4 best Onsens around Kyoto

Kyoto is an international cultural tourism city located in the Kansai region of Honshu. Kyoto was the capital of Japan for about 1100 years from 794. The ancient capital of Kyoto has a variety of tangible and intangible cultural heritage that has been built up over a long history. Kyoto is a place where you can still feel the traditional culture of Japan, such as historic shrines and temples, and maiko walking around the flower district. Access to Kyoto is by Shinkansen. Kyoto does not have an airport, so when you fly, you use the nearby Itami Airport, Kansai International Airport, and Kobe Airport. The city has a well-developed transport network of buses and subways, providing easy access to tourist attractions. Famous hot spring resorts near Kyoto include Shirahama Onsen, Arima Onsen, and Kinosaki Onsen. This time, we will introduce some of the hot springs carefully selected from Arima Onsen and Kinosaki Onsen.

Top 6 Recommended Onsens

1. <HYOGO> Mikiya

Facility Overview

About a 15-minute walk from JR Kinosaki Onsen Station. Founded 300 years ago, it is a long-established inn that is a nationally registered tangible cultural property related to Naoya Shiga's "At Jonozaki".

Naoya Shiga was a Japan writer who was called the god of novels. Shiga, who was seriously injured when he was hit by a train coming from behind while walking on the tracks, visited Kinosaki Onsen to recuperate. Shiga stayed at Mikiya and wrote his masterpiece "At Jonozaki". Shiga's favorite room is still intact.

Mikiya is located in the center of a bustling hot spring town where the sound of geta walking in yukata reverberates, but once you step inside, you will find a quiet space where quiet time flows. During your stay, you can enjoy visiting the two indoor baths in the hotel and the seven outdoor hot springs in the hot spring town.

The lounge next to the lobby has a library space of about 250 books. The book selection is by Mr. Yoshitaka Width, a book director who is involved in the publishing NPO "Books and Onsen" in Kinosaki Onsen. Mikiya was visited by many cultural figures, including artists and painters from the same Shirakaba school as Naoya Shiga. In the library space, you can spend a relaxing time with a wide selection of books, from masterpieces written by former residents to photo books with book space.

From the veranda of the guest room, you can see the expression of the Japan garden in all four seasons. The Japan garden, which covers about 300 tsubo, incorporates the surrounding Mt. Daishi into the landscape and arranges a pond. Borrowing is a traditional landscaping technique in which Japan borrows a distant mountain view as part of the garden background.

What you want to try at Kinosaki Onsen is to take a walk around the hot spring town and go around the outdoor hot springs wearing a yukata robe. At Mikiya, yukata are available in the yukata corner so that you can wear your favorite yukata and take a walk around the hot spring town or visit the outdoor hot springs.


There are two large public baths (indoor baths) in the building, "Azalea no Yu" and "Hiiragi no Yu".

In Azalea no Yu, you can see three types of azaleas outside the window from the bathroom: Satsuki Azalea, Doudan Azalea, and Hirado Azalea. Azaleas bloom from April to May. You can spend a relaxing time while feeling the change of seasons.

At Hiiragi no Yu, you can slowly heal the fatigue of your trip while looking at the tsubo garden where Hiiragi Nanten is geguru. At Hiiragi no Yu, a new bath has been created while retaining the remnants of the original guest rooms, such as the duck house, the ceiling of the porch, and the earthen walls.

The ceiling is an atrium with only the beams left, so you can enjoy an outstanding sense of freedom.

The quality of the spring is high in sodium and calcium chloride. It is effective for neuralgia, muscle pain, joint pain, frozen shoulder, motor paralysis, joint stiffness, etc. Both Azalea no Yu and Hiiragi no Yu have a fixed time of day for men and women to bathe. In hot water on both sides, men and women are swapped in a time shift system.

Mikiya is a space where Japan's cultural figures and literary figures have spent time, and it is recommended for those who want to spend a peaceful time.

Kinosaki Onsen has seven outdoor hot springs. During your stay, you can enjoy not only the hot springs in the hotel, but also the outdoor hot springs in the hot spring town. At Kinosaki Onsen, it is a daily occurrence to wear a yukata and go around the outdoor hot springs. It is also a quiet base for those who want to change into a yukata and geta and experience Japan's hot spring culture.

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2. <HYOGO> Arima Onsen Motoyu | Kosenkaku

Facility Overview

It is about a 10-minute walk from Kobe Electric Railway's Arima Onsen Station. Boasting the highest amount of hot water and the quality of good springs in Arima, it is one of the few Motoyu ryokan in Arima that has its own hot spring. Kosenkaku is located on a quiet hill where you can overlook the mountains of Tamba from the lobby, away from the hustle and bustle of the hot spring town. On a vast site of about 60,000 tsubo, there are 55 ryokan rooms consisting of 3 buildings with a wide variety, 11 lodges, and 2 Japanese and Western restaurants. In summer, a pool is also available. At Kosenkaku, we will create a memorable situation for your trip.

All of the guest rooms at the ryokan with a wonderful Japanese taste are 8 tatami mats or more. It is a spacious space where you can relax and relax.

The lodge is the only resort lodge in Arima. It is a detached log house in the style of a highland villa using Finnish wood. Whether you're a family member or a friend, you can have a great time in your private space.

Stretching from lodges to Japanese restaurants, the Japan Garden is a treasure trove of nature. The scenery centered on "Daikoku Pond" is tasteful with references to the Kyoto Imperial Palace, Shugakuin Palace, and Kairakuen Garden. At the Japan Garden, you can experience the four seasons of Japan at any time, such as cherry blossoms in spring, fresh greenery in summer, autumn leaves in autumn, and snowy scenery in winter.


Arima Onsen, which boasts a history of about 1,300 years, is one of the three ancient springs in Japan with a long history. Arima Onsen is also known for its good spring quality. Arima Onsen has two types of onsens: the reddish-brown hot water "Kinsen" and the colorless and transparent hot water "Ginsen".

Kosenkaku is a Motoyu ryokan that has its own source of the reddish-brown hot water "Kinsen" of Arima Onsen. At the ryokan, we provide abundant hot water from Kinsen in a state of "100% natural" water that exceeds 6 tons per hour. The hot water is changed twice a day, so you can always enjoy the onsen with a fresh feeling. The quality of the spring is iron(II)-sodium-chloride strong salt onsen. It is a hot water that contains a lot of iron, and has effects such as sensitivity to cold, neuralgia, fatigue recovery, and health promotion.

The beginnings of Kosenkaku date back to 1952, shortly after the end of World War II. The second-generation president of a company that manufactures textile machine parts envisioned the idea of building a guest house in Arima to entertain business partners. At that time, there was not a single inn in Arima Onsen that had its own onsen, and all of them were supplied from other areas. The guest house's commitment is to be an inn that has its own onsen. In 1956, Kosenkaku opened as the only cooking ryokan in Arima where you can enjoy abundant private onsens in an authentic rock bath.

At Kosenkaku, you can enjoy two different onsens, the rock bath and the octagonal hall.

The rock bath is an onsen that has been flowing from the source since its founding. A flowing onsen is an onsen in which a new source is always put into the bathtub and the overflowing water is not reused. While soaking in a heavy and quaint rock bathtub, you can heal your body with fresh golden spring water.

The octagonal hall is an onsen hall built to overlook the garden. The ceiling and pillars inside the building are all made of cypress, and the floor is made of black granite, which is pleasant to the touch. From the inside of the fully glass-walled bathroom, you can take a bath while looking at the garden, which changes its flavor depending on the four seasons.

Kosenkaku is a quiet place surrounded by the mountains of Arima, and is recommended for those who want to experience the famous onsen "Kinsen", which is counted as one of the three ancient springs in Japan. Kinsen has the effect of relieving neuralgia and fatigue, so you can heal your tired feet and body from travel in the onsen.

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3. <HYOGO> Arima Onsen | Ginsuiso Choraku

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A 10-minute walk from Kobe Electric Railway's Arima Onsen Station. It is the only onsen inn in Arima Onsen where you can enjoy hot water from both its own onsen and silver spring. Choraku is located on a hill overlooking the onsen town and the Rokko Mountain Federation, and you can see the mountains of Arima and the rich nature of the surrounding area from your room.

There are various types of rooms such as Japanese-style rooms, Western-style rooms, and Japanese-Western rooms. In addition to general guest rooms, there are also three rooms available, including a 40-tatami Japanese-style room with an open-air bath and a steam bath, and a separate residence with an open-air bath, "Shiki". It is an adult hideaway inn that is attractive because you can enjoy the gold and silver springs of Arima Onsen in private. There is also a day-trip onsen bath.

There is also a café corner, a restaurant, an esthetic salon, a lounge, and a shop in the building. At the shop, you can buy soaps and cosmetics using Choraku's original onsens. In summer, you can also use the pool.

You can enjoy dishes that make use of local ingredients and seasonal specialties.


At Choraku, you can enjoy the onsens of gold and silver springs from your own source in a bath with various tastes.

Kinsen is a reddish-brown water that contains a lot of iron. The quality of the golden springs that spring up in various parts of Arima varies slightly depending on the source. The golden spring of Choraku contains a lot of lithium ions and can be expected to have a healing effect. The quality of the spring is iron-containing carbon dioxide-sodium-chloride strong salt spring. Hot water has a moisturizing and bactericidal effect. It is effective for cold sensitivity, back pain, joint pain, wounds, burns, and various allergic skin diseases.

Ginsen is a colorless and transparent hot water that contains radioactivity. Radioactivity has an image of being scary and dangerous, but the amount of radioactivity contained in ginsen is said to activate the cells of the body and have a positive effect. The quality of the spring is radium spring, and by sucking in the gases scattered in the air from the respiratory system, the natural healing power is enhanced and the effect can be obtained.

In the open-air bath of Kunugi no Yu, a large amount of the radioactive gas radon is taken into the body in a jacuzzi that stirs silver springs. Standing hot water stretches the lower back of people with back pain and promotes blood circulation.

In the large public bath, there is an open-air bath of Kinsen and an indoor bath of Ginsen. There is also a private open-air bath of gold spring and silver spring.

In addition to the private open-air bath, for those who want to secure their privacy and enjoy the onsens, there is "Choyoan", a Japanese-style room with an open-air bath, and "Shiki", a separate residence with an open-air bath.

Choyoan is a 40-tatami Japanese-style room with a ginsen open-air bath and a ginsen steam bath overlooking the Japan garden. This spacious room has been renovated from a small banquet hall and can be used by a large number of people.

At Shiki, you can enjoy the open-air bath of Kinsen, the outdoor steam bath of Ginsen, the semi-open-air bath, and the foot bath. There are Japanese-style and Western-style rooms.

The attraction of Choraku is that you can secure your privacy with guest room onsens and private baths, and you can enjoy both gold and silver onsens. Even those who are reluctant to take a naked bath with strangers in the public bath can take a bath with peace of mind. Recommended for couples, families, and those who want to enjoy a luxurious onsen time with a special person.

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4. <HYOGO> Spa Terrace Shisui

Facility overview

Located a 10-minute walk from Kobe Electric Railway's Arima Onsen Station, it is a sister store of Choraku.

SPA TERRACE Shisui is an inn in Arima that weaves the goodness of Japan and the present where you can enjoy gold and silver springs. Rooms are available according to the purpose, such as Japanese-style rooms, Western-style rooms, and Japanese-Western rooms. The Japanese-Western room is a Japanese-modern room with a sense of Japanese tradition and modernity. It has a photogenic appearance that expresses the colors of Rokko, which is rich in nature, with the sensibility of a female designer. Some rooms have a mixed onsen bath, which is a mixture of gold and silver springs. The cuisine is a Japanese-style French cuisine with a colorful mix of Japanese and Western styles that look like flowers have bloomed suddenly.

SPA TERRACE Shisui is a modern Japanese inn for women that satisfies the five senses of women. On-site amenities include a lounge, spa and relaxation rooms.


SPA TERRACE Shisui has a large public bath for women, "Totoya no Yu", a large public bath for men, "Sumiya no Yu", and rooms with open-air baths.

Totoya no Yu is a large public bath with the trees of the Arima Mountains spreading out in front of you. There is an open-air bath with a wood-scented spring and an indoor bath with a silver spring. In addition to the hot water of Kinsen and Ginsen, the aroma mist sauna uses the antioxidant properties of Ginsen to promote energy charge and detoxification of the mind and body. Sumiya-no-yu has an open-air bath with a golden spring where you can feel a pleasant breeze while looking at the blue sky and greenery, and a small indoor bath with a silver spring.

The onsen in the guest room with an open-air bath is a mixture of gold and silver springs. There are Japanese-style rooms, Western-style rooms, and Japanese-Western rooms.

As it is a sister store of Choraku, guests can also use the onsens of Choraku during their stay.

SPA TERRACE Shisui is recommended for women who are interested in beauty and health who want to heal their daily mental and physical fatigue.

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