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