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From International Rugby Events to Tattoo-friendly Onsens and Traditional Ryokans: Why there has never been a better Time to visit Kinosaki Onsen

July 26, 2019 Destination North Asia No Comments Email Email

With the kick-off of international rugby events just around the corner, Japan is getting ready for what promises to be an autumn to remember.With matches held in various cities across Japan, including two host venues in the Kansai region, there has never been a better opportunity to watch the beloved sport and explore the charming treasures the land of the rising sun has to offer beyond the host cities, such as Kinosaki Onsen, Japan’s Best Hot Spring Town. 

Located in the northern part of the Hyogo Prefecture, only 2.5 hours by train from Kyoto, this off-the-beaten-path destination steeped in history and dotted with legendary hot spring baths and authentic ryokans, combines Japanese tradition and culture like no other. 

According to Visit Kinosaki, these are the Top 5 Reasons to include Kinosaki Onsen in your 2019 rugby trip to Japan: 

  • Ease and Accessibility: Kinosaki Onsen is only a 2.5-hour train ride from the popular cities of Kyoto and Osaka. JR Limited Express trains are convenient for access and covered by the JR Pass.
  • Tattoo-friendly Onsens: If you are one of the many visitors to Japan with tattoos, you likely know of typical rules regarding tattoos in the country’s onsens and the various methods used to cover them up. Kinosaki Onsen, however, allows tattoos in all its public baths adding to the ultimate relaxing, worry-free experience in the onsen town.

  • Authenticity and old-world Charm: Many tourists will wear a traditional yukata and stroll along the willow-fringed river, visiting typical shops and delicious cafes along the way.
  • The Best Ryokans: Kinosaki Onsen prides itself on its ryokans that are full of history, relaxation, and hospitality. A ryokan’s traditional tatami rooms are known for being more spacious than your typical hotel or Airbnb, and often include luxurious meals known as kaiseki-ryori.
  • Enjoy Tranquillity: Tucked away from the busy cities, enjoy the quiet location and intimacy of this relaxing, charming hot spring town.

To make the most of your stay, Visit Kinosaki recommends travellers to stay for 2-3 nights to have enough time to visit the hot spring town’s charming surrounds.

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