Kinosaki Onsen’s 1,300 Years of Legends and History
The ancient waters of Kinosaki Onsen, which have even been recognized by Japan’s Emperor for their healing abilities and mystical properties, were originally discovered by a Buddhist priest passing through the town of modern-day Kinosaki in the year 720 AD. This priest named Dochi Shonin was travelling across Japan, and when he arrived in Kinosaki, he saw that the residents were ill and suffering. Dochi Shonin received an oracle which told him to pray for one-thousand days in order to assist the townspeople in their plights and sufferings. On the thousandth day of prayer, water suddenly sprung out from the ground by what is now known as Mandara-yu, consequently renowned as one of Kinosaki’s very first hot springs (the other being Kono-yu).