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Home - Travel - Sightseeing Guide - Kansai - Kobe
Arima Onsen 
# 8   of 14 most visited
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On April 1, 2014, the consumption tax increased from 5% to 8%, causing widespread changes to fees and fares. This page has not been updated yet, and some of the fees may not be up-to-date

Arima Onsen (Ln) is a famous hot spring town within the city limits of Kobe, but on the opposite side of Mount Rokko from the city center. The town lies in a natural mountain setting, yet is close enough for Kobe and Osaka residents as an easy and popular day trip or weekend getaway.

Although Arima Onsen has a modern look today and is pretty built up, one can still find several narrow lanes and wooden buildings when strolling around the center of town. Due to its compact size, the small town can be explored entirely on foot, and there are several hot spring sources, nice temples and shrines and a small hot spring museum (200 yen) to be discovered.

With a history of over one thousand years, Arima Onsen is considered one of Japan's oldest hot spring resorts and has often stood at or near the top of onsen rankings. The town has two types of hot spring waters which spring up at various sources around town: the Kinsen ("gold water") is colored brown with iron deposits and is said to be good for skin ailments and muscle pain, while the clear Ginsen ("silver water") contains radium and carbonate and is said to cure various muscle and joint ailments.

Visitors to Arima Onsen can enjoy hot spring bathing at two public bath houses or at the town's many ryokan. Several ryokan open their baths also to non-staying visitors during the day. The admission fee for a daytrip visit to a bath typically ranges between 500 and 1500 yen.

Hot spring source

The following is a list of some hot spring baths around Arima Onsen that are open to day trip visitors:

Kin no Yu
Open: 8:00 to 22:00 (Admission ends at 21:30)
Closed: 2nd and 4th Tues each month (Wed if Tues is a holiday), Jan 1
Admission: 650 yen (Kin no Yu only), 1000 yen (Kin no Yu and Gin no Yu)
Located at the center of town, Kin no Yu is the larger of Arima Onsen's two public bath houses. It features two indoor "gold" water baths of varying temperatures for each gender. Outside the bath house there are a free foot bath (ashiyu) and a drinking fountain fed by thermal waters.

Gin no Yu
Hours: 9:00 to 21:00 (Admission ends at 20:30)
Closed: 1st and 3rd Tues each month (Wed if Tues is a holiday), Jan 1
Admission: 550 yen (Gin no Yu only), 1000 yen (Gin no Yu and Kin no Yu)
Gin no Yu stands further back in the town, and is the smaller of Arima's two public bath houses. It has one large indoor bath for each gender, featuring the clear, "silver" water.

Taiko no Yu
Hours: 10:00 to 23:00 (admission ends at 22:00)
Closed: No closing days
Admission: 2400 yen
Part of the Arima View Hotel, the Taiko no Yu is a large modern hot spring facility, featuring a wide variety of indoor and outdoor baths filled with both of Arima's waters. It includes a replica of a historic bath found at the onsen museum, large pots and fragrant saunas. In addition, there are massage services, restaurants, shops and rest areas.

Goshobo
Daytime Hours: 11:00 to 18:00
Closed: Days following national holidays
Daytime Admission: 1575 yen
Overnight Stay: From 20,000 yen per person including 2 meals
Goshobo, one of Arima's oldest ryokan, opens its baths to non-staying guests during daytime. Its main baths are atmospheric indoor stone pools for each gender, filled with Arima Onsen's famed "golden" hot spring water.

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How to get there
On April 1, 2014, the consumption tax increased from 5% to 8%, causing widespread changes to transportation fares. This page has not been updated yet, and some of the fees and fares in this section may not be up-to-date.

By train

From Sannomiya or Shin-Kobe Station, take the subway to Tanigami Station (10-15 minutes, 4-5 departures per hour). Then, take the Shintetsu Arima-Sanda Line to Arima-guchi and transfer to the Arima Line to Arima Onsen Station (20 minutes, 4 departures per hour). The entire journey takes 30-40 minutes and costs 720 yen from Shin-Kobe and 900 yen from Sannomiya Station.

By direct bus from Kobe

Hankyu and Shinki Bus operate local buses from Sannomiya Station (50 minutes) via Shin-Kobe Station (35 minutes) to Arima Onsen. The one way trip costs 680 yen and buses depart once or twice an hour. Alternatively, Nishinihon JR Bus operates about seven highway buses per day from Shin-Kobe Station (50 minutes) via Sannomiya Station (30 minutes) to Arima Onsen. The one way trip costs 750 yen, while a round trip ticket is available for 1400 yen.

By direct bus from Osaka

Hankyu Bus and Nishinihon JR Bus operate one or two highway buses per hour from Hankyu Umeda Station or JR Osaka Station (60 minutes, 1330 yen) via Shin-Osaka Station (50 minutes, 1200 yen) to Arima Onsen. Nishinihon JR Bus offers round trip tickets for 2400 yen and 2200 yen respectively.

By cablecar and ropeway via Mount Rokko

From Sannomiya Station, take the Hankyu Kobe Line to Rokko Station (7 minutes, 180 yen), from where it is a ten minute, 200 yen bus ride by Kobe City Bus number 16 to the base station of the Rokko Cablecar.

The cablecar ride up the mountain takes ten minutes and costs 570 yen one way or 1000 yen for a round trip ticket. From the top station, take the circular bus line to the top station of the Rokko Arima Ropeway (ten minutes, 250 yen), which brings you down to Arima Onsen (12 minutes, 980 yen one way, 1770 yen round trip).

If you access Arima Onsen via Mount Rokko, you can save some money by using the "Rokko Arima Katamichi Joshaken" ticket, which includes a one way ride on the cablecar and ropeway plus unlimited use of the circular bus line on Mount Rokko for 1700 yen.

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