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A quaint hot spring town in the North of Hyogo prefecture
Short trip from Kyoto to Kinosaki

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Noro Randria / I'm from Paris, France / I have lived in Japan for 2 years.

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Attracted by the country’s entertainment industry, I first visited Japan in the summer of 2012 with my little sister (who currently lives in the southern island of Fukuoka) as a tourist. Ever since, I have been going back and forth between my beloved home country France and my adopted country Japan. I have been successively a photojournalist in Tokyo, Nagano and the Kansai area, an exchange student in Osaka and a bell-girl at a luxury hotel, also in Osaka. I have now established myself in Toyooka City, Hyogo prefecture where I work in the tourism division of the city hall as a Coordinator for International Relations (CIR) as part of the JET program. My job consists in (but is definitely not limited to) promoting the nearby hot spring town of Kinosaki Onsen.

Located in the city of Toyooka, Kinosaki is an onsen (literally hot spring) town filled with the traditions and culture of old Japan. This picturesque town is one of the few traditional style hot spring resorts left in the country, with buildings made of wood that don't exceed three stories. Kinosaki is famous for its seven public baths, called soto-yu. Each of them has its own atmosphere and style. Visitors are allowed to walk around town wearing a light kimono known as yukata and geta shoes. The concept of Kinosaki is to consider the whole town as one house with the train station being the entrance, the streets being the hallways, the soto-yu being the bathrooms and the inns the bedrooms. With its willow trees lining the Otani River that runs through the town, Kinosaki is worth visiting all year round as each season has its own charm: cherry blossoms, fireworks, red leaves and snow.

Kyoto Station

JR San'in Main Line Limited Express Hashidate 1 (1hr 16min)
¥4,840

https://www.westjr.co.jp/global/en/timetable/

Fukuchiyama Station

Transfer

Fukuchiyama Station

JR San'in Main Line Limited ExpressKonotori 3 (1hr 6min)

Kinosaki Onsen Station

Walk (1min)

Kinosaki Onsen Tourist Information SOZORO (5min)

http://global.kinosaki-info.com/

Lunch and afternoon stroll in Kinosaki

  • Estimated time:2hr

Fill your eyes with the townscape and your stomach with local specialties

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Kinosaki Onsen Station

Kinosaki Ropeway (5min)
¥900

Onsenji Temple Station

Walk (1min)

Onsenji Temple

  • Estimated time:15min
  • Estimated cost:¥300

A trip back in time to discover the roots of Kinosaki's 1300 years of history

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Onsenji Temple Station

Kinosaki Ropeway (5min)

Taishi-sancho Station

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Top of Mount Taishi

  • Estimated time:20min

The best spot to get a breathtaking view of the whole of Kinosaki

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Taishi-sancho Station

Kinosaki Ropeway

Kinosaki Onsen Station

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Check-in

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Sotoyu Meguri - hot spring hopping (part 1)

  • Estimated time:2hr

Seven unique experiences at seven baths in two days

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Dinner at a hotel

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An evening in Kinosaki

  • Estimated time:1hr

When the sun goes down the town reveals its other face

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Stay in Kinosaki Onsen

An authentic Japanese accommodation experience for all budgets

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Breakfast

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Sotoyu Meguri - hot spring hopping (part 2)

  • Estimated time:1hr

Bath Stroll in the morning

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Check-out

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Kinosaki Literary Museum

  • Estimated time:1hr

Celebrating writers on whom Kinosaki has left a lasting impression

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Kinosaki Onsen-eki Stop

Zentan Bus (1hr 9min)

Izushi Stop

Walk (10min)

Lunch in Izushi Castle Town

  • Estimated time:1hr

Discover Izushi sara soba, a simple but delicious dish

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Ruins of Izushi Castle

  • Estimated time:30min

The remains of a castle built in 1604 at the foot of Mount Ariko

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Izushi Castle Town

  • Estimated time:1hr

A peaceful and historical town full of charm

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Izushi Stop

Zentan Bus (37min)

Toyooka-eki Stop

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Toyooka Station

JR San'in Main Line Limited Express Kinosaki (2hr 37min)
¥4,840

Kyoto Station

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