Last additions - Kinosaki Onsen Hot Spring 城崎温泉
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Kinosaki Onsen manhole in Toyooka, Hyogo Prefecture.Dec 25, 2018
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Otani River and willow trees.Dec 25, 2018
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Warning sign for drivers for small children. (It means to go slow.)Dec 25, 2018
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Bus stop shelter near Kou-no-Yu in Kinosaki Onsen, Toyooka, Hyogo.Dec 25, 2018
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Kou-no-Yu's outdoor bath in a garden-like setting. 鴻の湯Dec 25, 2018
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Locker and dressing room for men. 鴻の湯Dec 25, 2018
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Entrance to the men's bath and rest area. 鴻の湯Dec 25, 2018
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Entrance lobby of Kou-no-Yu. Shoe lockers on the left, and entrance to the women's bath on the right. 鴻の湯Dec 25, 2018
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About Kou-no-Yu. 鴻の湯Dec 25, 2018
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Kou-no-Yu is open 7:00 am–11:00 pm, closed on Tue. Oriental white stork statues next to Kou-no-Yu.Dec 25, 2018
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The seventh public bath I saw. I entered this one called Kou-no-Yu named after the Oriental white stork. Kinosaki Onsen's oldest hot spring where an Oriental white stork was bathing in the hot spring to heal wounds. That's how the onsen started.Dec 25, 2018
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Otagaki Shiro is also famous for building Kurobe Dam completed in 1963 in Toyama Prefecture to supply electric power to the Kansai Region. He also proposed building Japan's first nuclear power plant at Mihama, Fukui Prefecture completed in 1970.太田垣士郎翁資料館Dec 25, 2018
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At the bottom station of the ropeway is a small museum dedicated to Otagaki Shiro (1894–1964) who proposed the Kinosaki Onsen Ropeway that opened in May 1963. He was a native of Kinosaki and the first president of Kansai Electric Power Company.太田垣士郎翁資料館Dec 25, 2018
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Onsenji Temple and the ropeway station.Dec 25, 2018
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Onsenji Temple's bell dates back to the early Edo Period.Dec 25, 2018
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Kinosaki Art Museum near Onsenji. Mostly Buddhist art. Small admission charged. Open 9 am–4:30 pm, closed second and fourth Thu. of the month when the ropeway is not operating. 城崎美術館Dec 25, 2018
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Onsenji Temple's Tahoto pagoda.Dec 25, 2018
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Onsenji Temple's Tahoto pagoda.Dec 25, 2018
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Onsenji Temple's Tahoto pagoda dates back to 1768. It houses a Buddha statue. 金剛界大日如来Dec 25, 2018
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First floor of Onsenji Temple's Tahoto pagoda.Dec 25, 2018
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Onsenji Temple's Tahoto pagoda. 多宝塔Dec 25, 2018
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Onsenji Temple's Tahoto pagodaDec 25, 2018
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Onsenji Temple's Tahoto pagoda. 多宝塔 Dec 25, 2018
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Onsenji Temple's Tahoto pagoda at the top of the stairs.Dec 25, 2018
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About Onsenji Temple.Dec 25, 2018
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Onsenji Temple's prayer tablet with Kannon on it.Dec 25, 2018
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Onsenji Temple's Hondo main hall.Dec 25, 2018
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Onsenji Temple's Hondo main hall.Dec 25, 2018
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Onsenji Temple's Hondo main hall. National Important Cultural Property. Photography is not allowed inside the temple. temple founder and priest Dochi (道智上人) is also the founder of Kinosaki Onsen hot spring. Dec 25, 2018
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They charge a small admission for a guided tour to see the Kannon statue in the Hondo main hall's altar.Dec 25, 2018
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Onsenji Temple. Enter the temple here. Onsenji belongs to the Koyasan Shingon Buddhist sect. It worships an 11-face Kannon statue. Founded in 738 by the priest Dochi, Onsenji Temple is regarded as Kinosaki Onsen's guardian. 温泉寺本坊Dec 25, 2018
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"Onsenji" means "Hot Spring Temple." 温泉寺Dec 25, 2018
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Kinosaki Onsen Ropeway's Onsenji Station.Dec 25, 2018
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Kinosaki Onsen Ropeway's Onsenji Station.Dec 25, 2018
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Not much to see on the summit except for the lookout deck. So we go back down to Onsenji midway. 山頂駅 (大師山山頂駅)Dec 25, 2018
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Onsenji Temple's Oku-no-In temple reconstructed in 2010. 奥の院Dec 25, 2018
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Ring of wisdom. Throw clay dishes to the target. かわらけ投げDec 25, 2018
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Small Jizo statues.Dec 25, 2018
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Golden Jibodai Kannon built in Oct. 2007. 慈母観音像Dec 25, 2018
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Crab monument. For all the crabs that are caught and eaten every year in northern Hyogo. かに塚Dec 25, 2018
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View of Kinosaki Onsen from the lookout deck.Dec 25, 2018
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View of Kinosaki Onsen from the lookout deck.Dec 25, 2018
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Lookout deck on the roof of the ropeway station.Dec 25, 2018
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On the summit of Mt. Daishi is this ropeway station with a cafe inside and lookout deck on the roof.Dec 25, 2018
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Midway is the Onsenji Station.Dec 25, 2018
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Going up Kinosaki Onsen Ropeway which is 676 meters long.Dec 25, 2018
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Kinosaki Onsen Ropeway car. Mostly standing room only. Note that the ropeway is closed on the second anf fourth Thursdays of the month.Dec 25, 2018
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Kinosaki Onsen Ropeway takes only 7 min. to the mountain summit. The ropeway runs three times an hour most of the day from 9:10 am to 5:10 pm.Dec 25, 2018
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Welcome to Kinosaki Onsen Ropeway.Dec 25, 2018
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Kinosaki Onsen Ropeway station.Dec 25, 2018
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Kinosaki Onsen Ropeway goes up to Mt. Daishi.Dec 25, 2018
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Sights near Onsenji Temple.Dec 25, 2018
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Aboit Tajima beef and Kobe beef.Dec 25, 2018
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Also a good snack is the Tajima beef bun.Dec 25, 2018
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After 11 min., the eggs were perfectly soft boiled. A niftly tool cut away the top portion of the egg shell. Sprinkle some salt and yummy!Dec 25, 2018
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You can soft-boil your onsen eggs yourself in hot spring water. Boil the eggs for 11 min.Dec 25, 2018
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The gift shop had onsen eggs for sale. Locally-grown, organic raw eggs. This was popular.Dec 25, 2018
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Hot spring foot bath in Kinosaki Onsen.Dec 25, 2018
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Hot spring foot bath. There are so many free foot baths in Kinosaki Onsen.Dec 25, 2018
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The small shack on the right is a foot bath. In the background is the ropeway station to Onsenji Temple. Dec 25, 2018
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Kinosaki Onsen's hot spring source.Dec 25, 2018
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Kinosaki Onsen's hot spring source. 源泉Dec 25, 2018
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Gift shop and plaza next to the Kinosaki Onsen's hot spring source. 温泉たまご場Dec 25, 2018
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Niomon Gate to Onsenji's Yakushido Hall. 仁王門Dec 25, 2018
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Hiking path to Onsenji Temple, but taking the ropeway is easier and faster.Dec 25, 2018
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Way to Onsenji Temple.Dec 25, 2018
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Walking further toward Onsenji Temple.Dec 25, 2018
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Gokurakuji Temple's main hall was rebuilt in 1921 after a fire in 1912 destroyed the previous hall. 本堂Dec 25, 2018
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Gokurakuji TempleDec 25, 2018
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Gokurakuji Temple's rock garden.Dec 25, 2018
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Gokurakuji Temple's Sanmon Gate. 山門Dec 25, 2018
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Near Mandarayu is Gokurakuji Temple, a Rinzai Zen Buddhist temple. It worships Amida Nyorai. 本堂Dec 25, 2018
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About the Benzaiten shrine.Dec 25, 2018
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Jizo and Kannon statues along a rock wall.Dec 25, 2018
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Side street has a Benzaiten shrine. Benzaiten is the goddess of water and music.Dec 25, 2018
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On a side street, the Mandala-yu (Mandara-yu) public bath. Open 3:00 pm–11:00 pm, closed Wed. Has close connection with the priest Dochi (道智上人) considered to be the founder of Kinosaki Onsen in the 8th century.Dec 25, 2018
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Ryokan inn.Dec 25, 2018
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Rest area inside Gosho-no-yu (御所の湯).Dec 25, 2018
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Very nice outdoor bath. Large entrance hall or lobby of Gosho-no-yu (御所の湯).Dec 25, 2018
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Entrnce hall of Gosho-no-yu (御所の湯). Men's entrance on the right. The outdoor bath faced a waterfall. Very nice. I got no bath photos because a few naked men were there.Dec 25, 2018
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Gosho-no-yu (御所の湯).Dec 25, 2018
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Gosho-no-yu public bath in Kinosaki Onsen, Toyooka, Hyogo. Looks palatial. (御所の湯).Dec 25, 2018
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Next public bath looks like a Buddhist temple or palace. It's Gosho-no-yu (御所の湯). Dec 25, 2018
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Gosho-no-yu (御所の湯). It means "Imperial Palace Hot Spring." Open 7:00 am–11:00 pm, closed on the first and third Thursdays of the month.Dec 25, 2018
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Kiyamachi Koji shopping complex.Dec 25, 2018
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Walking further along the mian drag.Dec 25, 2018
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Main drag outside Ichinoyu.Dec 25, 2018
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Near Ichinoyu is this fountain for drinkable hot spring water.Dec 25, 2018
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View from the cavern bath.Dec 25, 2018
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Ichinoyu's outdoor bath is in a small cavern.Dec 25, 2018
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Men's indoor bath at Ichinoyu.Dec 25, 2018
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The building is right next to a rock wall.Dec 25, 2018
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Inside Ichinoyu public bath. Men's bath entrance on the left. 一の湯Dec 25, 2018
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Ichinoyu public bath. 一の湯Dec 25, 2018
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Ichinoyu public bath. Went in this one. 一の湯Dec 25, 2018
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Ichinoyu, perhaps the most famous public bath in Kinosaki Onsen. Looks like a kabuki theater. 一の湯Toyooka, Hyogo Prefecture.Dec 25, 2018
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Foot bath next to Ichinoyu public bath. 海内第一泉Dec 25, 2018
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Foot bath next to Ichinoyu public bath. 海内第一泉Dec 25, 2018
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Kinosaki Onsen's roadside shrines for Kishimojin goddess and Life-prolonging Jizo for the protection of children. 鬼子母善神Dec 25, 2018
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Otani River has four stone bridges and each one has a name.Dec 25, 2018
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People are encouraged to stroll around Kinosaki Onsen while wearing yukata. You can see more of them in the evening.Dec 25, 2018
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About Yanagi-yu public bath. 柳湯Dec 25, 2018
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It says "Kinosaki Onsen well matches people in yukata."Dec 25, 2018
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Yanagi-yu public bath in Kinosaki Onsen, Toyooka, Hyogo. "Yanagi" means willow tree. The third public bath I've seen (but didn't enter). Open 3:00 pm–11:00 pm, closed. Thu. 柳湯Dec 25, 2018
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The hot spring water came from the bottom of a willow tree for this public bath. Wooden interior.Dec 25, 2018
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The traditional building is Yanagi-yu. 柳湯Dec 25, 2018
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Willow trees along the river at Kinosaki Onsen spa.Dec 25, 2018
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Willow trees along the river at Kinosaki Onsen hot spring. Dec 25, 2018
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Willow trees along the river at Kinosaki Onsen hot spring. 柳の木Dec 25, 2018
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About Jizo-yu. 地蔵湯Dec 25, 2018
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Walking further along the picturesque river.Dec 25, 2018
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Dressing and locker room for men at Jizo-yu.Dec 25, 2018
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Entrance hall of Jizo-yu. Entrance for the men's bath on the left, and women on the right. Jizo-yu also has private baths. 地蔵湯All the public baths are segregated for men and women. A few of the public baths also have private baths that families or couples can rent.Dec 25, 2018
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Guests who stay at a ryokan in Kinosaki Onsen can visit all seven public baths for free. But daytrippers like me have to pay admission for each one, costing ¥600 or ¥700. However, they have a public bath day pass for only ¥1,200 (外湯めぐり券). Use it to enter all seven. Great deal! Definitely one of the best bargains in Japan!Dec 25, 2018
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Jizo statue at Jizo-yu public bath.Dec 25, 2018
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Jizo-yu public bath in Kinosaki Onsen, Toyooka, Hyogo Prefecture. Open 7:00 am–11:00 pm, closed Fri. 地蔵湯Dec 25, 2018
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The second public bath I came across is Jizo-yu.Dec 25, 2018
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Even the convenience stores were designed to blend in with the local townscape. Dec 25, 2018
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The main drag of Kinosaki Onsen goes along the Otani River (Otanigawa) lined with pretty willow trees. 大谿川Dec 25, 2018
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Walking further along the main drag, some pictureque buildings. Kinosaki Onsen is a compact hot spring town, most things are within walking distance.Dec 25, 2018
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Entrance to Sato-no-Yu Onsen. I didn't go in this one though. さとの湯Dec 25, 2018
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Free foot bath at Sato-no-Yu Onsen さとの湯. Great to relax your feet before getting on the train.Dec 25, 2018
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Sato-no-Yu Onsen さとの湯Dec 25, 2018
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Next to JR Kinosaki Onsen Station is one of the seven celebrated public baths. This one is named Sato-no-Yu Onsen. Chinese-style building that includes a cold bath. Open 1:00 pm–9:00 pm, closed Mon. さとの湯Dec 25, 2018
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Drinkabke hot spring water in front of JR Kinosaki Onsen Station.Dec 25, 2018
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In front of JR Kinosaki Onsen Station.Dec 25, 2018
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Inside JR Kinosaki Onsen Station.Dec 25, 2018
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Next to the station is this collection of donated geta wooden clogs from local inns.Dec 25, 2018
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JR Kinosaki Onsen Station on the JR San'in Line.Dec 25, 2018
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Scenic train ride from Toyooka to Kinosaki Onsen.Dec 25, 2018
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Kinosaki Onsen's main highlight are its seven public hot spring baths (sotoyu 外湯). Some of them look palatial, and they are all distinctly different, the baths, decor, etc.Kinosaki Onsen has a long history of 1,300 years. A favorite hot spring for centuries.Dec 25, 2018
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Toyooka also has Kinosaki Onsen (城崎温泉), a hot spring only 10 min. away by train from Toyooka Station. It's one of the best onsen I've ever visited in Japan.Dec 25, 2018
   
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