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Complete Hot Spring Heaven Japan’s Best Hot Spring Town’s Bathhouses Reunited At Last

December 18, 2020 Visit North Asia No Comments Email Email

Some tourists to Japan’s Best Hot Spring Town, Kinosaki Onsen, make a point of visiting all 7 public hot springs (onsen) during their stay. However, this has not been possible this past year as one of them, Goshono-yu, had unfortunately been closed for renovations. We are delighted to announce that the bathhouse recently reopened after a year of renovations.

Goshono-yu was built in the likeness of Kyoto’s Imperial Palace. This is because the sister of Emperor Gohorikawa is said to have come here to bathe in the 1200s. The foyer and lounge area are furnished with beautiful screens, and the panels of the high ceiling are painted with Japanese flowers. Visitors to the bathhouse are greeted by a gorgeous lotus pond at the entrance. Goshono-yu saw about 400,000 such visitors per year, until August 2019 when it closed to repair its wooden canopy. Although it is traditional for an onsen to have an indoor and outdoor portion, Goshono-yu is now unique among the 7 onsen to be the only one that is a full-scale open-air bath.

The natural landscape is said to mimic the mountains of Tajima, a region in northern Hyogo Prefecture to which Kinosaki Onsen belongs. The famous waterfall in the back of the bath has been left as is, and one can enjoy the changing colours of the surrounding autumn leaves from mid-November. Guests can soak in the outdoor bath surrounded by lush trees, bathe in natural light, and relax to the crashing sounds of the waterfall in the background.

Goshono-yu is just one of 7 public bathhouses in Kinosaki, each one having its own distinct charms and features. Guests who stay in a traditional Japanese inn (ryokan) receive a pass to all 7 bathhouses, which are located within walking distance of one another. Thus, during their stay, these guests can visit as many bathhouses as they want. Visitors can enjoy strolling through town, taking pictures alongside the willow-lined canal, and basking in the area’s peaceful atmosphere while onsen-hopping. In between trips to the bathhouses, visitors can shop for souvenirs, stop for dessert, and play retro Japanese arcade games. Those staying in an inn will also receive a yukata, a light cotton robe similar to a kimono, to wear while they make their way around town.

To help find their way to each bathhouse, guests can purchase a pamphlet with a map and a stamp collection section. This pamphlet can be received or purchased at various accommodations in town, depending on the inn. Some inns also offer the chance to get a commemorative gift for completing this hot spring pilgrimage. No matter how many bathhouses one chooses to visit during their time in Kinosaki Onsen, visitors are guaranteed to have a good time discovering what truly defines a traditional onsen town experience.

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