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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Mel9303
Perth, Australia72 contributions
Nov 2023 • Friends
Beautiful little town with amazing hot springs. Be warned though that if your accommodation does not offer dinner you might have some trouble finding somewhere to eat. The streets and shops were deserted from about 6 pm onwards.
After trying all of the 7 public onsen’ s in town, We found the one closest to the train station to be the best. It has indoor and out door pools as well as various saunas. There is also a free foot hot spring outside the front of the building, open even when the onsen is closed (on Monday)
Written 22 November 2023
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alohatripper
Honolulu, HI1,484 contributions
Oct 2023 • Friends
We stayed two nights in this quaint, totally unique village. Besides the stream that runs through it with crossing bridges, the central pedestrian area is designed for casual strolling and checking in on the seven public hot water baths that are available to the passersby. I didn't go in since our ryokan had better, private ones already, but I was curious as what it would be like to go in.
This is an ideal photo op locale, especially with the yutaka-wearing pedestrians.
Written 13 November 2023
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maryannaustintx
Austin, TX13 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
One of my favorite part of visiting Japan was staying 2 nights at a Ryokan in Kinosaki. Was still warm during the day in Oct, nights slightly cool. People walk day and night in the Yukata's and you hear the wooden shoes. The hotels lend them to you. The shoes were not hard for me to walk in, but they were for my husband. We visited 4 out of the 7. This is how I ranked them - 1) Goshono-Yu, 2) Satano-Yu, 3)Kono-Yu (but very hot), 4) Ichino-Yu (cave better at night). They all have different hours and each one closes one day a week. This was so relaxing. And there is a cable car that takes you up halfway to a temple, then further up for a cafe. You can walk up the steps and hike to the top if you want. We took the cable car. There is a nice monk that you pay at the temple to visit inside the large temple, highly recommend. Then walk up some stairs behind to a neat cemetary. The cafe had good hotdogs, beer and ice cream!
Written 6 November 2023
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chye chye
Ipoh, Malaysia19 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
This is a 7 onsen village n visitors come for the public onsen. We stayed at Yamamotoya Ryokan located in the middle of walking street facing the famous “fresh water Japanese carp swimming “ river .

We arrived at the low - hot season n there were not many travelers.

We tried ichinoru n goshonyu onsen. Both are open air- onsen

The overall onsen experience was awesome esp the open air water flowing n the cave onsen.

Overall impression of kinosaki onsen was

1. Preserved “unesco type” village n old traditional buildings
2. Traditional pace of life - slow n easy.
3. Lots of restaurants serving seafood meals n famous Tajima Beef.
4. This is onsen bath village - must try all onsen if time permits
5. Select yr accommodation facing the River n 1 evening is too short to enjoy the onsen.
6. Will come again in Autumm where weather is cool n breezy.
7. Amanohashidate is the nearby village to visit on the way to Kyoto
Written 23 September 2023
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MattCuthill
Christchurch, New Zealand60 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
We spent 2 nights at Kinosaki. It is famous for its 7 onsen. This makes Kinosaki a popular destination for Japanese. If you want to experience real Japan, this is the place for you. You need to be able to communicate with the locals using some Japanese phrases as few locals speak any English, but this is an authentic experience well away from the big cities. There is various train services to Kinosaki. The station is at the edge of town which is very compact. It would only take 30mins to walk through Kinosaki. There is a free shuttle to the Ryoken in town and plenty of taxis as well. If you want to visit somewhere with few foreigners this is the place
Written 26 August 2023
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amy kizzle
Plano, TX2 contributions
Jul 2023
One of the highlights of our trip - pretty little town - especially in the evening when all lit up. The traditional onsen experience includes staying in a traditional Japanese style ryokan which will usually provide the robe and sandals that you wear to each onsen (there are 7 public ones). Walk from one to the next. (Everyone has to bathe in the nude - separated by sex- they are very strict about washing off in communal shower room before entering the bath - be aware if you are too shy or modest for this). After the first onsen, you get used to it!
I would recommend doing this on a spring or fall trip - it was a little too hot in July to fully enjoy all those hot baths!
Written 26 July 2023
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William S
5 contributions
Jan 2023
Kinosaki Onsen is the dictionary definition of a hidden gem!!!! Despite it being not well known to people outside of Japan and in a bit of rural location, it is extremely accessible as it is just a few hours by one single train from the Kyoto central station. And that was my favorite train ride that I have ever been on! Just such beautiful landscape, passing through remote woods and going past mountains. At one point I looked out the window and just felt as though I was in a movie where I was on an expressway heading to some magical, far away place.

And when we got there it was quite a magical place! With it being a small town (just a couple blocks) with a bunch of small, local businesses that is surrounded by nature truly felt authentic and like real Japan. Was also quite beautiful with plenty of mountains around and a nice river in the middle of one of the main roads. No huge buildings or bright lights. Just a quiet place to be with nature.

The genuineness of this stay was even further exacerbated as we had the pleasure of staying in a traditional, family owned Japanese ryokan hotel with an incredibly nice owner. The one where we stayed had a nice, small lobby, a dining room and just one flight of stairs that led to rooms on the second floor.cAs an American my jaw just dropped when I walked in and saw the house we were staying in. Everything was low to the floor. There was a table with a tea set ready. At night we got to sleep on futons that were on the ground. It was just unreal. Also in our rooms were yukatas (bath robes) that we wore to the 7 hot spring baths throughout the town. Passes to the hot springs were also provided with our ryokan accommodation.

The hot springs were just amazing. Just getting to soak in sizeable pools of hot water and being surrounded by nature was so soothing. Everything was just so peaceful and liberating. In the two and a half days that we were there I went to all 7 and each one of them offers something unique. Although my two favorites were Goshono-yu and Kono-yu. In those two you can soak by a waterfall and in a river respectively. Being in nature, so warm and so comfortable! These hot springs were more than anything that I could ever dream of.

Additionally, Kinosaki Onsen offers a rope way gondola up towards the top of one of the mountains right next to the town. It was a scenic ride up going over trees though the real beauty came at the observation deck up top which provided the best view that I had ever seen. Ever. Such a stunning view of Kinosaki Onsen, all the surrounding trees, the Pacific Ocean and a canal going inland. Seeing so many vastly different things at once while being humbled as to how small the town we were staying in was. I was so jaw dropped that I nearly stared in wonder for hours.

Yet another thing that the town has to offer were traditional craft making classes in calligraphy (where we drew a bunch with ink pens and wrote kanji) as well as a specialty straw craft box class. Doing each of them was enjoyable and it provided great souvenirs.

Finally the meals at our ryokan were terrific. The breakfasts and our first dinner was made by the chefs and real good. On our first night we were served a fabulous dinner where all sorts of food was served. About 10 courses or so of food that kept coming and coming. Over the next two nights, our guide organized local people from the town to share dinners with us. Was super fun and a party like atmosphere. That alone was my absolute favorite thing of a great 2 week trip to Japan. In that trip Kinosaki Onsen was by far my favorite location. Far more than the big cities of Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka.
Written 27 March 2023
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ManchesterAlbion
Manchester344 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, Japan4 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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