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10 Recommended Spots in Arima Onsen

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Arima Onsen in Hyogo Prefecture is known as one of the three oldest hot springs in Japan, and has long been famous for its hot springs.

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It is easy to get to from Kobe, and has been popular as a hot spring resort in the Kansai region for centuries.

Arima Onsen is known for its hot spring baths and hot spring town strolls.

Here are some must-visit places to visit in Arima Onsen.

Kin no yu(Gold hot spring)

In Arima Onsen, there are two types of onsen water: a deep, muddy gold spring and a clear, colorless silver spring.

The Kin no Yu public bathhouse is the easiest way to enjoy the gold spring.

Submerge yourself in the dark orange, sodium chloride-containing, high-salt hot spring water and you won’t even be able to see your arms and legs.

The locals have been very impressed with the quality of the spring water, but be careful not to overdo it, as it is a very thick hot spring.

Information

Address: 833 Arima-cho, Kita-ku, Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture
Telephone number: 078-904-0680
Access: 5 minutes walk from Arima Onsen.

Gin no yu(Silver Hot Spring)

In contrast to the Kin no Yu, the Gin no Yu is a clear, colorless hot spring made of a mixture of carbon dioxide and radium springs.

It is a hot spring that warms you up well but gives you a refreshing feeling afterwards.

Gin no Yu public bath is located in the middle of a slope away from the hot spring resort, so it is recommended to visit the temples in the area.

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Information

Address: 1039-1 Arima-cho, Kita-ku, Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture
Telephone number: 078-904-0256
Access: 10 minutes walk from Arima Onsen Station

Yukemuri Plaza (Arima Onsen Station)

As soon as you exit Arima Onsen Station, you will see the Yukemuri Hiroba on your right.

A waterfall made to look like a hot spring is in the center, and a statue of Toyotomi Hideyoshi is on the right side.

Arima Onsen was a favorite hot spring for Toyotomi Hideyoshi, and there are many things and places associated with him.

Hideyoshi is looking towards the statue of Nene, his wife, who stands across the river, and they are looking at each other.

The kappa statue at the center of the waterfall is a gift from Sapporo Jozankei Hot Springs.

Information

Address: Arima-cho, Kita-ku, Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture
Access: 1 minute walk from Arima Onsen Station

Nene bridge

The bridge with a conspicuous red railing in the center of the town is Nene Bridge.

The statue of Nene, the official chamber of Hideyoshi Toyotomi, stands at the foot of the bridge.

The red color of the bridge is especially beautiful during cherry blossom season.

It is said that Hideyoshi and Nene, who built a villa in Arima, often visited Arima Onsen to enjoy a brief rest.

Information

Address: 1400 Arima-cho, Kita-ku, Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture
Access: 3 minutes walk from Arima Onsen Station

Taiko(Toyotomi) no Yu

Taiko no yu is the only hot spring theme park in the Arima Onsen town, where visitors can enjoy a gold, silver and carbonated spring in hot springs and rock baths.”

It is called a “historical exploration-type qua-themed park,” and inside the building are baths with historical motifs such as the “Taiko’s Rock Bath” and “Nene’s Play Bath” and other baths.

This is a valuable spot where visitors can not only enjoy the hot spring but also learn about history.

Information

Address: 292-2 Ikenojiri, Arima-cho, Kita-ku, Kofu City, Hyogo Prefecture
Telephone number: 078-904-2291
Access: 8 minutes walk from Arima Onsen Station

Taiko no Yudenkan

In 1995, the ruins of the Gokurakuji Temple, which was damaged by the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake that struck the city of Kobe, were discovered during reconstruction work.

The Taiko-no-Yudonkan was built there to introduce visitors to the deep history of Hideyoshi and the culture of Arima Onsen.

Inside, the remains of a rock bath in which Hideyoshi is said to have taken a bath are on display, as well as other valuable items.

Information

Address: 1642 Arima-cho, Kita-ku, Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture
Telephone number: 078-904-4304
Access: 8 minutes walk from Arima Onsen Station

Gosho Hot Spring Source

Arima Onsen has many different types of spring water, but you can easily visit their water sources in the town.

All of them can be visited on foot, but the Gosho Hot Spring is a must-see, with its round, well-kept garden, and the water boiling at 83 degrees Celsius is a testament to the mystery of nature.

Information

Address: Arima-cho, Kita-ku, Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture
Access: 8 minutes walk from Arima Onsen Station

Zuihoji Temple Park

When Hideyoshi visited Zuihoji Temple, he praised the temple’s garden saying he never got tired of looking at it.

Zuihoji Park was built on the site of the temple, which has now been abandoned.

Inside the park, a stone “Go” board where Hideyoshi is said to have enjoyed playing “Go” is said to have been placed.

The park is located at the highest point of the Arima Onsen town, and during the autumn season, the park is beautifully colored with autumn leaves.

Information

Address: 1749 Arima-cho, Kita-ku, Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture
Access: 15 minutes walk from Arima Onsen Station

Tosen Shrine

Arima Onsen has a history of 1,400 years.

It is said that the hot spring was discovered by two gods, O-Namuchi-no-Mikoto (Daikoku-sama) and Sukuna-Hikonomikoto (god of medicine), and they are enshrined in Tosen Shrine.

This shrine is famous as a god of childbirth, and many people from all over Japan come to visit.

Information

Address: 1908 Arima-cho, Kita-ku, Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture
Telephone number: 078-904-0418
Access: 8 minutes walk from Arima Onsen Station

Tsutsumi ga taki Waterfall Park

Tsutsumi ga taki waterfall was named after the sound of water falling in two stages, making a thumping sound as it falls.

The topography was changed due to a natural disaster and the sound of the drum cannot be heard at this time, but the area around the falls has been developed as Tsuzumigataki Park, a perfect spot for forest bathing.

Information

Address:Arima-cho, Kita-ku, Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture
Access: 10 minutes walk from Arima Onsen Station

Arima Onsen’s Recommended Spots are Now Done!

You can enjoy a day trip to Arima Onsen, which is easily accessible from Kobe, or you can stay one night and enjoy the various types of hot springs.

Not only can you enjoy the hot springs and relax, but you can learn about the history and culture of the time as Toyotomi Hideyoshi, the leader of the unification of the country, often visited the area.

 

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