What Are Onsens?
‘Onsen’ is Japanese for ‘hot spring’. As a volcanically active country, onsens can be found all over Japan. In Kinosaki Onsen the original temperature of the spring water exits the source at about 80ºC, and is then regulated by each bath house to around 42ºC. Kinosaki has seven public bath houses. As an overnight guest at a ryokan in Kinosaki, you can receive a free pass to all of them!
Onsens are not only good for getting clean, onsen bathing is said to have a variety of health benefits. In fact, in the past, onsen towns started to become famous as health resorts for the sick and injured to convalesce. The two main beneficial aspects of onsens are:
The hot onsen water relaxes muscles and accelerates the metabolism.
The mineral elements found in onsen water can be absorbed by the body and are said to improve different health issues.
The hot springs in Kinosaki Onsen contain a wealth of minerals such as sodium, calcium and chloride. These elements are said to be good for fatigue, digestive issues, nerve and muscular pain, and bruising. Other aspects such as; water pressure and buoyancy, are also said to be good for health. Each of the seven bath houses in Kinosaki are all different with unique features. Whether it’s an outdoor cave bath, or an ice sauna, you can try them all!