In the Area

A guide to Kinosaki Onsen town and its many attractions
A town that boasts 1300 years of onsen history.
Walk from onsen to onsen, get a taste for each one's charm. Try out the variety of foods available at different spots scattered throughout.
Stroll through the atmospheric lanes and take in the beauty of the ancient Kinosaki Onsen.
What is presented below is just a small slice of what's available in Kinosaki Onsen.
We understand everyone has different tastes. Feel free to ask for a personal sightseeing recommendation from one of our staff members before you heading out into the town.

The 7 Mystic Onsen

Kinosaki's main charm is undoubtedly its seven public outdoor onsens.
Each onsen's waters are said to have been granted mystical powers by the ancient divine spirit that protects them. Entering one of the seven onsens is said to bestow healing blessings to the bather. Some of the fabled benefits include beauty, happiness, and even fertility.
Wear one of Sensui's original patterned Yukata, and experience the onsens for yourself.
  • Kono-yu (Waters of Happiness)

    Kono-yu (Waters of Happiness)

    Brings happiness and longevity in your relationship
    Konoyu gets its name from the fabled origin story of Kinosaki Onsen. A priest who was walking by the riverside chanced upon seeing an oriental stork (Konotori) nursing its wounded leg in the water. Upon further investigation by the priest, the healing properties of the onsen waters were discovered.
    Far off the main street, in a quiet corner of the town, Konoyu's onsen waters serve as both an amazing spot to bath and a good reason to walk through the lesser-travelled part of this historic town.
    Business Hours 7:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
    Holidays / Closed Tuesdays
    Entry Fee Adult 700 yen Child 350 yen (U-12yrs)
    Access
    Hyogo Prefecture, Toyooka city, Kinosaki, Yushima 610
    TEL.0796-32-2195
  • Mandara-yu (Waters of Wish Granting)

    Mandara-yu (Waters of Wish Granting)

    Brings economic prosperity, a bountiful harvest, and the granting of your one life wish
    The spring waters of Mandarayu were supposedly brought forth in 717AD, after a holy priest, Dochi, prayed continually for a thousand days.
    It is said that around 800 years after the spring water started flowing, one day the water unexpectedly started boiling. Luckily, a Nisshin high-priest from Kyoto happened to be in the town at the time. He drew up a mandala (an ancient Buddhist form of artwork — from which Mandara-yu gets its name) and threw it into the boiling water, where it sunk. As a result of the priests action, the water came down to a bathable temperature after several days.
    The stone monument outside the onsen's entrance has this origin story inscribed into it. The design of the roof of the main building has been made to imitate that of a Buddhist temple, and the entrance bargeboards are also in a refined traditional temple style.
    Business Hours 3:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
    Holidays / Closed Wednesdays
    Entry Fee Adult 600 yen Child 300 yen (U-12yrs)
    Access
    Hyogo Prefecture, Toyooka city, Kinosaki, Yushima 565
    TEL.0796-32-2194
  • Goshono-yu (Waters of Beauty)

    Goshono-yu (Waters of Beauty)

    Brings luck in love and beauty, and also provides safety from fires
    Goshono-yu was built in the likeness of Kyoto’s Imperial Palace. The foyer and lounge area are accessed by beautifully painted screens and the panels of the high ceiling are painted with Japanese flowers.
    Large and impressive Japanese Cypress beams hold up the bath area’s expansive glass ceiling, and its floor to ceiling windows. Soak in the outdoor bath surrounded by lush trees and bathe in natural light. Relax to the crashing sounds of the waterfall in the background.
    Business Hours 7:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
    Holidays / Closed First and third Thursday of every month
    Entry Fee Adult 800 yen Child 400 yen (U-12yrs)
    Access
    Hyogo Prefecture, Toyooka city, Kinosaki, Yushima 448
    TEL.0796-32-2230
  • Yanagi-yu (Waters of Fertility)

    Yanagi-yu (Waters of Fertility)

    Brings fertility and wellness in childbirth
    The word 'Yanagi' means 'willow tree' in Japanese. This onsen gets its name from the willow tree that used to be outside the onsens entrance, which was transported from the famous West Lake in Hangzhou, China. It is said that the water of this onsen also helps heal wounds and swelling.
    Business Hours 7:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
    Holidays / Closed Thursdays
    Entry Fee Adult 600 yen Child 300 yen (U-12yrs)
    Access
    Hyogo Prefecture, Toyooka city, Kinosaki, Yushima 647
    TEL.0796-32-2097
  • Jizo-yu (Waters of Salvation)

    Jizo-yu (Waters of Salvation)

    Brings safety within the home, safeguards against miscarriages, and provides salvation for humanity
    In the Edo period, many villages come to bath in this onsen's waters, and it became known as the onsen of the townspeople.
    The onsen gets its name because it is said that an image of the buddhist figure 'Jizou' burst out from the source of the hot spring water. The exterior is made to look like a Japanese-style lantern, and its large hexagonal windows are shaped like the marvelous stone structures that can be seen at the nearby Genbudo caves. It boasts the most modern interior out of all the 7 outdoor onsens.
    (Family baths available)
    Business Hours 7:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
    Holidays / Closed Fridays
    Entry Fee Adult 600 yen Child 300 yen (U-12yrs)
    Access
    Hyogo Prefecture, Toyooka city, Kinosaki, Yushima 796
    TEL.0796-32-2228
  • Ichino-yu (Waters of Academia)

    Ichino-yu (Waters of Academia)

    Brings good fortune with academic results and also traffic safety
    Ichino-yu's name, which roughly translates to 'Best Hot Spring', found its origin in a statement made by Shukutoku Kagawa, the founder of Edo-period Onsen Medicine, in his book "Choosing Medicine". In the book Kagawa praises the healing properties of the onsen (of what is now Ichinoyu) as being "number one under the heavens". The building is reminiscent of a Momoyama-style Kabuki theater, and is located in the dead-center of the town. For these reasons,this onsen has become a symbol of the town.
    (Family baths available)
    Business Hours 3:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
    Holidays / Closed Wednesdays
    Entry Fee Adult 600 yen Child 300 yen (U-12yrs)
    Access
    Hyogo Prefecture, Toyooka city, Kinosaki, Yushima 415-1
    TEL.0796-32-2229
  • Satono-yu (Waters of Connectedness)

    Satono-yu (Waters of Connectedness)

    Since hot springs started springing up around 1,400 years ago, Kinosaki has had a culture of healing the bodies and minds of its visitors. This culture has been inherited and continued over the generations.
    While maintaining this inherited culture, Satonoyu was created with a sense of modernity.
    With its exotic atmosphere, take in the herbal scents floating through the air and the sound of waterfalls in the background. Feel the mysterious charm of this Onsen.
    Unwind at your own pace while enjoying the spectacular view out over the Maruyama river.
    Business Hours 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
    Holidays / Closed Mondays
    Entry Fee Adult 800 yen Child 400 yen (U-12yrs)
    Access
    Hyogo Prefecture, Toyooka city, Kinosaki, Imazu290-36
    TEL.0796-32-0111
  • Taniguchi Game Arcade

    Taniguchi Game Arcade

    Enjoy the classic and nostalgic Japanese games such as the pinball-style 'Smart-ball', and the traditional target shooting game. This arcade has been in operation since the Showa era, and has a real retro Japanese feel that is hard to find elsewhere. It is also known for having a Shitzu dog as its part-time shop-keeper.
    Business Hours 8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
    Holidays / Closed Irregular
    Entry Fee Target practice - 200 yen for 10 shots
    Smartball - 200 yen for 50 balls
    *Prices and contents may change so please confirm with the shopkeeper for more details
    Access
    Hyogo Prefecture, Toyooka city, Kinosaki, Yushima 404
    TEL.0796-32-2428
  • Pudding Specialty Store

    Pudding Specialty Store

    Located down a small lane in Kiyamachi lies this adorable pudding specialty store. The pudding is all made by hand with love and attention to detail. Made using fresh and locally produced eggs, the rich but low-sugar taste of these puddings make them favored by all, no matter the age. Inside the store there are tables and counter seats available, so feel free to take your time while you enjoy your dessert. Enjoy trying each of the 3 different types of puddings and their different tastes and textures.
    Business Hours 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. 8:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
    Holidays / Closed Irregular
    Entry Fee
    • ● Egg pudding 350 yen
    • ● Cream Pudding 400 yen
    • ● Kimlan Premium 450 yen
    • ● Assorted 700 yen

    *Prices and contents may change so please confirm with the shopkeeper for more details

    Access
    Hyogo Prefecture, Toyooka city, Kinosaki, Torishima 391, Kiyamachi Komichi-G
    TEL.0796-32-2241
  • Kamiya Folkcraft Store

    Kamiya Folkcraft Store

    In Kinosaki's Kiyamachi town, try your hand at making traditional Japanese straw crafts.
    Tools and materials are all provided for you.
    The shopkeeper will be able to assist you no matter what your level of crafting experience is.
    The prices for using the equipment and materials, as well as tax, are all included in the total price.
    Time required and price:
    • ● Beginners post-card-making course:30 minutes 〜500 yen
    • ● Brooch-making course:60 minutes 〜 1,500 yen
    • ● Jewelry-box-making course:60 minutes 〜 3,000 yen

    *Prices and contents may change so please confirm with the shopkeeper for more details

    Access
    Hyogo Prefecture, Toyooka city, Kinosaki, Yushima 391
    TEL.0796−20-5206
  • Kinosaki Art and Literature Center

    Kinosaki Art and Literature Center

    Visit Kinosaki, the town with much literal and poetic history that set the stage for Naoya Shiga's famous book, 'In Kinosaki'.
    At the Kinosaki Art and Literature Center meet the different works and the artists behind them and see their connection with Kinosaki.
    Also waiting for you inside the center is a traditional straw-crafting corner, as well as a museum shop and a Haiku-creation corner.
    Double Strawcraft Experience and Museum-entry ticket Adult - 500 yen, Middle/Highschool student - 350 yen
    Holidays / Closed Irregular
    Business Hours 9:00〜17:00
    Entry Fee Museum-entry only
    Adult - 400 yen (300 yen) Middle/Highschool student - 300 yen (150 yen)
    *prices in brackets are for members in groups of 20 people or more
    Access
    Hyogo Prefecture, Toyooka city, Kinosaki, Yushima 357−1
    TEL.0796-32-2575
  • Kinosaki Cablecar

    Kinosaki Cablecar

    The Kinosaki ropeway connects the Onsenji Yakushido temple to the peak of Mt. Daishi above it by a 676 meter long cable-car.
    From the summit's viewing deck, you can look far out over Kinosaki, the Maruyama river and the distant Sea of Japan.
    This beautiful view out over the quaint onsen town is definitely worth seeing.
    Business Hours 9:10 a.m. - 5:10 p.m. (The final ride up is at 4:50 p.m.)
    Holidays / Closed The second and fourth Thursdays of every month. If these fall on a public holiday, then business will be conducted as usual
    Entry Fee To the summit of Mt. Daishi:
    Return-ticket: Adults 910 yen, Children 280 yen (With the return ticket, you can get off at the midway-station on the return trip.)
    One-way ticket: Adults 470 yen, Children 240 yen
    Half-way-up ticket: Adults 290 yen, Children 150 yen (this ticket takes you from the base of the mountain up to the mid-way station)
    Access
    Hyogo Prefecture, Toyooka city, Kinosaki, Yushima 806−1
    TEL.0796-32-2530
  • Marusan Goods Store

    Marusan Goods Store

    With not only Kinosaki's famous confectionaries, but also a multitude of Japanese trinkets, souvenirs, locally made bags, and over one hundred different traditional hand towels, this store has got something for everyone.
    Ths store also holds lots of orignal Kinosaki Onsen Ninja Squad toys as well as crab-themed goods.
    Business Hours 8:00 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
    Holidays / Closed Open all year round
    Access
    Hyogo Prefecture, Toyooka city, Kinosaki, Yushima 406
    TEL.0796-32-2352