Visit Kinosaki Onsen

A cozy hot spring town renowned for its hot springs and atmosphere

WELCOME TO KINOSAKI ONSEN

The most charming hot spring town
you will ever visit

The town’s wonderfully-preserved architecture and authentic hot spring ambience along every street and alleyway will have you falling in love at first sight.

All about Kinosaki Onsen

What you should knowABOUT KINOSAKI ONSEN

Kinosaki Onsen town and valley it sits in, taken from Mount Daishi on a sunny day

it is2.5hours from Kyoto City

2.5 Hours from Kyoto City

Kinosaki Onsen is conveniently located just 2.5 hours by train from Kyoto and 3 hours by train from Osaka. Nearby are beautiful beaches, a historical castle town, and adventurous highlands.

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The outdoor baths of Goshonoyu Onsen

it has7tattoo-friendly hot springs

7 Tattoo-friendly Hot Springs

All seven of the public hot springs bathhouses are within walking distance of one another, and allow guests with tattoos of any shape, size, or color.

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The willow lined river of Kinosaki Onsen town. A stone bridge straddles the river

it has received a2Michelin stars

2 starMichelin Award-winning atmosphere

The town has received repeated praise for its intimate atmosphere and old-world charm. It has been called one of the best and most photogenic hot spring towns.

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A closeup of a buddhist statue found inside Onsenji Temple

it has1300years of history

1300 years of history

The town has maintained its serene atmosphere and authentic old Japan allure for over 1300 years through its well-preserved architecture and onsen culture.

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Kinosaki Onsen

EXPERIENCES & ACTIVITIES

Snowshoeing in the Kannabe Highlands

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Seafood Market Visit with Cooking Class and Seafood Okonomiyaki Meal

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Yukata Rental in Kinosaki Onsen

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Geo Stand Up Paddleboarding (G-SUP)

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Meditate, Drink Tea, and Chat with a Local Buddhist Monk (with English-speaking guide)

Participate in two traditional Buddhist practices: seated Zen meditation, and your choice of either Shakyo (sutra-copying) or Shabutsu (tracing a…

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Geopark Sea Kayaking Adventure

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Meditate, Drink Tea, and Chat with a Local Buddhist Monk

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Kinosaki Onsen

HIGHLIGHTS

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Spoil Yourself Course Kannabe

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Take a portal back to Edo Japan – a day in Izushi castle town

By spending a day exploring ancient Izushi castle town, you’ll be transported back to 1604!

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“Onsen Manju” A must-buy on your trip to Japan

For Japanese people, there’s a custom of buying souvenirs whenever they travel somewhere. “Omiyage”, or souvenir, refers to goods or…

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Japanese Izakaya Culture 101

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Onsen (Hot Spring) Festival 2021

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Nostalgic of the Edo era, Izushi Castle Town

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Snack Bars, the night culture of the hot spring town.

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Try some local cuisine

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THINGS TO DO

  • A private look into a ryokan bedroom. Photo taken from the private outdoor Japanese garden of the room, looking inwards

    Stay at a ryokan

    With over 74 ryokan to choose from it is easy to find one to fit your needs and budget. Experience pure Japanese culture and tradition during your stay.

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  • Izushi 'sara soba' soba noodles on plates, with diced spring onion and soy sauce in the shot.

    Try some local cuisine

    Each season brings something new and delicious. The area is blessed with fresh seafood and locally grown produce. Snow crab, Tajima beef, & Izushi Soba are just a few of the must try local specialties.

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  • Ariel photo of Takeno Beach on a sunny summer day.

    Explore the area

    Sandy white beaches and pristine waters 20 minutes to the north, mountain adventures 30 minutes to the west and a castle town that will transport you back to the Edo era 30 minutes to the east, provide plenty to do and explore.

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  • A couple walking the streets of Kinosaki Onsen in colorful Yukata

    Stroll around in a yukata

    Strolling through this atmospheric hot spring town in a yukata is without a doubt one of the town’s big charm points. They can be worn anywhere in town, anytime of the year.

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