Kinosaki Onsen Hot Spring Town
Kinosaki Onsen Hot Springs

Special Attraction in Kinosaki Onsen: Sotoyu Tour

There are seven sotoyu (public hot spring bath facilities) in Kinosaki. A tour of sotoyu is very popular among Japanese visitors and many look forward to going on the tour rather than taking a bath at their hotels. You can try all the seven sotoyu facilities with different constructions and atmospheres. Sotoyu facilities are free while you are checked-in at your hotel. These sotoyu facilities close at 11 p.m. (entrance until 10:30 p.m.), and open from 7 a.m. (except for some facilities).

A digital ticket "Yumepa" for sotoyu is a convenient ticket for those who want to go around the sotoyu facilities and stroll around the town.

About "Yumepa"


Satono-yu

Satono-yu

This is the largest and most conveniently located of Kinosaki's seven bath houses. With spacious bathing, assorted saunas, jacuzzis, and outdoor baths, 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.

To Map of Sotoyu (seven baths)


Jizou-yu

Jizou-yu

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.


Yanagi-yu

Yanagi-yu

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.

To Map of Sotoyu (seven baths)


Ichino-yu

Ichino-yu

Until the arrival of Satono-yu, Ichino-yu had the pride of being the foremost bathhouse on the Japan Sea coast of the western Japan. Newely renovated in 1999, this bathohouse offers many modern facilities, all housed within a handsome building of classical design. Ichino-yu adds a cave-pool to the usual bathing amenities.


Goshono-yu

Goshono-yu

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.

To Map of Sotoyu (seven baths)


Mandara-yu

Mandara-yu

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.


Kouno-yu

Kouno-yu

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 march wateers 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 a private but splendid natural environment in which to relax.


Map of Sotoyu (seven baths)

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357-1 Yushima Kinosaki-cho,Toyooka,Hyogo,669-6101,Japan
TEL: +81-796-32-3663, FAX: +81-796-32-3005, E-mail: info@kinosaki-spa.gr.jp

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