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Onsen with characteristic

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Hyogo perfection consisting of ‘5 provinces’, including Settsu, Harima, Tajima, Tamba, and Awaji has many hot springs that have long since been used for healing by Japanese people. Arima Hot Spring located approximately 30 min from Kobe and Osaka is renowned as Japan's oldest hot spring, and has been used by Japanese well-known figures for healing. Kinosaki Hot Spring located in the Tajima area is a popular hot spring resort with 7 outdoor baths. At Yumura Hot Spring, visitors can cook eggs to make "onsen tamago" or "slow-boiled eggs" in the 98℃ water that gushes forth from the springs. Many other unique hot springs welcome you, such as hot springs looking out over the sea, and hot springs lying along ravines.

Onsen of Hyogo

Hyogo prefecture has many hot springs. Arima Hot Spring and Kinosaki Hot Spring are prime examples of Japanese hot springs. At hot springs, there are hotels and ryokan (traditional Japanese inns), and you can enjoy bathing in the hot springs there. Hotels and ryokan also often provide delicious food made with local ingredients. There are also many bath houses in Hyogo. For a fee, you can bathe in the hot spring water. The baths will alleviate your travel fatigue.

Way of enjoying Onsen

Large public baths serve a large amount of people so it is important to keep that in mind when using them, and try to leave things as you found them. You must first clean your body in the showers before entering the bath. It is considered rude to bring your towel into the water with you. Dry your body as much as possible before going back into the dressing room. Until you get used to bathing in the hot springs, try to avoid staying in the water for too long. You might get dizzy from the heat.

Kobe, Hanshin

Arima Hot Spring

Arima Hot Spring is one of the oldest hot springs in Japan.It is an exemplary Japanese hot spring.The site can be reached by car in 30 min from Osaka and Kobe, and in less than 1 h from Kyoto. The hot springs here that are referred to as “gold springs” have a very high iron content so are a reddish brown color. The clear hot springs here are called “silver springs” . You should explore hot spring towns and their many gift shops.

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Kobe, Hanshin

Takarazuka Onsen

Takarazuka Hot Spring is a geothermal hot-spring resort just 30 minutes by train from Kobe or Osaka. The onsen is said to have existed since around 700 years ago. There is also a local legend that says that “bathing in the hot springs can heal the body". Takarazuka is also home to the Takarazuka Opera. Other than that, the area also features many fashionable restaurants and sweets shops.

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Kobe, Hanshin

Takedao Onsen

Takedao Hot Spring is a hot spring in the Mukogawa Valley. Its location is very quiet and full of nature. The Mukogawa Valley changes with each season. The colors of its autumn leaves are especially beautiful. It also has open-air baths with views of autumn leaves. The river is very clear, so fireflies can be seen there in the summer.

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Harima

Ako Onsen

Ako Hot Spring is a hot spring near the sea. From there, on a clear day, you can probably see across the Seto Inland Sea to Shodoshima, Ieshima, and even Shikoku. Its sunsets are also very beautiful. The hot spring there is said to be one of the best in Japan, and well-known for being good for the skin.

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Harima

Shiota Onsen

Shiota Hot Spring is the nearest hot spring to Unesco World Heritage Site Himeji Castle. It has been known as a great hot spring for around 300 years. It is located in a tranquil place, surrounded by a rural landscape. In spring, you can see beautiful cherry blossoms in full bloom around the Yumesaki River. In summer, you can also see fireflies.

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Tajima

Kinosaki Hot Spring

Kinosaki Hot Spring is said to have been discovered by an Oriental stork around 1400 years ago. The willow trees that line the banks of the Otanigawa River are a sight of uplifting beauty. The roads are lined with wooden Japanese inns and shops. Here, you can experience seven different bath houses, all with their own unique characteristics. Put on your yukata, and go around to each of the seven hot springs. The area is also known as a great spot for cherry blossom viewing in the spring.

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Tajima

Yumura Onsen

Yumura Hot Spring gushes with geothermal waters at a scalding 98°C. Even in Japan, hot springs of such extremely high temperatures are rare. At a hot spring named Arayu, the gushing water is so hot that eggs can be boiled in it. Eggs are sold for this purpose at nearby shops. The locals also boil vegetables in the water. There is also a hot footbath that is about 20 meters long.

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Awaji

Sumoto Hot Spring

Sumoto Hot Spring is a largest hot spring resort on Awaji Island. In 1993, new hot springs were discovered. At Japanese inns and hotels, there are open-air baths with great views of the sea. The water at Sumoto Hot Spring is clear and is considered to be very good for the skin. At the Japanese inns and hotels, you can eat delicious seafood caught locally around Awaji Island.

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Awaji

Minami-Awaji Onsen village

In the Minamiawaji hot-spring resort village, the geothermal hot springs gush from the ground in six places, creating six hot springs: Uzushio Hot Spring, Nandan Hot Spring, Mihara Hot Spring, Sunrise Hot Spring, Shiozaki Hot Spring and Tsutsui Hot Spring. Each of these hot springs is said to have beneficial effects for the skin. At the nearby Naruto Strait, you can view some of the largest whirlpools in the world. Each hot spring offers different benefits, so we recommend taking the time to try all six.

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