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Kinosaki Onsen Retreat - 2 Days / 1 Night
Kinosaki Onsen Retreat - 2 Days / 1 Night

Kinosaki Onsen Retreat - 2 Days / 1 Night

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Kyoto/Osaka - Kinosaki

Take the train to Kinosaki for 2 days of relaxing treats. Stay in a traditional ryokan and enjoy a multi-course kaiseki dinner with late night soaks in an onsen. Choose from a number of onsen to relax in and enjoy walking to some of the surrounding temple buildings. Also in the town is a small but interesting art collection.

Day 1 - Kyoto - Kinosaki Onsen (D)


Today is a self-guided day.

This morning take the train to the seaside town of Kinosaki. On arrival at Kinosaki train station, take the free shuttle bus to your accommodation or check in your luggage at the train station (pay-on-spot; your luggage will be delivered to your hotel) and start discovering this quintessential Japanese onsen (hot spring bath) town on the coast of the Sea of Japan that has preserved its charming atmosphere.

Suggested Self-Guide Itinerary:

After the walk, check-in at your hotel, pick up your tickets to the onsen, change to yukata (Japanese robes) and geta (wooden clogs), and stroll around town along the willow tree-lined small river, visiting some of the seven hot spring baths there. The tour of the seven onsen is called “Sotoyu Meguri Tour” and is a tradition amongst visitors in Kinosaki. You will meet many fellow travelers in the streets in yukata and geta, with towels on their shoulders.

The hot spring baths usually open at 7:00 a.m. and close at 10:30 p.m. (please inquire at the reception about closing days). If your preferred onsen is closed today, you will have an opportunity to visit it tomorrow.

Tonight, you will be staying at a ryokan, a traditional Japanese-style inn that comes with tatami-floored rooms and sliding rice-paper doors. For dinner, you will be having a multi-course meal that consists of some local produce from Kinosaki.

Before you bed down on your futon, you may want to soak in the ryokan’s shared hot spring bath.

Overnight in Kinosaki


Distance and journey time:

JR Kyoto Station to JR Kinosaki-onsen Station (158km): approx. 2.5hrs

Day 2 - Kinosaki Onsen - Kyoto (B)


Today is a self-guided day.

Suggested Self-Guide Itinerary:

Before or after having your breakfast, you can go to an onsen or two for “asayu,” the Japanese term for a morning soak in the hot spring bath.

Return to your hotel to check-out, leave your luggage at the reception, and visit Onsen-ji, a Buddhist temple halfway up the hill at the Western end of town. The temple was founded in 738 AD and was the first stop for visitors in the old days to pay their respect before soaking in the beneficial hot spring baths. There are some temple buildings at the trailhead and it is a 30 to 40-minute trek uphill to reach the main hall. Alternatively, you can take the ropeway to Onsenji Station (pay-on-spot). Near the temple’s main hall stands the Kinosaki Art Museum, with its small but interesting collection.

If the weather is nice, you could also take the ropeway all the way up to the observation deck (231m above sea level) and be rewarded with fine views of Kinosaki and the Japan Sea.

Afterwards, go back to your hotel to pick up your luggage and head to Kinosaki-onsen Station to catch the train back to Kyoto.

Tour Duration: 2 Days / 1Night
Tour Operates: Year Round / On Demand
Tour Price: Available upon Request

Rates vary frequently. Please contact us to get the best possible price based upon your travel period and specific touring needs.

Our Services Include:

  • Hotel accommodation in twin room with daily breakfast (for ryokan, minshuku, and other traditional accommodation, rooms are Japanese-style with futon and meals are half board).
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner).
  • Roundtrip train tickets from Kyoto Station to Kinosaki-onsen Station (reserved seats, ordinary class).

Our Services Do Not Include:

  • International and domestic flights (quoted separately).
  • Guides and/or entrance fees.
  • Local transport other than mentioned above (e.g. ropeway).
  • Meals other than mentioned above.
  • Personal expenses (e.g. drinks, laundry, telephone, and other expenditures of a personal nature).
  • Travel insurance (please see below).
  • Other services not clearly indicated in the package inclusions above.

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