One Day in Kinosaki Onsen, Japan + The Most Luxurious Ryokan

24 hours in Kinosaki Onsen

Coming from Hiroshima, we took the Shinkansen to Himeji Station then took the Hamakaze JR line to Kinosaki Onsen. As denoted by the name, Kinosaki is the onsen district of the city of Toyooka. Onsens are the traditional Japanese baths, typically with water from natural hot springs. Kinosaki has been regarded as one of the best onsen towns in Japan, with over 1,400 years of onsen history.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Whatever you do, you MUST book a ryokan during your stay in Kinosaki Onsen. We booked a room for one night at the Nishimuraya Honkan Onsen ryokan. With a history over 150 years, Nishimuraya is a luxurious ryokan with various onsen, exquisite dining, beautiful gardens, and an onsite museum. We wanted to have a day of relaxation between all our days of heavy travel, and the traditional Japanese ryokan was the perfect way to do so. We elected to splurge on a room with a private garden and onsen so we wouldn’t have to book specific times.

Cost: 45000 JPY – 55000 JPY/night

Photos from our room with private onsen

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Entrance to Nishimuraya Honkan

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While shopping on the streets of Kinosaki Onsen a Japanese film crew stopped us and asked to film us for a documentary they were working on. In exchange, they snapped this photo on my cell phone. We were excited to be able to be in traditional summer Yukatas provided by our ryokan.

 

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The Streets of Kinosaki Onsen

 

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Farm lands nearby


DINING

During our stay at Nishimuraya Honkan we elected to have the traditional Japanese meals. Be warned that when they say traditional, they mean it the most literal of senses. A lot of the food was wonderful, but a some of the dishes required a Japanese palate. A few of the traditional dishes we tried that you may never have heard of were: uni (sea urchin gonads), Sazae (horned turban sea snail),  and Chirimen jako (young salted dried sardines or anchovies). For more information about this kaiseki style meal check out this blog post on Japanese cuisine!

While we enjoyed the onsen as much as we could, we also took a nice walk through the quaint town of Kinosaki Onsen. There were various local souvenir shops, sweets shops, and restaurants. We stopped at a place called Gubigabu and enjoyed a nice brunch with a cheese platter (which I would skip) and hot cakes that were delicious!.


While our visit to Kinosaki Onsen was brief, we enjoyed every moment of this beautiful and quaint town far from the hustle and bustle of the big cities and deep into the mountains of Japan.
After enjoying our relaxing stay in Toyooka we hopped on a train to our next stop, Tokyo!

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  • travelpassionate (@ChrysoulaManika)
    November 19, 2016 at 2:22 PM

    That is a lovely city. I love natural baths but I didn’t have the time to visit one when I was in Japan. Although I love tasting traditional things everywhere I go, I would prefer a continental breakfast!

    • kallsypage
      November 19, 2016 at 9:55 PM

      It was a beautiful experience! The natural baths are an added bonus to this quaint town. If you do visit this specific ryokan they do have a “Westernized” breakfast option that would be what you’re hoping for. 🙂

  • MakeTime2SeeTheWorld (@VickiLouise86)
    November 20, 2016 at 12:12 AM

    I love your photos of the Japanse Gardens – the green and the details are just beautiful. And you’re room looked pretty special too! I can’t wait to get to Japan and experience an Onsen for myself!

    • kallsypage
      November 20, 2016 at 10:37 AM

      Thank you Vicki! It was a cooler, slightly rainy day when we were there which made the green of the garden pop even more. We loved it! The room was a splurge but well worth it for the experience. I hope you are able to visit and experience this as well!

  • Ticker Eats The World
    November 20, 2016 at 12:38 AM

    Such a lovely post and amazing photos. Japan has always fascinated me the most and I hope to travel there once again in the future. I was there as a kid so not many memories from that trip. I actually saw and TV episode on Onsen and since then have been intrigued about the area. Certainly looks like a must visit place.

    • kallsypage
      November 20, 2016 at 10:36 AM

      Thank you very much! Japan has been our favorite country thus far. The people are so considerate and the culture is fascinating to us both; especially Logan as he is part Japanese. I hope you’re able to make a return trip soon!

  • Christina
    November 20, 2016 at 5:02 AM

    There’s something special about spending time at a Japanese onsen. The traditional bathing rituals are timeless and the gardens are beautiful. I think it’s a chance to rebalance your soul.

    • kallsypage
      November 20, 2016 at 10:35 AM

      I completely agree with you Christina! We had been walking nearly 20-25 miles each day prior to our time in Kinosaki Onsen so it was incredibly nice to unwind here for a short while.

  • mags
    November 20, 2016 at 5:34 PM

    This looks like such a great traditional Japanese city. I love all of the koi ponds, they’re so peaceful.

    • kallsypage
      November 21, 2016 at 10:50 PM

      We enjoyed the koi ponds as well. This town was far from typical and had very little tourism except that of Japanese people coming from nearby cities. It was very nice to get away from the urban hustle and bustle for a short while.

  • Mr Mike
    November 20, 2016 at 9:20 PM

    I always thought those outfits were kimonos. But the name yukatas sounds so much cooler! The private onsen sounds wonderful! Great trip 🙂

    • kallsypage
      November 21, 2016 at 10:48 PM

      You’re actually right as well! Kimonos are typically make from silk, while Yukatas are made from cotton and are more typically worn in the summer months as the fabric is lighter. 🙂

      We LOVED having the onsen right in our room, it was very beautiful and the light rain we had that day was soothing as well.

      Thanks for reading!

  • Carmen's Luxury Travel
    November 21, 2016 at 9:27 AM

    What a lovely 24 hours! Those gardens look beautiful. Also, how cool to have a hot spring in your room! Lovely, thanks for sharing 🙂

    • kallsypage
      November 21, 2016 at 10:46 PM

      It was quick but a much needed relaxing day. The gardens were so lush and green due to the light, drizzling rain which honestly, we didn’t mind so much! Thank you for reading! 🙂

  • Anne @TravelTheGlobe (@TTGLOBE4L)
    November 22, 2016 at 2:33 AM

    I loved Japan when we went skiing there. Disappointing however we did not have enough time to visit a onset and I would really love to return in order to do so. Looks fab

    • kallsypage
      November 25, 2016 at 11:04 AM

      Anne, I’m glad you enjoyed Japan as well! We were there during the summer so we didn’t get to ski but would love to go back and try it there! We’ll have to swap places. 🙂

  • vishalgmr1971
    November 22, 2016 at 2:17 PM

    Lovely city, full of greenery and a lot of good people and not to forget talented visitors.

    • kallsypage
      November 25, 2016 at 11:03 AM

      It really is! I take it you’ve visited before? 🙂

  • Carla Abanes
    November 22, 2016 at 9:10 PM

    I can totally live there! Loved the koi pond and the gardens. I don’t know how you can stay for only 24hours. Should stay longer but I bet it was expensive?

    • kallsypage
      November 25, 2016 at 11:02 AM

      Carla, I completely agree with you. A little over 24 hours wasn’t nearly enough. The onsens vary in price but yes they can be costly which is why we opted for a one night stay. 🙂