the garden, visitors can also try full-fledged zen meditation and traditional temple vegetarian food. You can also try traditional Japanese sweets.
Reservations are required if you wish to try the zen meditation.

Zen Meditation Experience

Izushi Castle Town

In Izushi, you will have the chance to explore the Izushi Castle Ruins, Shinkoro Clock Tower, Samurai House, Eirakukan Kabuki Theatre (closed on Thursdays), and more!

Guided Tour of the Town

Izushi is truly breathtaking in any season. It is recommended to try wearing a traditional kimono during your visit to further enhance your experience, especially in the spring or fall. In spring, the cherry blossoms surround the base of the castle ruins, while the fall foliage in autumn brings out the brilliant vermilion of the torii gates. You can reserve a kimono rental on our Tours & Packages page.

Local Expert

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Master Local Expert of Izushi
PROFILE

I hope that you feel a little nostalgia while here. I also highly recommend walking the town in a kimono, you can rent one from us for both men and women.

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Yamamotoya

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Nishimuraya Hotel Shogetsutei

Renovated 2017! Luxurious hotel & ryokan with private onsen baths & free shuttle.

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The Japanese – style auberge only for adults.

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Nishimuraya Honkan

With 150 years of history, member of Relais & Châteaux and rated as the "Best Onsen Ryokan" in Lonely...

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Uminone

LOCATION: Takeno; 9km from Kinosaki Onsen. Accessible by train (Takenoa Sta.) and bus.

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Toyooka Park Hotel

LOCATION: Toyooka; 10km from Kinosaki Onsen. Accessible by train (Toyooka Sta.). Conveniently located...

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Suigou

Surrounded by gardens, stop a while and calm your mind at our affordable Japanese family style inn.

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Sennen no Yu Koman

Kinosaki Onsen's founding hot spring inn. Composed of tradition, hot springs, and wooden structures c...

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Shinonomesou

Public stone bath in main building and private baths in second building. Beautiful wooden furniture. ...

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Kinosaki Tourism Hotel Higashiyamasou

The cool breeze rustles through the open-air hot spring bath at Higashiyama Sou, a Kinosaki hot sprin...

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Nashikisou

LOCATION: Kannabe; 30km from Kinosaki Onsen. Accessible by train (Ebara Sta.) and bus.

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Tokiwa Bekkan

Gardens, cuisine, and an open air bath. A relaxing stay for each individual guest. Many have come bac...

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Morizuya

Cave bath carved from the mountain, a favorite with female guests. In the middle of Kinosaki with an ...

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Okeshou

This traditional Japanese inn has Japanese style rooms with a living room and bedroom (2room) layout,...

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Kobayashiya

In front of 'Ichi no Yu' open-air bath in the middle of Kinosaki Onsen, the inns wood gives off a war...

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Tsutaya

Beautifully constructed of wood, this 3 story Ryokan blends into Kinosaki Onsen's elegance.

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Guesthouse & Bar Hitotomaru

LOCATION: Takeno; 9km from Kinosaki Onsen. Accessible by train (Takenoa Sta.) and bus.

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Ookawa

Renovated in July of 2008 with the theme of quiet calmness. An inn with meals homemade with the good ...

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yamayoshi

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Ginka

LOCATION: Toyooka; 4km from Kinosaki Onsen. Accessible by car (Shuttle service available from Kinosak...

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Mikiya

Once visited by the late literary master Naoya Shiga. Yukari Inn's wooden design is purely Japanese a...

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Kourakuen

Enjoy relaxing hot springs and delicious meals worth their price at this tranquil inn.

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Kinsui

Inside we\'ve created soothing surroundings with sunken fireplaces and a salon.

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Kawaguchiya Kinosaki Riverside Hotel

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Blue Ridge Hotel

LOCATION: Kannabe; 30km from Kinosaki Onsen. Accessible by train (Ebara Sta.) and bus.

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Totoya

LOCATION: Kyotango, Kyoto pref.; 45km from Kinosaki Onsen. Accessible by train (Amino Sta.) and bus o...

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Hotel Kinparo

LOCATION: Toyooka; 4.5km from Kinosaki Onsen. Accessible by Bus.

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Nekozaki

LOCATION: Takeno; 9km from Kinosaki Onsen. Accessible by train (Takenoa Sta.) and bus.

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Tajimaya

A lovely inn centrally located in the heart of Kinosaki Hot Spring town. A popular and stylish inn am...

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Ryokan Sensui

Featuring 3 free private open-air baths in our traditional Japanese inn.

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Kamemasa Inn

LOCATION: Takeno; 9km from Kinosaki Onsen. Accessible by train (Takenoa Sta.) and bus.

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Nishidaya

LOCATION: Izushi; 22km from Kinosaki Onsen. Accessible by bus. A rentable traditional Japanese mercha...

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Albireo

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Wada

LOCATION: Kyotango, Kyoto pref.; 18km from Kinosaki Onsen. Accessible by train (Kumihama Sta.) and bus.

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New Marutaso

LOCATION: Kyotango, Kyoto pref.; 30km from Kinosaki Onsen. Accessible by train (Amino Sta.) and bus.

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Shotenkyo Minatosou

LOCATION: Kyotango, Kyoto pref.; 20km from Kinosaki Onsen. Accessible by train (Kumihama Sta.) and bu...

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ACCESS

BY CAR

Distance: 22 km / Time: 35 min
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BY PUBLIC TRANSIT

KINOSAKI ONSEN STATION to IZUSHI CASTLE TOWN
Travel time: 60 - 70 min / Fare: 780 yen* (train 200 yen + bus 580 yen)
*Fare price based on local train prices listed as of September 2019
Catch the train from Kinosaki Onsen Station to Toyooka Station. From there walk over to the bus stop in the parking lot behind the taxis to catch the Zentan Bus to Izushi. You will arrive just a few minutes' walk from center of the ancient castle town of Izushi.