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Kinosaki Onsen

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Address: 357-1 Kinosakicho Yushima, Toyooka 669-6101, Hyogo Prefecture
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Kinosaki Onsen is a traditional Japanese hot spring town located 2.5 hours...

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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Sleepy resort town, nice break from city

We came to kinosakionsen after 5 days in Kyoto and Osaka, which made for a lovely break from the hustle and bustle of the city. It was raining on our first night, and the whole... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We came to kinosakionsen after 5 days in Kyoto and Osaka, which made for a lovely break from the hustle and bustle of the city. It was raining on our first night, and the whole town was closed by 7pm besides for the various onsens. Food options were almost non-existent, and we had our dinner in Family Mart (which wasn't... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is quite a unique onsen town. With the pass issued by your ryokan, you get to use 7 public baths. There are plenty of good food around and I fond the seafood and beef here reasonably priced and of high quality. The down side, the streets are narrow and cars blocked pedestrians, making it quite an adventure to walk... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We took the train from Kyoto to Kinosaki onsen ( 2.5 hours , covered by JR pass ) Kinosaki onsen is a nice small village with a lot of Onsen , you can purchase a ticket ( 1200 yen ) with that ticket you can visit most of the onsen without paying extra. By the way we had the best... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was just gorgeous. Pretty little town, beautiful stream down the centre, can only imagine how pretty in winter. Hot baths were very hot, the bars were cute, the pachinko was a losing game. We had a lovely lovely time here on honeymoon!

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Thank James C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The whole point of this town is onsen. So if you're not an onsen person, there is no point. It has essentially one Main Street lined with public onsen houses and ryokans. And every visitor is intent on onsen hopping dressed in a yukata. Expect the public onsens to be crowded and busy. It won't be the tranquil experience but... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful city with 7 different onsens of which 5 are always open. Typical japanese expirence you shouldnt miss for a good price. Its managable to go there back and forward from Kyoto in one day with train. Very nice city to walk through and eat something great. I dare you to hold on in any onsen for longer than 30... More 

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Thank Kamil B
VisitKinosaki, Owner at Kinosaki Onsen, responded to this review

Dear Kamil B, We appreciate your time and comment. Please allow me to add details about onsen in Kinosaki. Each seven public bath house has a day off on weekdays and all of them are open on weekends. And they are available within their opening hours. As you said, the town is filled with Japanese culture, such as onsen, yukata,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

There were 7 onsens here but the most beautiful were Gosho no Yu and Ichi no yu which had outdoor onsen available Gosho no yu was like waterfall style onsen and Ichi no yu is cave style It was raining when i was there but it was so perfect feeling that you feel cold from the rain then go for... More 

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Thank Hoon M
VisitKinosaki, Owner at Kinosaki Onsen, responded to this review

Apologies for the late reply. Your comment is highly appreciated. We are glad to know you truly enjoyed onsen experience in Kinosaki. Fun fact: during the winter months, the town is covered in pure white snow and is very beautiful. We hope you come back again and enjoy winter onsen at Kinosaki! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

Kinosaki Onsen is a fantastic place located north side of the kansai prefecture. Is a small town full of Hot Spring Bath (japaneses Onsens), ryokans (typical japanese accomodation) whose all prepare breakfast and dinner in your japanese style room. You can walk around for the small village in Yukata (japanese kimono) and go inside the 7 pubblic bath by spending... More 

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VisitKinosaki, Owner at Kinosaki Onsen, responded to this review

Dear The13Rock, Thank you very much for your kind words about Kinosaki Onsen. As you said, Kinosaki Onsen is the best place to escape from the cities and refresh your mind and body. Quick correction here: it takes approximately 2.5 hours from Kyoto, and including the connection time, it would take around 5 hours to get to Kinosaki Onsen from... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

That’s what the onsen brochure said. This onsen is an old one recently renovated. It has a small bath but a nice old comfortable bath atmosphere. Opens from 3 p.m. Closed on Thursday.

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Thank DYA717
VisitKinosaki, Owner at Kinosaki Onsen, responded to this review

Dear DYA717, Thank you very much for your review. Probably your message is about Yanagi-yu. Yanagi means willow in Japanese. It is named after the legend which says that the water sprang from under the willow. By the way, at each of the seven public bathhouses in Kinosaki Onsen, the first guest on each day can get a wooden tag... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

after almost three weeks of traveling for Japan, we chose Kinosaki as the last point where to rest a few days. perfect choice. We experienced: onsen ryokan, kaiseky dinner, peace and relaxation. Truly a fitting end to a wonderful trip. Beautiful the impact at the station with the employees of the tourist center ready to welcome helping around.

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VisitKinosaki, Owner at Kinosaki Onsen, responded to this review

Dear Myluggageintheworld, Thank you very much for your kind words about Kinosaki Onsen. And thank you again for choosing the town as your last destination. It is our pleasure to know you felt the beauty of the Japanese countryside. We look forward to welcoming you again. More 

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