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Onsen with characteristic

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Hyogo prefecture, comprised of the five former provinces of Settsu, Harima, Tajima, Tamba, and Awaji, has many "onsens" or "hot springs" which are institutions that have provided healing and relaxation for Japanese people since ancient times. Arima Onsen, located about 30 minutes from Kobe and Osaka, is Japan's oldest well-known hot spring, and has comforted many great men of Japanese history. Bathing in each of the seven outdoor hot springs at Kinosaki Onsen, located in the Tajima region, is a very popular activity. At Yumura Onsen, visitors can cook eggs to make "onsen tamago" or "slow-boiled eggs" in the 98℃ water that gushes forth from the springs. Other than those, there are onsen with ocean views, onsen built along the sides of valleys, and a plethora of other unique onsen waiting for your visit.

Onsen of Hyogo

Hyogo prefecture has many onsens. Arima Onsen and Kinosaki Onsen are prime examples of Japanese hot springs. At onsens, 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 Onsen

Arima Onsen is one of the oldest onsens in Japan. We can go by car which is Onsen on behalf of Japan from Kyoto from Osaka and Kobe within one hour for 30 minutes. The baths will really warm you up. 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”. Taking a stroll through the hot spring town, where there are souvenir shops, is recommended.

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Kobe, Hanshin

Takarazuka Onsen

Takarazuka Onsen is 30 minutes from Kobe and Osaka by train. 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 Onsen 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 Onsen 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. It is said that Onsen is good for skin. It is one of the Onsen superior in Japan.

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Harima

Shiota Onsen

Shiota Onsen is the nearest hot spring to Unesco World Heritage Site Himeji Castle. It has been known as a great onsen 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 Onsen

Kinosaki Onsen is a hot spring town said to have been discovered by an Oriental stork about 1,400 years ago. It is a place with very beautiful rows of weeping willows that blossom along Otani-gawa River. There are also rows of wooden ryokan (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 Onsen has waters that bubble up at 98 degrees Celsius. A 98 degree hot spring is very rare even throughout Japan. “Arayu” is one spring site there you can boil eggs. Eggs are sold at nearby shops and can be suspended in the water. 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 Onsen

Sumoto Onsen is the largest hot springs resort on Awaji Island. A new hot springs site was discovered in 1993. The inns and hotels here feature outdoor baths that let you soak while gazing at the sea. Sumoto Onsen has clear waters that are believed to be very good for the skin. The inns and hotels serve fresh seafood caught around Awaji Island.

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Awaji

Minami-Awaji Onsen village

Minamiawaji Onsen has natural hot springs at six sites. The six are: Uzushio Hot Springs, Nantan Hot Springs, Mihara Hot Springs, Sunrise Hot Springs, Shiozaki Hot Springs, and Tsutsui Hot Springs. All of these are held to be good for the skin. The Naruto Strait, located nearby, has the world’s largest whirlpool. Each of the hot springs has various benefits, so it is highly recommended to try them all.

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