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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. Let's stop that we enter Onsen for a long time until you are used to Onsen. We may get puffed up.

Kobe, Hanshin

Arima Onsen

Arima Onsen is one of the Onsen which is the oldest 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. Body warms very much. 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 onsen towns and their many gift shops.

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Kobe, Hanshin

Takarazuka Onsen

We can go Takarazuka Onsen in approx. 30min. by train from Kobe and Osaka. The onsen is said to have existed since around 700 years ago. There is legend to say, "disease is cured if we enter Onsen". There is Takarazuka Revue in Takarazuka. In addition, there are restaurant and sweets shop stylish.

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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. There is The Four Seasons in Mukogawa Valley. Colored leaves of Autumn in particular are very 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 said to have been discovered by an Oriental stork around 1400 years ago. The location is very beautiful with willows that bloom alongside the Otani River. 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 Onsen has 98℃ water gushing forth from its hot springs. Water gushing out at that temperature is rare even in Japan. The water that gushes forth from a spring called "Arayu" can be used by guests to boil eggs. 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 Onsen

Sumoto Onsen is a largest hot spring resort on Awaji Island. In 1993, a new natural hot spring was discovered. At Japanese inns and hotels, there are open-air baths with great views of the sea. The water at Sumoto Onsen 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

As for the Minami-Awaji Onsen village, Onsen springs out of six places. There are six hot spring resorts of Uzushio Onsen, Nantan Onsen, Mihara Onsen, sunrise Onsen, Shiozaki Onsen, Tsutsui Onsen. All of them are said to be great for the skin. In the waters of the nearby Naruto Strait, you can see some of the world's largest whirling tides. All of the hot springs have different beneficial effects, so I recommend you try to bathe in all six.

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