Entrance fee : 800 yens
Bathing time from 07:00 to 23:00
Home page (official web page in Japanese with information on the seven bathhouses)
Phone : 0796-32-0111
Maps : Google
Number of baths
Saunas & hammam also available...
Main spring : 62°C pH=7.3
Bath Temp : 44°C
Outside view of the building hosting one of the 7 public bathhouses of Kinosaki onsen; picture from the www.kinosaki-spa.gr.jp web site
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|A very good place to start your bathing experience in Kinosaki Onsen, as this place is located immediately next to the train station. It is also the biggest bath complex in Kinosaki Onsen. The yellow building itself is quite imposing, as baths are located on two floors - the second one being also used for outside baths.
|There is a Japanese and a Western sections in this bathhouse, and it alternates between men and women. The Western section is interesting, resembling to one of those spa resorts found in Europe. On the second floor, there are several types of furo including jet baths, and a sauna. The third floor features vapor baths (hammam) and an outside bath on the roof!
|The view from the roof is not fantastic, but the sight is unusual enough to be interesting. After all, where in Japan can you enjoy a vapor bath before soaking in a rotenburo... just 20 meters from a train station?
|One of the most interesting onsen town in Japan! Kinosaki onsen is in Kyoto-fu, but a little far from the old capital: it is located very close to the Japan Sea, and reachable by train from Osaka and Kyoto. There are lots of ryokan, most of them with onsen, but the town is famous for its "Soto-yu": 7 bathhouses featuring indoor and outdoor baths, saunas, hammams, Japanese and European type spas and even a cave bath. Staying overnight is strongly recommended, as you then can soak in those bathhouses for free (while it would be very expensive, around 4600 yens, to pay the separate entrances). In the evening, many guests walk around the town wearing yukata, and most shops are open until late; this makes the stay there a great experience... Using the cable car to get on the top of a nearby hill is also recommended.
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