Kinosaki Onsen

Kinosaki Onsen is the classic Japanese hotspring resort. Nestling between mountains and sea, Kinosaki has escaped the concrete and glaring pachinko parlours of other Japanese towns. Traditional wooden houses sit along the willow-lined river which carries colourful koi carp through the town centre.

Kinosaki Onsen Map

“Communal bathing in public hot springs is an essential part of Japanese culture. No trip to Japan would be complete without this experience and Kinosaki Onsen honours this tradition in beautiful, rustic style”

Samantha Barrow, Senior Travel Consultant and former resident of Kinosaki Onsen

Hot springs were discovered in Kinosaki around the 8th century.  According to legend, storks would bathe in the marshes of Kinosaki to heal their wounds.  Later bath houses were built over these sites to take advantage of the healing waters.  Today the hot springs are believed to cure all manner of ailments from rheumatism to high blood pressure.

Visitors come to Kinosaki to stay in beautiful Japanese inns or ryokan where they enjoy a sumptuous banquet of delicious local cuisine including the famous crab.  But by 6pm everyone ventures outside again to visit the bath houses.  ?Clip-clop, clip-clop' goes the sound of wooden geta sandals as bathers dressed in summer kimono or yukata weave their way between the seven onsen over wooden bridges lit by atmospheric lanterns.  Each onsen hot spring has a different feel and in the course of the evening guests may take a therapeutic soak in all of them!

There has always been a certain sense of spirituality linked to onsen bathing; the notion of cleanliness and purity being linked to Shintoism. This air of holiness permeates Kinosaki and has inspired artists, authors and calligraphers for centuries.  A magical stay in Kinosaki Onsen may well be the highlight of your trip to Japan.

Recommended Accommodation in Kinosaki Onsen

The following are our favourites from among the western-style hotels and Japanese-style inns of Kinosaki Onsen.

Experiences in Kinosaki Onsen

Kinosaki Onsen offers a wealth of exciting experiences that will help you get beneath the surface of Japan's fascinating culture. See below for a few of our favourites

Weather in Kinosaki Onsen

The Climate Guide for Kinosaki Onsen, Japan is perfect for planning your holiday. Monthly weather averages give the best indication of what the weather is usually like for every month of the year including figures for temperature, rainfall and sunshine.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Max Daytime Temperature (°C) 6 6 10 16 21 24 28 30 25 20 14 9
Min Night-time Temperature (°C) -1 -1 1 7 11 16 21 22 17 11 6 1
Hours of Sunshine (Daily) 2 3 4 6 6 5 5 6 4 4 3 3
Hours of Daylight (Daily) 10 11 12 13 14 14 14 13 12 11 10 10
Heat and Humidity Discomfort None None None None None None Moderate High Low None None None
Days with some Rainfall 16 15 16 14 14 17 18 16 16 13 13 14
Monthly Rainfall (mm) 46 42 43 65 166 248 235 201 250 134 54 39
UV Index (Maximum) 2 4 5 7 9 10 10 10 8 5 3 2