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When you arrive JR Toyooka Station, you will soon notice that the Oriental white stork ("kounotori" in Japanese) is the symbol of the city. Even the roof looks like a soaring bird. 79 views
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Oriental White Stork manhole in Toyooka, Hyogo Prefecture.65 views
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Directional sign at JR Toyooka Station.62 views
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Oriental White Stork manhole in Toyooka, Hyogo Prefecture.57 views
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Kinosaki Onsen manhole in Toyooka, Hyogo Prefecture.56 views
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I didn't expect to see the storks flying around, so I was thrilled when a few of them flew overhead while I was in the park. They flew in during feeding time.56 views
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Manhole with Shinkoro Clock Tower design in Izushi, Toyooka, Hyogo Prefecture.55 views
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Manhole with Shinkoro Clock Tower design in Izushi, Toyooka, Hyogo Prefecture.54 views
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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53 views本坊
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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. 53 views
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Onsenji Temple's Tahoto pagoda.53 views
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White stork landing in the paddy during feeding time.53 views
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White stork mail box at Oriental White Stork Park in Toyooka, Hyogo.52 views
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Feeding time for the storks also attracts unwanted birds like black kites. They swoop in and steal a fish, then don't come back.52 views
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Grey herons also drop by, but they are always fighting each other.52 views
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Oriental white stork eating a fish.52 views
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Toyooka was where the last living Oriental white stork in Japan died in 1986. Pesticides in rice paddies (where they feed) and other environmental problems caused their demise.51 views
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Two Oriental white storks on a nesting platform. Each nesting platform has a video camera monitoring it 24/7 especially during the egg-laying and hatching season in spring.51 viewsThe park is likely crowded during this time until the babies leave the nest in June/July.
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Shinkoro Clock Tower in Izushi, Toyooka, Hyogo Prefecture is one of Japan's oldest clock towers along with the Sapporo Clock Tower also built in 1881. 辰鼓楼50 views
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Bus stop shelter near Kou-no-Yu in Kinosaki Onsen, Toyooka, Hyogo.49 views
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The Oriental white stork is a big, beautiful bird often mistaken as the Japanese crane. Wingspan is 2 meters.49 views
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On Caban Street, this drink vending machine designed like a bag. Toyooka, Hyogo.48 views
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Izushi soba is famous for having cold soba served on five small plates. Dip the noodles in the broth while adding different garnishes like grated yam, onions, and raw egg. 出石そば48 views
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Lots of soba restaurants in Izushi. This lunch cost ¥870. You can also order more plates of noodles. The history of Izushi soba goes way back to the early 18th century when the local lord brought it from Nagano (Shinano soba). 出石そば48 views
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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47 views
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Gosho-no-yu public bath in Kinosaki Onsen, Toyooka, Hyogo. Looks palatial. (御所の湯).47 views
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Love Toyooka's bag bus.47 views
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Toyooka in Hyogo Prefecture is a major producer of bags. Thier local bus even has a bag design.46 views
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Caban Street's most prominent bag shop is this one called Artisan Avenue. The front has a woven basket motif. Toyooka, Hyogo Prefecture.45 views
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Eirakukan (永楽館), the Kansai Region's oldest kabuki theater built in 1901. Toward the left was the theater's front entrance that is not used anymore because of the road right in front. They now use a side entrance.45 views
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You can also go underneath the stage and see the revolving stage. It's rotated by hand. Wow neat, how often can you see something like this?45 views
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Shinkoro Clock Tower was orignally used to beat taiko drums from 7 am to 9 am to notify people that the castle lord arrived at the castle. A mechanical clock from the Netherlands was later donated by a local doctor to make it a clock tower in 1881. 辰鼓45 views
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Ichinoyu, perhaps the most famous public bath in Kinosaki Onsen. Looks like a kabuki theater. 一の湯45 viewsToyooka, Hyogo Prefecture.
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Eirakukan Theater in Izushi, Toyooka, Hyogo.44 views
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Eirakukan's rotating kabuki stage.44 views
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Toyooka's bag bus.43 views
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Airline with a plane donning an Oriental White Stork motif.41 views
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Dressing room.36 views
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Izushi Town Hall35 views
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Next to the station is this collection of donated geta wooden clogs from local inns.34 views
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Vending machine with Oriental white stork design motif at JR Toyooka Station.34 views
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Spider web.34 views
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Shinkoro Clock Tower in Izushi, Toyooka, Hyogo Prefecture is one of Japan's oldest clock towers along with the Sapporo Clock Tower also built in 1881. 辰鼓楼33 views
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Hot spring foot bath in Kinosaki Onsen.33 views
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Kinosaki Onsen Ropeway station.33 views
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About Onsenji Temple.33 views
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The bus going to Hyogo Park of the Oriental White Stork Park is designed like a bag to promote Toyooka as a bag-producing city.33 views
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Shinkoro Clock Tower was first built in 1871 without any clock. 辰鼓楼32 views
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Going back down through the torii gates.32 views
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On Nov. 3, Izushi holds the Oshiro Matsuri to reenact the daimyo procession.32 views
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Inside JR Kinosaki Onsen Station.32 views
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Foot bath next to Ichinoyu public bath. 海内第一泉32 views
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Walking further along the mian drag.32 views
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Kinosaki Onsen's hot spring source. 源泉32 views
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Crab monument. For all the crabs that are caught and eaten every year in northern Hyogo. かに塚32 views
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Onsenji Temple's prayer tablet with Kannon on it.32 views
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Onsenji Temple's Tahoto pagoda. 多宝塔 32 views
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Hyogo Park of the Oriental White Stork has a few buildings amid large rice paddies and mountains.32 views
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Inside the Oriental White Stork Culture Center. Walk through this building to the other side of the building to see the open cage.32 views
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Backstage has the dressing rooms for actors. Normally hidden by a curtain.31 views
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Izushi's symbol is the Shinkoro Clock Tower. 辰鼓楼31 views
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About the Shinkoro Clock Tower. 辰鼓楼31 views
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Ariko-yama Inari Jinja Shrine atop Izushi Castle's main foundation. 有子山稲荷神社 31 views
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Ariko-yama Inari Jinja Shrine atop Izushi Castle's main foundation. 有子山稲荷神社 31 views
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Views of Izushi.31 views
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Views of Izushi from Izushi Castle.31 views
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Gift shop in Izushi.31 views
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Gift shop in Izushi.31 views
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About the Samurai residence.31 views
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These five plates are not much for the average stomach. It was a good snack. 出石そば31 views
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Drinkabke hot spring water in front of JR Kinosaki Onsen Station.31 views
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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. 31 viewsHowever, 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!
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Willow trees along the river at Kinosaki Onsen hot spring. 柳の木31 views
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The hot spring water came from the bottom of a willow tree for this public bath. Wooden interior.31 views
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People are encouraged to stroll around Kinosaki Onsen while wearing yukata. You can see more of them in the evening.31 views
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Foot bath next to Ichinoyu public bath. 海内第一泉31 views
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The building is right next to a rock wall.31 views
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View from the cavern bath.31 views
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Gokurakuji Temple's Sanmon Gate. 山門31 views
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Gift shop and plaza next to the Kinosaki Onsen's hot spring source. 温泉たまご場31 views
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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!31 views
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Also a good snack is the Tajima beef bun.31 views
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Sights near Onsenji Temple.31 views
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Kinosaki Onsen Ropeway goes up to Mt. Daishi.31 views
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Going up Kinosaki Onsen Ropeway which is 676 meters long.31 views
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Midway is the Onsenji Station.31 views
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Onsenji Temple's Hondo main hall.31 views
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Onsenji Temple's Tahoto pagoda31 views
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Onsenji Temple's bell dates back to the early Edo Period.31 views
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Onsenji Temple and the ropeway station.31 views
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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.31 views太田垣士郎翁資料館
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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.31 views
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Kou-no-Yu's outdoor bath in a garden-like setting. 鴻の湯31 views
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Oriental white stork decoration at JR Toyooka Station. To see real, living Oriental white storks, you have to visit the Hyogo Park of the Oriental White Stork Park.31 views
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From JR Toyooka Station, there are buses that go to Hyogo Park of the Oriental White Stork Park. However, they run only once or twice an hour. Bus schedule under the purple column.31 views
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Toyooka Oriental White Stork Culture Center's open cage for Oriental white storks. It includes paddies used for feeding. The cage is "open" because it only hasa fence and no roof.31 views
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As of Oct. 2018, Japan has over 140 Oriental white storks in the wild. They are also successfully breeding in Tokushima, Shimane, and Kyoto Prefectures. 31 viewsIt's still an endangered species, with only slightly over 2,000 of them in the Far East.
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The hanafuda card with the "crane" is actually an Oriental white stork. It actually looks like a cross between the two birds...31 views
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Park's website: http://www.stork.u-hyogo.ac.jp/en/31 views
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The street in front of Toyooka Station is lined with shops too. Sun Stork Avenue.30 views
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You have to take off your shoes.30 views
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Izushi Castle in Toyooka was built in the early 17th century. No original structures remain except for the stone walls and foundations. Reconstructed turrets and a small shrine are on the castle grounds. 出石城30 views
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Tojobashi Bridge to Izushi Castle's Tojomon Gate. 出石城 登城門・登城橋30 views
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Castle moat.30 views
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Stone work on Izushi Castle.30 views
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Pulling out weeds from the stone wall.30 views
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Reconstructed West Corner Turret. 西隅櫓30 views
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Izushi Castle's West Corner Turret.30 views
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Ariko-yama Inari Jinja Shrine atop Izushi Castle's main foundation. 有子山稲荷神社 30 views
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Japanese pine tree.30 views
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Samurai residence.30 views
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Scenic train ride from Toyooka to Kinosaki Onsen.30 views
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In front of JR Kinosaki Onsen Station.30 views
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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30 views
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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.30 views
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The main drag of Kinosaki Onsen goes along the Otani River (Otanigawa) lined with pretty willow trees. 大谿川30 views
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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30 views
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Jizo statue at Jizo-yu public bath.30 views
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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30 viewsAll 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.
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About Jizo-yu. 地蔵湯30 views
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The traditional building is Yanagi-yu. 柳湯30 views
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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30 views
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Ichinoyu public bath. Went in this one. 一の湯30 views
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Gosho-no-yu (御所の湯).30 views
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The gift shop had onsen eggs for sale. Locally-grown, organic raw eggs. This was popular.30 views
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Aboit Tajima beef and Kobe beef.30 views
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Welcome to Kinosaki Onsen Ropeway.30 views
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Lookout deck on the roof of the ropeway station.30 views
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View of Kinosaki Onsen from the lookout deck.30 views
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View of Kinosaki Onsen from the lookout deck.30 views
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Golden Jibodai Kannon built in Oct. 2007. 慈母観音像30 views
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Small Jizo statues.30 views
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Ring of wisdom. Throw clay dishes to the target. かわらけ投げ30 views
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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)30 views
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Kinosaki Onsen Ropeway's Onsenji Station.30 views
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"Onsenji" means "Hot Spring Temple." 温泉寺30 views
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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.30 views
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Onsenji Temple's Tahoto pagoda at the top of the stairs.30 views
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Onsenji Temple's Tahoto pagoda. 多宝塔30 views
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First floor of Onsenji Temple's Tahoto pagoda.30 views
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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30 views
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Onsenji Temple's Tahoto pagoda.30 views
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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30 views
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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 1970.30 views太田垣士郎翁資料館
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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.30 views
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About Kou-no-Yu. 鴻の湯30 views
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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30 views
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Entrance to the men's bath and rest area. 鴻の湯30 views
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Locker and dressing room for men. 鴻の湯30 views
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Rice paddy has a high nesting platform. The nest still intact.30 views
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On the right is the park's administrative building.30 views
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So if you go to Hyogo Park of the Oriental White Stork, you can see real Oriental white storks.30 views
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About the Oriental white stork open cage.30 views
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They are throwing small dead fish into the paddies. 30 views
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The storks are carnivores, feeding on fish, frogs, snakes, rabbits, mice, etc. 30 views
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From 2005, the park started releasing Oriental white storks into the wild in Toyooka, which was a great celebration. The birds then started to breed and reproduce in the wild.30 viewsThey've been releasing only a few birds (fewer than 5) almost every year.
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They make a loud clacking noise with their bills.30 views
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Crows also drop by.30 views
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Storks swallow the fish whole.30 views
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Exhibits.30 views
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Gift shops in this building next to the parking lot.30 views
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Confection shaped like stork eggs.30 views
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Always a reminder of what this city is famous for. Oriental white stork tiles on the sidealk.29 views
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The sidewalk lined with shops have a roof so we're okay even on rainy days.29 views
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Toyooka City Hall29 views
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Tobacco shop selling cigarettes. This kind of shop will likely become obsolete in Japan.29 views
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Caban Street is lined with several bag shops. カバンストリート29 views
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Inside Eirakukan. You can freely tour inside the theater. Very impressive and rare glimpse of a Meiji Period theater. 29 viewsThat's the hanamichi on the left. You can walk on it too.
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Stage as seen from the back row.29 views
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Advertising posters on the walls.29 views
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Very retro.29 views
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Stage curtains.29 views
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Dressing room.29 views
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When visiting Toyooka, visiting Izushi is also highly recommended. Short bus ride from JR Toyooka Station to the Izushi bus stop here.29 views
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In Japanese, Izushi is written as 出石 which we may normally pronounce in other ways. So even the local bus makes its clear with hiranaga on how it's pronounced. Very unusual pronunciation.29 views
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The Izushi bus stop is conveniently located near Izushi Castle.29 views
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Some stone walls and foundations still remain.29 views
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Reconstructed West Corner Turret. 西隅櫓29 views
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Reconstructed West Corner Turret is not open to the public. 西隅櫓29 views
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East Corner Turret.29 views
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Izushi Castle's Honmaru has a large stone foundation for the main tower,29 views
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Izushi Castle's Honmaru has a large stone foundation for the main tower,29 views
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The torii gate path goes along the east side of Izushi Castle.29 views
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Ferns and trees make the place solemn.29 views
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Atop Izushi Castle's main foundation also gives great views of Izushi.29 views
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Shinkoro Clock Tower as seen from Izushi Castle.29 views
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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.29 views
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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.29 viewsKinosaki Onsen has a long history of 1,300 years. A favorite hot spring for centuries.
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JR Kinosaki Onsen Station on the JR San'in Line.29 views
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Sato-no-Yu Onsen さとの湯29 views
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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.29 views
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Even the convenience stores were designed to blend in with the local townscape. 29 views
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The second public bath I came across is Jizo-yu.29 views
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Dressing and locker room for men at Jizo-yu.29 views
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Walking further along the picturesque river.29 views
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Willow trees along the river at Kinosaki Onsen spa.29 views
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It says "Kinosaki Onsen well matches people in yukata."29 views
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About Yanagi-yu public bath. 柳湯29 views
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Otani River has four stone bridges and each one has a name.29 views
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Ichinoyu's outdoor bath is in a small cavern.29 views
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Near Ichinoyu is this fountain for drinkable hot spring water.29 views
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Main drag outside Ichinoyu.29 views
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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.29 views
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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.29 views
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Very nice outdoor bath. Large entrance hall or lobby of Gosho-no-yu (御所の湯).29 views
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Rest area inside Gosho-no-yu (御所の湯).29 views
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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.29 views
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Jizo and Kannon statues along a rock wall.29 views
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About the Benzaiten shrine.29 views
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Near Mandarayu is Gokurakuji Temple, a Rinzai Zen Buddhist temple. It worships Amida Nyorai. 本堂29 views
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Gokurakuji Temple's rock garden.29 views
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Gokurakuji Temple's main hall was rebuilt in 1921 after a fire in 1912 destroyed the previous hall. 本堂29 views
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Walking further toward Onsenji Temple.29 views
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Way to Onsenji Temple.29 views
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