Kinosaki Onsen
Kinosaki Onsen
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Kinosaki Onsen is a traditional Japanese hot spring town located 2.5 hours from Kyoto and Osaka by JR express train. The town boasts 7 public hot springs and over 80 ryokans (traditional inns). Guests staying a ryokan get a free pass to the onsens. They can experience wearing traditional yuakta and strolling around this quaint town.
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ManchesterAlbion
Manchester335 contributions
Nov 2022 • Solo
Kinosaki Onsen is a great day out. I did it from Kyoto on the train but it’s equally easy from Tokyo if you don’t have time for a longer visit.

You can buy a very reasonable 1 day ticket for the onsen (1000 yen in November 2022) that allows you to visit all 7 (or as many as you can manage in a day). It’s important to get the day of your visit right. Don’t go on a Thursday because the best onsen (Goshonoyu Bath) is closed on Thursdays.

Before my visit I found it hard to get clear advice on the best onsens of the 7 on offer. I visited 4 of them and my favourite was Goshonoyu Bath. It has a lovely outdoor pool with natural waterfall. My second favourite was Kounoyu Bath, which has a good outdoor pool too. Third was Satonoyu Bath, which has an outdoor bath with small waterfall on the third floor and also a sauna. Ichinoyu Bath is also worth a visit with a cave that is partly outdoors, but otherwise this onsen is inside.

Kinosaki has a great ropeway too that takes you up to a fabulous scenic view. This is a very nice break from the onsen and a breath of fresh air.
Written 23 November 2022
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Kirati
Sapporo, Japan3 contributions
Apr 2021 • Family
We went to Kinosaki Onsen on 17th. Without any expectation, we had actually a great experience.
Overall we were very happy.

These are their good points.
- Natural Onsen which gives so many benefits to your body
- Mix pool outside, remember to bring your swimwear though.
- Not far from town

A few to improve
- A refurbishment might need to be considered as some needs to fix e.g Toilet door was broken.
- Need to repaint so the place looks fresh & new
- A bigger toilet

Thank you we will def come back.
Written 20 April 2021
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Thank you for your comment. In the public bathhouses, swimwear is not allowed, but you mentioned going to an outdoor pool, do you remember where it was? For the points to improve, which places are you talking about?
Written 1 November 2022
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Elisabethmh
Oslo, Norway567 contributions
Nov 2019
Kinosaki Onsen is a beautiful small village located by the Sea of ​​Japan and a great contrast to the big cities, with its approx 3000 inhabitants. The pace is considerably slower compared to the larger cities. There are few people in the streets, you hear the birds chirping and the carp fish are yawning under the bridge to get food. The city is often referred to as "Japan's hidden gem" (hidden gem) and is known for its 7 natural Onsens (hot springs). In other words this is a relaxing spa destination. Compared with excellent food - I recommend to treat yourself to an overnight stay in this beautiful little village.
Written 5 October 2020
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Thank you for your response and recommendation. We hope that you enjoyed your stay. Kinosaki may be small in size, but it is a wonderful way for visitors to experience an authentic side of Japan that they may not find elsewhere. For more cozy "hidden gems", we recommend that people also visit Izushi, a castle town only 40 minutes away. There you can find yourself walking the streets of somewhere straight out of the Edo period.
Written 14 October 2020
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chocolatenails
Singapore, Singapore32 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
Beautiful town straight out of an anime.
If you are only spending a night here, do come early so that you can visit all the 7 onsens.

Do take note that if you are planning to visit an onsen after you check out of your ryokan, you'll need to pay for entry for each onsen and remember to bring a small towel for drying off. Also do take note of the opening hours and day offs for each onsen.

The street next to the train station leading to the canal has loads of wonderful restaurants and cafes. We had a lovely toast and coffee at Cafe Sorella and a full course crab meal at Okesho.

After Kinosaki Onsen, we decided to detour to Amanohashidate, then take the Tango Aka Matsu tourist train before heading back to Kyoto.

Written 11 February 2020
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Hi chocolatenails, Thank you very much for your response and helpful advice to other travelers. We're glad to hear that you had a great time in Kinosaki! We see that you decided to do some exploring of Northern Kansai (in Amanohashidate) while visiting the area. If you ever find yourself coming back here, we recommend that you check out some of the nearby areas which also have an enchanting ambience. Izushi, a nearby castle town, is like a little Kyoto -- all the historical atmosphere, but without the crowds. There are also the Kannabe Highlands, where one can explore the outdoors and engage in a myriad of outdoor activities such as the lava flow hike, para-gliding, tree-climbing, and more. Finally, you can find the cozy town of Takeno on the coast of the Japan Sea, which offers plenty of fun activities perfect for summer time. We hope that we see you again some day!
Written 13 February 2020
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ChuJoe
Bangkok, Thailand836 contributions
Dec 2019 • Couples
All onsen towns in Japan should have a great little service center like the Kinosaki Onsen Ryokan Service Center! You will see it directly across the street slightly on the left, upon exiting the railway station. For 200 yen, they will deliver your luggage to your ryokan. And your ryokan can also send your luggage back here upon your checking out. This means that when you are in Kinosaki onsen town, you don't have to worry about your luggage! They are also very good with information and can speak in English. Highly recommended! Kinosaki onsen, with its beautiful streets and old-style machiya is remarkably stunning both during day and night. Although we tried only three public onsens and the onsens of two ryokans, they all felt the same, with seemingly little variation in the onsen waters in between. This is unlike the onsen experience in other onsen towns like Kurokawa onsen or Beppu.
Written 17 January 2020
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Hello ChuJoe, Thank you for your lovely review! We are happy that you enjoyed our ryokan service system. Kinosaki Onsen as a town is run much like a singular ryokan, and we all work together to make sure guests and visitors have the best time they possibly can while they stay here. We cannot speak for your experiences at other onsen towns, but Kinosaki Onsen's bath houses all differ with one another in terms of architecture, style, views, and sometimes water temperature. Perhaps you can visit us again some day and experience the other 4 onsen.
Written 17 January 2020
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Wildan K
126 contributions
Apr 2019
We spent one night in kinosaki and tried just 2 onsen at the time. I think one night is not enough next time we will visit this place again, very recommended to visit in winter.
Written 30 December 2019
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Hi wldnkrs, Thank you for the review! While Kinosaki Onsen is a wonderful place to visit for a day trip, we do also recommend staying at least 2 days to get the full experience, try out every onsen, and experience the numerous activities we have to offer here such as the straw craft and literature museums, Mt. Daishi ropeway, onsen eggs, and more. If you enjoyed your time in the winter, we also recommend that you visit again during a different season! Springtime brings gorgeous sakura blossoms, and fall is popular for viewing momiji (the changing autumnal leaves).
Written 17 January 2020
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KLene
Singapore, Singapore452 contributions
Dec 2019 • Family
We bought Kansai Wide Area JR ticket - 5 Days and travelled from Osaka. It took 3 hrs and it was a comfortable ride without the need for reserved seats. Going back - we also took about 3hrs to KIX airport. It is a must to stay 2 nights to enjoy this town n its 7 onsen.

What is there not to love about this onsen town? It is quaint and lovely! It was especially beautiful at night on the streets.

When we reached the station, there is a guide who checked our hotel booking, gave us a map and showed us the direction to our Ryokan. Most shops and some restaurants closed by 6pm. In the evenings, after sumptuous dinners, all guests would be wearing yukata and visiting different onsens. We visited all onsens except for Gosho-No-Yu which was closed for renovation. Yanagi-Yu is our least favourite. It was tiny!!
Our favourite is Kou-no-Yu which has nice indoor n outdoor baths. This is the furthest from the station. Jizo-Yu and Sato-no-Yu were very pleasant too.

We rented yukata for several hours and took lots of pictures. The 1 n only yukata shop closes on Thursday. Price range from yen 2200 onwards.

There are many shops which sell good quality bags and local souvenirs. We had good strow packages, u may want to have your dinner at 5pm.

Personally I love Kinosaki onsen town and hope to visit again in future.

Written 26 December 2019
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Dear KLene, Thank you for the lengthy review about Kinosaki. We are glad that you enjoyed your time here! We just wanted to correct some things for future readers. Although some restaurants may close early, many do this for a few hours and then reopen later during the evening. We suggest that visitors check business hours online to know exactly when a particular restaurant will be open. There are also many fun activities at night such as arcades and shooting galleries (shateki). Also, there is more than one yukata shop in town. IROHA has one store near Goshono-yu, and another on the main street by Otanigawa River. You can easily spot it due to the many Ghibli characters on the first floor! We are happy to hear that you wish to visit again in the future. Kinosaki is beautiful all year round, and it is fun to experience it during different seasons.
Written 17 January 2020
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Aprime1980
London, UK155 contributions
Dec 2019 • Solo
I visited this venue after seeing it on NHK

I can say it definitely feels like it’s gone back in time. It has at least seven onsens

If you stay in the hotels in the area you get a pass which can visit all 7 for free. The shops offer different things for sale but they can be quite expensive as they are handmade items.

The restaurant is closed at two different times once it will close around 5 pm and the other set opens around 8 pm and closes at 11

They seem to be old time activities to do like shooting corks out of a gun to get prizes

It is Worth coming here especially during night time as it is beautiful and if your hotel allows it as mine wanted, you can wear the traditional Japanese garments to walk around the streets in

The train station is called Kinosaki And if you have the JR pass the trip is mostly going to be free for you via train
Written 25 December 2019
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Hi Aprime1980, Thank you for leaving your thorough review. A lot of the information that you listed here will be helpful for future visitors! Many people come to Kinosaki during the day but, as you mentioned here, there are a lot of exciting things to do at night as well. Currently, one of our 7 onsen (Goshono-yu) is under construction, but we hope that it will be up and working as soon as it is patched up. We hope that you can come back to Kinosaki Onsen again some day!
Written 17 January 2020
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Michael T
Singapore, Singapore2,100 contributions
Dec 2019 • Couples
We stayed at one of the hotels in Kinosaki and were given a free pass to visit the seven public baths.

We visited Satono-yu, which is the largest public bath in Kinosaki and is located right next to the train station.

There are a few hot tubs in Satonoyu but the one on the roof top is interesting - you could jump from the hot bath to a cold shower, and repeat.

Unfortunately we didn’t have time to try the other public baths. Overall it was a great experience.
Written 16 December 2019
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Hi michaelt238874Y, Thank you very much for visiting and leaving your review! Satonoyu differs a bit from the other onsen in Kinosaki because of its numerous different qualities. As you mentioned, one can quickly jump between a warm bath and a cold shower. There are also a few sauna rooms, high-pressure jets, and a different interior aesthetic depending on the day. One of the bath-house sides has a Japanese theme, while the other is Western/more European. If you come back to visit, you will likely experience a very different bath. We hope that you come back someday to try out the other public baths as well.
Written 14 January 2020
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Louisa K
Jakarta, Indonesia71 contributions
Sep 2019
If you enjoy onsen, then this place is definitely worth the visit.
It's 2.5 hours from Osaka so yes it's a bit out of the way, but it was good to see the view faded from the talk buildings to the greeneries and villages.
The Pros:
- they have 7 different public onsens to try. That's plenty if you have 2-3 days to spend on this trip.
- One of the onsens is a cave-like onsen, another on the rooftop, there's also an outdoor garden onsen. It was very nice to try these different vibe.
- Satono-Yu also has steam rooms and massage chairs that is super relaxing after each onsen.
- You can and I highly recommend wearing your yukata as everybody else will wear it walking on the streets of kinosaki, it is such an authentic Japanese experience
- Food and Beer and desserts are everywhere.
- They also have a shooting arcade and plenty of japanese games by the streets (if you can spot it)
- Plenty of cute stores and souvenir shops.
- You can go up hiking/ take the cable car up the mountain during the day time or even try the onsen egg at the bottom of the mountain.

The Cons:
- hmm... nothing really. We really enjoyed the place

I highly recommend to get a ryokan stay near the streets of kinosaki as you would be walking around the town a LOT. Love the town, had a really wonderful time here:) Oh, and an extra note, it would be lovelier to visit during the colder/ spring time. But Summer on the other hand will be fun as they will have fireworks if you check on the correct dates. :) Enjoy!
Written 28 October 2019
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Dear Louisa K., Thank you very much for your thoughtful response! We're so glad to hear that you had a good time in Kinosaki. Your advice and facts about the town and the amenities we offer will come in handy for future guests. If hiking is something that you are interested in, we also recommend the nearby areas of Takeno, Kannabe, and Izushi where there are plenty of fun hikes. This is definitely the region to go if one would like to a see a more traditional side of Japan and fully enjoy what nature has to offer.
Written 20 November 2019
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