KinosakiKinosaki (;) is an onsen (hot spring) town in the Kansai region of Japan, and now part of the city of Toyooka.
- The JR Hamakaze Limited Express runs from Kinosakionsen station to Himeji station, where you can jump back on frequent Shinkansen trains passing by. It is also possible to travel this route in segments using
- The JR Hashidate leaves from Nijo station in Kyoto to Kinosakionsen station. Again, this journey can also be made in segments on local trains.
There are coin lockers in the station, and the hotel information center in front of the station can also keep your luggage for a fee.
There are also excellent running trails near the main river in town - the Murayama river. Running along the river and among the rice paddies makes for a nice change of pace if you are feeling too guilty lazing around in hot springs all day long.
Satono-YuIt is the first bathhouse that you see when exiting the train station. It is also one of the biggest, offering gender-separated indoor and outdoor baths, along with generous relaxation areas. There are also free footbaths right outside, highly recommend after a long day of walking or simply to pass time while waiting for the next train. The outdoor baths offer a beautiful view of the Murayama river and the surrounding rice paddies, it is not to be missed.
Jizo-yuIt is located inside an interesting concrete building with roomy ceilings and offers public baths and rentable private baths.
Yanagi-yuOnly opens in the afternoon (15:00), so it is best to plan a few visits to the other bathhouses first. Its waters are said to be especially helpful for healing wounds.
Ichino-yuIt is praised as the best bathhouse in Japan. Its architectural style and well thought out decoration make it a popular and as a result, very busy bathhouse that is very popular with tourists.
Goshono-yuIt is perhaps the prettiest out of all seven bathhouses. The traditional garden and facade welcomes you into both indoor baths and very elaborate outdoor baths, that are especially fascinating with snowfall.
Mandara-yuWith architecture inspired from temples, the bath might remind you of the mighty Buddhist temples that you saw in Kyoto, although at a much smaller scale. This is another bathhouse that opens late (3pm).
Kono-yuThis is the bath where the legendary storks bathed in the waters to heal their wounds. It is the most down key, but also the most relaxing public bath house.
- Local handicrafts
- Your own yukata to stand out among the crowds
- Hand-made snacks and refreshments from the many stalls around town
- Kinosaki is very well known for its seafood, especially crabs. You will often be served in-season seafood if you are staying in one of the many ryokans, or you can try one of the few restaurants around town, most of which focus on seafood. Many restaurants close very early, so make time to eat dinner a bit earlier than usual if you do not stay at a ryokan where dinner is included.
Hotels are available in the area, but transportation to and back from the town can be an issue if you are not driving.