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You can just relax and be yourself.

You can just relax and be yourself. The hot water is full brown caused by iron. And its taste is a... read more

Reviewed February 14, 2017
small and steamy

Kin no Yu is a small place so when I did my research on Arima Onsen, many reviews said it gets... read more

Reviewed March 26, 2016
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Apr 15, 2018
“Small onsen with golden water”
Jun 3, 2017
“Hustly, bustly until you get in the bath”
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Reviewed April 15, 2018

We got to the gold onsen (Kin no Yu) at 9:50am and planned to stay there until 11:30am. When we entered the onsen we found there were only 3 pools there and no outdoor area and realised we'd allowed way too much time there. There...More

Date of experience: February 2018
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Reviewed June 3, 2017

My daughter loves taking the watersand this is reputed to be the best of the accessible bathing places in Arima. We went on a weekday just after the New Year holidays. It was busy, busy, busy. It seems a lot of people bathe here each...More

Date of experience: January 2017
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Reviewed February 14, 2017

You can just relax and be yourself. The hot water is full brown caused by iron. And its taste is a bit salty. Many foreigners, especially asian, were in there.

Date of experience: February 2017
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Reviewed March 26, 2016 via mobile

Kin no Yu is a small place so when I did my research on Arima Onsen, many reviews said it gets overcrowded. Therefore, I decided to go after 6 pm and ta-da, at one point I was the only person in the pool! The water...More

Date of experience: March 2016
9  Thank Pom0128
Reviewed December 22, 2015

I was here two years ago and it was great, especially after I was tired from traveling around Kansai. This place is a good place for bathing to relax.

Date of experience: December 2015
1  Thank Penguinov
Reviewed October 11, 2015 via mobile

It is one of two general useable Onsen it is small and loud. You will may not be there than one houre. For tattood people it is the only posble onsen herr

Date of experience: October 2015
6  Thank aeneass2014
Reviewed October 7, 2015

My brother and I visited here after doing Mt Rokko, and it was great. The people inside were really nice and there is enough English signage to get the general idea of how it works. Basically you walk in and take your shoes off. Then...More

Date of experience: October 2015
6  Thank bfwolf35805
Reviewed June 27, 2015

Me and a few friends went on a day hike up to the top of Mount Rokko and then down into Arima Onsen. The hike was tough, but the Kin no Yu really fixed all the tired and achy muscles. The little town is also...More

Date of experience: January 2015
1  Thank TrentsterGa
Reviewed June 26, 2015

It was our first onsen visit and we really enjoyed it - the place was much nicer, cleaner and friendlier than a Sento we visited recently! They are also tattoo friendly if that concerns you.

Date of experience: June 2015
4  Thank NekoKiwi
Reviewed April 24, 2015 via mobile

There is a normal Onsen I think but I still feel comfortable and related! Maybe I am foreign and walked harder! It's a great experience and good memory this year!

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March 1, 2017|
Response from urbantazan | Reviewed this property |
I saw a man, who is maybe Japanese, Korean or Chinese, had tattoo of 2 dragons on his chest in Kin no Yu last month. So possibly you can take the bath. But you should email to ask its bathhouse, just in case. Recently I saw... More
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Arimahon Onsen Kin no Yu (2 Replies)
Can anyone confirm Arimahon Onsen Kin no Yu is tattoo friendly?
December 12, 2017|
Response fromworthj1970|
No; this is always a crap shoot in Japanese baths. I have a small upper arm tattoo and have only once been asked to leave a public bath. There are bandages that are flesh colored, and a lot of folks (Japanese and foreign) use those to cover the tattoos. And if the tattoo is large or really visible it could present a problem. Personally I would go ahead and know that there is a small chance that they will say something; but unless there is a really obvious sign saying "No Tattoos" (in which...More