Street of Kinosaki Onsen

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hassanyoucef11
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We tried the legendary "onsen experience" by choosing this beautiful town over other onsen towns , and we weren't disappointed at all. Beautiful town , amazing onsen, amazing food , nice people, kinosaki has it all ! The 6 onsens we visited were beautiful, each one with its unique style. The local speciality the matsuda crab is delicious (normally iam not a huge fan of seafood). I advise you to book a room in a ryokan called oyado seri you will have an amazing room with a fantastic view of the great river and the beautiful mountain behind it for a very good price. The owner is kind !
Written January 12, 2020
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Hi hassanyoucef11, Thank you so much for visiting and leaving such a lovely review! Glad you had the opportunity to do a full run of onsen-hopping. Our local specialty for the winter, as you mentioned, is matsuda crab. If one chooses to visit during a different season, we recommend they try our local specialty -- Tajima beef. It is extremely high quality wagyu with a melt-in-your-mouth texture. Many people do not know this, but meat that passes a strict set of conditions among Tajima Beef goes on to become the internationally acclaimed "Kobe Beef"! We hope that you decide to visit again sometime in the future.
Written January 19, 2020
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CanuckJames
Nishinomiya, Japan1,130 contributions
Hot springs and snow crabs, that is how I will remember Kinosaki.

The whole town is centered for tourism and the promotion of local products. All the local hotels offer Yukata (kimono) and Geta (clogs) to wear. You get a pass from the hotel which enables you to have unlimited visits to ALL the onsen in Kinosaki.

The street is filled with gift shops, restaurants, and fishmongers. The specialty of the area is Matsubagani (Snow Crabs) which you can purchase live or steamed. (steamed is easier to handle)

The multiple pedestrian bridges that cross the waterway gives you many opportunities to take great photos.

You really do get a taste of small-town Japan.
Written December 10, 2020
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fivewaves6711
Singapore, Singapore484 contributions
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The entire town is extremely charming for its ideal size, the laid back small village atmosphere, the food and of course the 7 onsens. The food in the eateries we ate at were all really good. We ate at Mikuni specializing in Tajima beef, Masuya famed for Kinosaki soba, Moa for the house burger and Inaba for their dons, and they were all absolutely marvelous. Even the beef bun (pau) in the stall on the street was delicious. Somehow the Tajima beef they used was a cut above typical beef we get elsewhere in terms of taste.

Having had to travel via JR line for ~2hr 20min from Kyoto, we felt we made the right decision by staying 2 nights here. I won't recommend just a day trip especially from Kyoto or around that since considering the ~5 hours of travelling to-and-fro that would be too rushed to enjoy the relaxed onsen atmosphere the town had to offer. If leisure time is what you are looking for, this place offers some respite from the maddening peak hour crowds in Kyoto and Osaka. Walking around in the hotel provided yukutas and wooden clogs, coupled with the lack of mobile signal and TV within the room is guaranteed to slow down your mind to a more restful state. Just have an early dinner and nearly all eateries are closed by 8pm, during which most people will go onsen-hopping. At night although the roads are hardly wide, do be aware and cautious that speeding seems to be common in this small town. So if walking around in wooden clogs isn't your thing, you might want to walk with extra caution.

Btw, tourists brochures are available at the Tourist Information Office near the train station... some in hardcopy the rest in softcopy. There is information kiosk at the Tourist Information Office, that provides steps to install an app which is identified by QR code. After installing the app,simply select your Language at the kiosk, and then click on the brochures that you want, and the PDFs will be delivered to your phone or tablet.

In any case, this town is neither too big nor too small. Although you can speed walk around the whole place in a day, but even if you extend your stay to 1 or 2 more days, I think you can still find new places to eat, new things to buy in the few but varied shops, or revisiting the onsens.

I won't mind visiting this place again at all.
Written April 22, 2017
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Dear jonathangohyongsing, Our apologies for the late reply. Thank you very much for extending your journey in Kyoto to Kinosaki Onsen and staying here for two nights. We are glad to know you enjoyed many charms of the town including food, ryokan, onsen, yukata, geta, cherry blossoms, etc. We are sorry to learn that cars on the streets made you afraid. In theory, drivers are not allowed to go over the speed limit of 30 kilometers per hour in the streets of Kinosaki. We will continue to ask for the drivers’ cooperation.  We hope you can come visit Kinosaki again and go sightseeing in the surrounding area to discover the aquarium, the caves park, the beach, the castle town, the snow resorts, etc. We look forward to welcoming you again!
Written October 18, 2017
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wing6rider
Canberra, Australia1,111 contributions
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.... we loved wandering the streets and seeing all the wonderful old structures that have been mostly kept in a way that reflects the traditional theme. I have posted a couple of striking photos to provide a sense of what is on offer! YMMV
Written August 2, 2017
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Dear wing6rider-Australia, Our apologies for the late reply. Thank you very much for giving us your kind message about Kinosaki Onsen. The town’s concept is to consider it as “one large ryokan (Japanese inn)”where the station is the entrance; the streets are the hallways; the ryokans are the guest rooms; and the onsens are the baths. It is one of the reasons why tourists in Kinosaki Onsen are allowed to walk outside in yukata. We think that’s what makes it different from other onsen towns. We hope you felt the beauty of the traditional townscape, and we look forward to seeing you again.
Written October 19, 2017
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Hawaiiwaves
Redwood City, CA97 contributions
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Kinosaki is such a charming, small town. It makes you feel like you are living in the Edo period. Loved seeing everyone wearing yukatas and gatas. The quiet town is a contrast to the hustle and bustle of Tokyo.
Written October 24, 2018
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Dear Hawaiiwaves, Thank you very much for your feedback. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your time in Kinosaki and appreciated the folksy atmosphere that our town embodies. Since you enjoyed the Edo period-esque charm of Kinosaki, we would recommend that you visit the nearby castle town Izushi on your next trip to the region. Izushi town feels like a relic from the past, with its Eirakukan kabuki playhouse, a samurai’s manor, and, of course, ruins of the 415-year-old Izushi Castle.
Written February 13, 2019
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MichaelLee60
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia383 contributions
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This is a short amazing street where you see mostly tourist dressed in the signature Yukata of the respective ryokan they stayed in. During winter we are dressed in three pieces as opposed only one one cotton piece during summer. Its a very pleasure awalk along a basically one street town lined with shops on both sides. Its a pleasure to eat ice cream even in Winter as we exited from the onsen with the body still warm. Its truly a real Japanese experience.
Written February 23, 2015
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Acuwomann
Chicago, IL12 contributions
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My husband and I spent two nights here on our honeymoon. Sooo romantic. I can't quite describe the sights and sounds of folks walking around in bathrobes with wooden clogs clip-clopping along the incredibly narrow streets. Everyone carrying woven baskets of bath products (or plastic bags if you are a mere vistor). We enjoyed our visit immensely. We had fun poking around the little shops and it reminded us a bit of a lovelier Galena, IL. Like many places in Japan, eateries close for a few hours in the afternoon and many did not reopen. Check to be sure you are not walking around hungry. Another note -- watch where you are walking! The streets look impossibly narrow for two-way traffic, but somehow manage it. Take care while walking in your yukata and clogs.

The baths were heavenly. We especially liked the Satono-yu bath near the train station which has outside facilities. Another favorite was Goshono-yu which has another beautiful outdoor bath with a waterfall. Even though we were separated (the baths are separated by the sexes) on our honeymoon, we were so relaxed when we reunited! Oh my goodness -- go there!
Written May 29, 2014
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BobBobGolden
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia637 contributions
Very nice to walk and take pictures of the ancient street. Explore the old onsens and plenty of restaurants.
Written February 3, 2020
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BobBobGolden, Thanks for visiting and leaving a response! If you wish to share your pictures with other travelers, we recommend using our #VisitKinosaki hashtag on social media. We hope you can come again some day!
Written February 13, 2020
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Lian H
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What an experience to see everyone walking along the street with yukata and clogs hopping from onsen to onsen.
Written January 1, 2020
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3AY, Thank you for visiting! Yes, Kinosaki is known for its unique atmosphere which harkens back to an older era of Japan. Enjoy a complimentary yukata if you stay with a local ryokan (Japanese inn), or try renting one of the numerous colors and designs we have on display at the IROHA shop.
Written January 19, 2020
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Natalie Choi
Hong Kong, China83 contributions
Must spend time to walk around to feel the relaxing atmosphere. You may shop around and eat around too.
Written December 17, 2019
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NatalieChoi03, Thanks for visiting! We hope you enjoyed your time and tried plenty of tasty foods.
Written January 19, 2020
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