Kinosaki Hot Springs, Onsen and Sightseeing in Hyogo Prefecture
History of Kinosaki Onsen in Hyogo Prefecture
Kinosaki, with its 1,300 year history dating back to the Heian period, is a traditional town, ideal for relaxing and enjoying yourself in all four seasons.
The town of Kinosaki took its name from the marshlands facing the Sea of Japan formed by the Maruyama River. These marshlands were originally called "Kinusaki" and the name of the town changed over time to become "Kinosaki" as it is known today.
Kinosaki is famous for its invigorating hot springs. It has 7 famous sotoyu (communal bathhouses). Touring the sotoyu from one to the next is very popular activity with Japanese visitors. We invite you to experience this traditional Japanese activity by putting on a yukata robe with geta sandals and meandering around town visiting the seven bathhouses, soaking up the different atmospheres and decor.
There are many different types of Japanese-style hotels in Kinosaki. Some are small and family-run, and some are larger and offer quality services.
You can use free pick-up buses to hotels from JR Kinosaki Onsen Station, which operate in accordance with the schedule of express trains. (Until about 6 p.m.)
The Seven Famous Sotoyu (Communal Bathhouses) at Kinosaki Onsen Resort
The largest and most conveniently located of Kinosaki's 7 bath houses. With spacious indoor & outdoor baths, saunas, and jacuzzis, there is plenty to experience. The male and female bathing sections alternate daily between a classical Japanese style onsen and a Romanesque bathhouse, so be sure to try the Satono-yu at least twice.
Jizou-yu is a popular bathhouse comprised of two large, high-ceilinged central baths with generous showering and washing facilities. The second floor features rest areas and private baths for family use.
Being the smallest bathhouse in Kinosaki grants Yanagi-yu a very traditional and homely atmosphere. Securely placed in the center of Kinosaki, its convenience makes it popular with the locals and tourists alike.
Until the arrival of Satono-yu, Ichino-yu had the pride of being the foremost bathhouse on the Japan Sea coast of western Japan. Newly renovated in 1999, this bathhouse offers modern facilities, all housed within a handsome building of classical design. Ichino-yu has a cave-pool on top of the usual bathing amenities.
The newest of Kinosaki's bathhouses, Goshono-yu offers an extremely relaxing bathing experience. The classic outdoor area is a greast place to enjoy the changing colours of the maple leaves in autumn.
Set back from the main road in quiet surroundings, the building of Mandara-yu (which was painstakingly reconstructed in 2001) is and always has been, Kinosaki's most attractive and traditionally styled bathhouse.
To recover from some ailment, a stork, as local legend would have it, bathed in the marshes that once existed in the area now known as Kouno-yu. The healing properties of the marsh waters grew to be famous and Kouno-yu was built on the site, becoming Kinosaki's first bathhouse. Popular for its outdoor bath and situated at the foot of bamboo-clad mountains, Kouno-yu offers privacy amid splendid natural surroundings.
Kinosaki Hot Springs Location