This is a medium-sized onsen bathhouse. The feature I liked about this onsen is the shoulder massagers. You stand under two jets of water coming from above you. The water hits your shoulders, massaging them & you feel wonderful afterwards! I could stand there for hours, but unfortunately I couldn`t do that. Ha ha!more
This onsen is one of the smaller ones, but besides the bath there is a heated mist sauna where the onsen water is sprayed down from above. It is glassed on one side where you get a view of the small Japanese garden.This onsen is also famous for LOVE. It has been said that people come here to see if they can find a love match! So for you single...more
This is the largest & newest onsen in Kinosaki. It boasts a penguin sauna, a steam room, outdoor baths on the roof of the building (enclosed!), a water shoulder massage area, & regular baths. Outdoor, on the street level, (free of charge) is a foot bath from the natural hot spring water. Excellent during the winter time when you need to warm your...more
Once you enter this restaurant, you can see framed autographs along the wall of famous Japanese people who have dined here. The restaurant itself is not large so be ready to wait for a table.
The menu is all in Japanese but outside of the restaurant is a model display of the most popular dishes in the window.
Favorite Dish: I ordered "kani chirashi" (crabmeat & sliced steamed egg & fish roe over a bed of rice), which was very good. The "kani sushi" (crab sushi) that I ordered for take-out was even better!!
The most convenient way to get to Kinosaki is by JR train. I took the train from Himeji. You can take either the local train (1890yen), or the express train (3250yen). The local train takes about 2 1/2 hrs & you have to transfer twice. The express train takes less than 2 hrs & there is no transfer.
Once you arrive in Kinosaki, you walk everywhere. Everything is within walking distance so there is no need for a car or bicycle.
Japanese crab from the Kinosaki area being famous, this is the place to eat & buy it! There are seafood markets that line the main shopping street in front of JR Kinosaki Station. You can buy fresh or frozen crab & have it sent to your home (in Japan only I believe) from any of the shops.
When putting on your yukata, be sure to wrap from the right first, & left over. If you wear it starting on the left side first, it`s wrong! When people attend a funeral & they wear kimono, the wrap starts on the left side. It is worn this way only for funerals. So be careful!
When you first arrive, you have to take off your shoes. There are ladies in this area who will look after them for you. If you are staying at one of the ryokans, you should wear the ryokan getas (wooden sandals) to the onsen.Men & women go into separate bath areas. There is NO MIXING! You have to take off EVERYTHING before you go into the bath...more
When going to the bathhouses, you will need your own towel. That`s it. Shampoo, rinse, & body soap are provided for you, but you may want to bring your favorite brands if you wish. I suggest that you bring facial wash too.A personal locker is provided for you free of charge in the changing room.more