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Unique Onsen (Hot Springs)

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Hyogo prefecture consists of 5 provinces; Settsu, Harima, Tajima, Tamba, and Awaji. There are a lot of Onsen (hot springs) in Hyogo that have been healing people for a long time. Arima Onsen located approximately 30 minutes from Kobe and Osaka, is renowned as the oldest hot spring in Japan. Many of Japanese well-known figures visited here for healing. Kinosaki Onsen located in Tajima area is a popular hot spring resort with 7 outdoor baths. In Yumura Onsen, visitors can make 'Onsen Tamago' or slow-boiled eggs, with hot water of 98℃ gushes from the springs. Many other unique hot springs such as looking out over the ocean, or lying along ravines, will welcome you in Hyogo.

Onsen in Hyogo

Hyogo prefecture has many Onsen (hot springs). Arima Onsen and Kinosaki Onsen are famous and popular Onsen resorts in Japan. There are hotels and Ryokan (traditional Japanese inns) in Onsen resorts, where you can enjoy bathing in the hot spring. You can also taste delicious local dishes at Hotels and Ryokan. There are also many bath houses in Hyogo, where you can bathe in the hot springs for a fee. Onsen will surely make you forget the fatigues of the road.

How to Enjoy Onsen

Many people will use large public baths, so when using them try to leave things as you found them. You must first clean your body in the shower before entering the bath. Please do not bring the towel into the water with you. Dry your body well before going back to the dressing room. Try to avoid staying in the water for too long until you get used to bathing in the hot springs, you might get dizzy from the heat.

Kobe, Hanshin

Arima Onsen

Arima Onsen is one of the oldest and the most famous hot spring in Japan. It is located 30 minutes by car from Osaka and Kobe, and in less than 1 hour from Kyoto. The hot springs here are called 'Gold Springs', rich in iron, and has a color of reddish brown. The clear hot springs here are called 'Silver Springs'. It is highly recommended to explore the Onsen resort town with many gift shops.

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Kobe, Hanshin

Takarazuka Onsen

Takarazuka Onsen is located only 30 minutes by train from Kobe or Osaka. The onsen is said to have existed since 700 years ago. There is also a local legend that says 'bathing in the hot springs can heal the sickness'. Takarazuka is also home to Takarazuka Revue. There are many fancy restaurants and sweets shops in the area too.

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Kobe, Hanshin

Takedao Onsen

Takedao Onsen is located in the Mukogawa Valley. The location is very quiet and full of nature. The Mukogawa Valley is famous for its beautiful autumn colored leaves, and there are open-air hot springs where you can see autumn leaves while taking a bath. The river is very clean and clear, so you can also see fireflies in summer.

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Harima

Ako Onsen

Ako Onsen is a hot spring by the sea. On a sunny day you can see Shodoshima, Ieshima, and even Shikoku in Seto Inland Sea from the bath. Also it is a place for beautiful sunset. The hot spring water is one of the best in Japan, and well-known for being good for the skin.

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Harima

Shiota Onsen

Shiota Onsen is the closest hot spring to UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site Himeji Castle. Known as a great hot spring with the history of around 300 years. Located in a quiet area, surrounded by 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 said to be discovered by an 'Kounotori', Oriental stork around 1400 years ago. It is a beautiful place with the willow trees planted on the banks of Otanigawa River. The traditional Japanese hot spring town is remained here, such as Japanese Ryokan made of wood. You can experience 7 different bath houses, all with their own unique characteristics. Enjoy visiting 7 baths wearing a Yukata (light cotton summer kimono). 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 gushes with geothermal water at 98°C. Hot springs of such extremely high temperatures are rare even in Japan. At a hot spring named Ara-yu, you can boil eggs with the gushing water. Eggs are sold for this purpose at nearby shops. The locals also boil vegetables in the water. There is also a hot footbath about 20 meters long.

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Awaji

Sumoto Onsen

Sumoto Onsen is the largest spa resort in Awaji Island, where new hot spring were discovered in 1993. At local Ryokan and hotels, there are open-air baths with great views of the ocean. The water at Sumoto Onsen is clean and said 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 Minami-Awaji Onsen Village, the geothermal hot springs gush from the ground in six places and creating six hot springs; Uzushio Onsen, Nandan Onsen, Mihara Onsen, Sunrise Onsen, Shiozaki Onsen and Tsutsui Onsen. Each of these hot springs is said to have beneficial effects for the skin. At the nearby Naruto Strait, you can see some of the largest whirlpools in the world. Each hot springs offers different benefits, why not try all of them?

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