Entrance fee : 600 yens
Bathing time from 15:00 to 23:00
Home page (official web page in Japanese with information on the seven bathhouses)
Phone : 0796-32-2194
Maps : Google
Number of baths
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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|This small building is the only bath which is not directly on one of the main roads. It is however easy to find with its green roof.
|A rectangular stone bath, which was relatively hot. There is a so-called rotenburo, but it is of limited interest: a small wooden bath where you can pack (uncomfortably) 2-3 persons, facing a tall wall...
|No view from that rotenburo.
|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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