Where to Relax in Kinosaki Onsen


2018.01.19

NAVITIME TRAVEL EDITOR

Located just under three hours from Kyoto by train, Kinosaki Onsen is a historic town nestled in a valley, surrounded by some of the most stunning landscapes this corner of Hyogo has to offer. For the ultimate in relaxation, a trek to this hidden hot spring village is the perfect place to unwind and lose yourself for a few days. Filled with a number of historic ryokans and relaxing public baths, here’s a guide to some of the best places to spend the day and the night while at Kinosaki Onsen.

  • 01

    Mikuniya Ryokan

    Mikuniya Ryokan

    Mikuniya Ryokan

    Mikuniya Ryokan is one of the most important places on this list when it comes to really enjoying everything Kinosaki Onsen has to offer. The on-site restaurant has two different meal options for dinner, succulent Tajima beef or fresh seasonal seafood. When it comes to the baths, this is where Mikuniya shines. These public baths are surrounded by stunning gardens giving guests the pleasure of bathing in the open air but maintaining complete privacy. The ryokan also offers Japanese calligraphy classes, here you can learn all about traditional calligraphy and try your hand at drawing your own characters. The staff will even give you your name in Kanji (Chinese characters). Located an easy three minute trip from Kinosaki’s main station, a stay at Mikuniya Ryokan is definitely one you won’t forget.

    Mikuniya Ryokan

    Mikuniya Ryokan

  • 02

    Satonoyu Onsen

    Satonoyu Onsen

    Satonoyu Onsen

    Located directly next to the station is Satonoyu. Though this is a day onsen, its beautiful panoramic views and impressive outdoor bath situated on the third floor observation deck make it a must visit location if you’re in the area. Sweat it out in the sauna filled with aromatic herbs or cool down in the popular ice-sauna for a unique and refreshing experience. The baths have both Japanese and Western sections, which alternate between men and women depending on the time of day, so chances are you’ll have to visit twice to try them both. The Japanese section is a classic style onsen, while Western section is similar to those found in European resorts.

  • 03

    Koyado Enn

    Koyado Enn

    Koyado Enn

    Sitting an easy three-minute walk from JR Kinosaki Onsen Station, Koyado Enn is one of the area’s newer ryokans, but certainly worth a visit. Opening in September 2013, this hotel offers new style accommodation with old-world charm. The ryokan has 11 rooms including semi-double rooms, twin rooms, Japanese rooms and Japanese-Western hybrid style rooms. They also have two indoor hot springs. The ryokan’s restaurant options are spread over two levels. On the first floor sits Cafe 3rd (also stylised as Cafe IIIrd) which serves up western styles breakfasts. On the second floor is Irori Dining Mikuni which offers a dish of Tajima Beef for dinner, which is definitely worth trying to truly get a taste of Hyogo.

  • 04

    Yanagi Yu Onsen

    Yanagi Yu Onsen

    Yanagi Yu Onsen

    Finally, Yanagi Yu Onsen is another day bath worth checking out if you have a few days to spend in the area. In Japanese Yanagi means ‘weeping willow’, and this bath gets its name from the willows dotted street that runs along the exterior of the building. Yanagi Yu is also considered the onsen of fertility and safe childbirth.

    Kinosakionsen
    place
    Hyougo Pref
    Kokoro-no-yado Mikuniya
    rating

    4.5

    102 Reviews
    place
    221 Yushima, Kinosaki-cho, , Toyooka
    phone
    0796322414
    Satonoyu
    rating

    4.0

    102 Reviews
    place
    Hyogo Pref. Toyokashi Kinosakichouimadu 290-36
    phone
    0796320111
    opening-hour
    13:00-21:00 (Last entry unti…
    Kinosaki Onsen Koyado Enn
    rating

    4.0

    28 Reviews
    place
    219,Yushima,Toyooka-city Hyogo
    phone
    0796324870
  • Yanagiyu
    rating

    3.5

    78 Reviews
    place
    Hyogo Pref. Toyokashi Kinosakichouyushima 647
    phone
    0796322097
    opening-hour
    15:00-23:00 (Last entry unti…

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