Kinosaki Onsen Hot Springs Stay
- 3 Days
- 3 Days
- Prices From:
- US$ 823
FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: Unwind from your Kyoto sightseeing in the traditional Japanese way, staying at Kinosaki Onsen. Stay in a traditional Ryokan in Kinosaki, enjoying a range of unique traditional bath facilities.
This 3-day stay lets you experience the onsen, a mainstay of Japanese tradition and health.
Transfer from Kyoto to the beautiful village of Kinosaki, and check into your traditional ryokan accommodation. Sleep on a comfortable futon, enjoy a multi course kaiseki traditional dinner, and bathe in the traditional hot springs that define the onsen experience. Most baths are gender separated, but you’ll have access to your own open-air hot spring bath from your room. With two nights here, do as much or as little as you’d like, perhaps taking in the Onsenji temple, or exploring the town before returning to Kyoto.
- 3 Days
- 3 Days
- Prices From:
- US$ 823
Itinerary View Trip Map
Kyoto - Kinosaki Onsen
This afternoon, you will travel from Kyoto to Kinosaki Onsen. Please make your own way to Kyoto station and use the provided tickets to take the Kinosaki Limited Express train. The train winds its way up through the mountains of Hyogo prefecture so you can expect some delightful scenery along the way. Journey time is approximately 2hrs 25mins.
Upon arrival at Kinosaki Onsen station, please make your own way to your accommodation. Your ryokan is around a 15 minute walk from the station and you can make your way there by walking along the town's beautiful canal. However, if you'd rather skip the walk, the ryokan does offer a complimentary shuttle bus. Please inform us prior to your arrival in Kinosaki Onsen if you would like to use this and we can make the arrangements.
If you have some time this afternoon, we recommend a visit to Onsenji Temple. This is a temple dedicated to, you guessed it, onsen! In years gone by, a visit here was compulsory before using any of the town's baths. Although this is no longer the case, the tradition still persists, so many visitors to Kinosaki Onsen make this temple their first stop. The gate leading up the mountain to the temple can be found near to the Kono-yu public bath house. If you would rather not walk up, a ropeway can take you to Onsenji Temple's main hall.
A delicious seasonal kaiseki (multi-course) Japanese meal is included at your lodgings tonight. Your ryokan has its own baths drawing from a naturally-occurring spring source, so be sure to take advantage of that this evening!
You have a day at your leisure to explore Kinosaki Onsen, today.
Kinosaki Onsen has an agreement whereby anyone staying at one of the town's many ryokan receives a pass to enter all seven of the town's public bath houses free of charge between check-in and checkout. Feel free to head out in your ryokan's provided yukata, or bath robe, as it will be much easier to change in and out of your clothes at each bath house, this way. No need to be shy-wearing a yukata around a hot spring town is a perfectly normal thing to do in Japan and you'll notice that everybody else is wearing the same thing.
Many want to experience Japanese bathing culture when they visit the country, but like so many things in Japan, there is a etiquette to follow. Please see the next page for details. We ask that you please be courteous and stick to these rules to get the most enjoyment from your onsen experience in Japan.
Japanese Bathing 101
Baths are communal
As with the onsen at your ryokan, baths may be gender-segregated but you will have to share with other bathers. It may be a little embarrassing at first, but communal bathing is very normal in Japan and you will soon get used to it. Please do not wear bathing suits or any articles of clothing in the baths. This is a big cultural taboo
Take a towel with you
Many public baths will only provide towels for a fee (usually a few hundred yen). We would also like to ask you to consider the environment. Please take the towels from your ryokan with you and keep a waterproof bag handy to put them in.
Leave all belongings outside of the bathroom
There are lockers in the changing room where you can leave your belongings. Normally, these are locked with a key on a strap that goes around your wrist, ankle or neck. Do not take anything into the bathroom with you (e.g. skincare products, hair brushes etc) except for a small body towel for discreet cover. However, take care not to put this towel in the bath water.
Rinse off before you bathe
As the baths are shared, it is courteous to clean off before you get in. At Japanese bath houses, there is usually a line of showers with small stools to sit on where you can have a good scrub before a soothing bath. The floors in these areas are often slippery. Please watch your step, and take care as you cross the floor to the bath.
Be considerate of others
The Japanese take a relaxing bath very seriously! Do not run around or push and shove. The baths are for bathing and not for swimming, so do not swim in the baths and avoid putting your head below the water. Ladies are expected to tie long hair up out of the way so that it does not trail in the bath. Talking is of course fine and you may very well find that friendly Japanese folk will strike up conversation with you in the bath, but do not shout.
While these are a fashion statement in the West, in Japan, tattoos are culturally associated with underground gangs and organized crime. However, the seven public bath houses at Kinoasaki Onsen do allow foreign visitors with tattoos so you should have no trouble enjoying the bath.
At the end of the day, another delicious Japanese kaiseki meal will be served at your ryokan. Although time slips away when enjoying Japanese baths, please be sure to return in time for dinner!
|Meal Plan||Breakfast and Dinner|
Kinosaki Onsen - Kyoto
Sadly, the time has come to leave this pleasant hot spring town and travel to the bright lights of Osaka. We will provide you with tickets to reach Osaka today (journey time is just under 3 hours) but your arrangements will end upon arrival at Osaka station.
- 2 nights first-class ryokan accommodations at Mikiya in Kinosaki Onsen
- Accommodation as per above itinerary in twin share rooms
- Train tickets of ordinary standard class
- Government tax and services charge
- Pass for Kinosaki Onsen's seven baths
- Breakfast daily (excluding day 1), 2 dinners
- Guiding, transfers or luggage handling
- Travel insurance
- International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
- Visa fees if applicable
- Meals and beverages not mentioned
- Items of a personal nature
TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.
21 Oct 2023