Welcome to Kinosaki Hot Springs
Kinosaki is a wonderful place to spend a little time and unwind.
In addition to the invigorating hot springs (onsen), for which the town is famous, you can discover many other attractions. There are plenty of interesting places, cultural events, traditional dining and fine products to experience in Kinosaki and the surrounding Tajima region. Kinosaki, with a 1,300 year history dating back to the Heian period, is a traditional, perfect place where you can relax and enjoy 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 subsequently the name of the town became "Kinosaki."
Go a little away from the town, and you will be at Takenohama, a popular beach among Japanese people, and enjoy the unspoiled scenery with beautiful open fields, mountains, and streams.
|Free shuttle bus to your ryokan is waiting for you at JR Kinosaki Station.|
There are many different types of Japanese-style hotels in Kinosaki. Find your ryokan and book online now. Some are small and family-run, and some are larger and offer quality services. Reservations of nearly 20 ryokans through the Internet are available.
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.)
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Kinosaki Onsen resort has seven sotoyu (public hot spring bath facilities), a hot spring water drinking spot, and a foot bath facility. You can enjoy a tour of seven sotoyu, which is the Kinosaki Onsen's specialty. Put on a yukata (casual cotton kimono) and geta (traditional wooden Japanese footwear, resembling clogs), which are the formal wear in Onsen resorts, and go around the town to enjoy the baths.
Since the beginning of the 18th century, many well-known artists, writers, and calligraphers have come and stayed in Kinosaki. In 1913 the famous author Shiga Naoya came to Kinosaki and stayed for three weeks. Kinosaki provided inspiration for his famous short story, Kinosaki Nite, or "In Kinosaki". Other famous writers who visited Kinosaki include Yosano Akiko, Shimazaki Toson, Saito Mokichi, and Yanagida Kunio.
Kinosaki has become more and more famous through these visits or works of art created amidst the charming surroundings and local people's hospitality.
As well as the hot springs, Kinosaki is renowned for its high quality seafood, particularly crabs. You will not complete your visit to Kinosaki without eating crabs at least once during the stay. Prime crab season is from November to March, though you can eat in other seasons as well.
There is no exchange counter in Kinosaki Onsen. You need to exchange foreign currency to Japanese Yen in advance, or withdraw cash at a post office ATM.
Post Office ATM
You can use international credit cards at Kinosaki Post Office in the area. You can withdraw money using your credit card or bank card.
Weekdays 8:45 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sundays and holidays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
There are many eating and drinking facilities in the town.
Caution when you go for a walk
Be careful not to get lost during your walk. Get a name card of your hotel at the front desk before leaving for a walk. Get one of the walking maps available at the Tourist Information Center at Kinosaki Station and hotels, and take it with you for a walk.
For Renting a car, you may need to present your International Driver's License (depending on which country you are from), along with a driver's license from your country.