Kinosaki Hot Springs Town: Relaxing Getaway from the Big City

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  • One of the foreign-friendly places to visit in Japan is the Kansai region. Located in the southern-central part of Honshu, the region is considered to be the cultural and historical heart of the country.

    Here, you can find the place Kinosaki, a perfect getaway from the busy metropolitan area where you can stroll around the place in your yukata!

    How to Reach the Place

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    The town is very accessible. You can reach the place by car, train or even an airplane. From Kyoto, it might take you 2.5 to 3 hours by express train. If you’re from Osaka, it will take you 2.5 hours if you ride on the fastest train. From Kobe or Himeji, it will take you 2 hours. If you come from the Kansai International Airport, you can take any express train from there.

    Onsen Town

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    Popularly known as an “Onsen Town,” you will surely find lots of onsens in this area. Among these, only 7 are highly recommended. These are Satono-yu, Jizou-yu, Yanagi-yu, Ichino-yu, Goshono-yu, Mandara-yu, and Kouno-yu. Entrance fee for adults ranges from 600-800 yen and 300-400 yen for children.

    Yukata

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    Now comes the best part, the wearing of yukata and sporting it around town.

    If you’re staying in a ryokan, you can easily get a yukata from them. You may also try renting at Kahoru Beauty Parlor. If you rent a yukata for 2 days, it will cost you 2,000 yen plus 300 yen for your dressing assistance. Remember though that these are available for rental from June to October only.

    Events

    Onsen Festival

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    This celebration is held in commemoration of the death anniversary of the Kinosaki founder, Dochi Shonin.

    Furusato Festival

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    Furusato festival is a fun festival due to the fact that you can see a lot of stalls in the place. Some are selling food while others are selling souvenirs and many more! At night, a huge fireworks display is held which can be a very memorable event for you and your friends or family.

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