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Kansai Region


Kinosaki Onsen

Kinosaki Onsen

Kinosaki Onsen, the classic Japanese hot spring resort, is located in northern Hyogo Prefecture on the coast of the Sea of Japan.

This pleasant town, built along a willow lined river, is one of the top Onsen destinations of the Kansai Region.

Traditional wooden houses sit along the willow lined river which carries colorful carp through the town centre.

Hot springs were discovered in Kinosaki around the 8th century and since then the town has developed into a charmingly old-fashioned onsen town.

The Kinosaki Onsen Resort was once a spa called Tajima-no-yu.

Since more hot springs were found in 1950's, the area has grown to be a new sightseeing and health spot in and around the Hanshin (Osaka-Kobe) district.