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Home - Travel - Sightseeing Guide - Kansai - Kinosaki Onsen
Konotori no Sato Park
# 4   of 4 most visited
sights in Kinosaki

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The Oriental Stork (konotori) became extinct in Japan due to modern farming practices killing off its food supply of frogs, fish and other wetland animals. The last bird died near Kinosaki in 1971.

Konotori no Sato Park was built to reintroduce the storks to Japan using birds obtained from Russia. The storks themselves are now designated a special protected animal by the government, and have become a symbol of the Tajima region around Kinosaki, where even the local airport is named after them (Konotori Tajima Airport).

Located 10 km south of Kinosaki, the Konotori no Sato Park is part museum and part breeding habitat, where visitors can learn about the storks, the breeding program and conservation, as well as see the birds on the sanctuary grounds.

The aims of the program are being realized as local farmers are altering their farming practices to preserve the wetland habitat, and the storks are being successfully reintroduced into the wild. In May 2007, for the first time since 1964 a stork chick hatched in nature. Its parents were born at the sanctuary and released into the wild.

Wild Oriental Stork in flight
Breeding grounds of Konotori no Sato

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How to get there
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The Konotori no Sato Park is located roughly 10 kilometers south of Kinosaki Onsen and 4 kilometers east of Toyooka city center. There is about one bus every 90 minutes from Toyooka Station to the park (15 minutes, 240 yen one way). A taxi ride takes about 10 minutes and costs around 1500 to 2000 yen.

Toyooka Station can be reached in a 10 minute train ride from Kinosaki Onsen Station. Limited express trains from Kyoto and Osaka to Kinosaki also make a stop at Toyooka Station. The bus ride from Konotori Tajima Airport to Toyooka Station takes 15 minutes.

How to get to and around Kinosaki Onsen

Hours and Fees
Hours:9:00 to 17:00
Closed:Mondays (or following day if Monday falls on a national holiday)
December 28 to January 4
Admission:Free

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Mikuniya Ryokan
Friendly, affordable inn. 3 free private onsen baths. Esthetic treatment offered. 3 min walk from Kinosaki Station.
Nishimuraya Honkan
A traditional hotel with over 150 years of history. Onsen baths with Japanese garden view. Savor the crabs in winter.
Onishiya Suishoen
A modern Japanese hotel. Sauna, Jaccuzi and some Western style rooms. Offering free rental bicycle, WiFi and shuttle bus.
Mikiya Ryokan
A wooden ryokan with over 300 years. Famous novelist for "At Kinosaki" Shiga Naoya stayed. Free pick-up and WiFi available.
Kojinmari
The smallest & cozy onsen inn with only 4 guest rooms. Rates without meals from 7350Yen. 5min walk from Kinosaki Station.
Shinonome-so
An authentic, family-run ryokan in the center of Kinosaki. Try the rock baths & a private bath. Free shuttle from station.

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Japanese Links
Hyogo Prefectural Homeland for the Oriental White Stork
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