How to travel between Kinosaki and Tokyo
Take the JR Tokaido Shinkansen from Tokyo to Kyoto and transfer to a JR limited express train to Kinosaki Onsen Station. The one way journey takes 5-6 hours, costs around 17,000 yen and is fully covered by the Japan Rail Pass if using a Hikari train between Tokyo and Kyoto.
By air via Osaka and Konotori Tajima Airport
Konotori Tajima Airport is the closest airport to Kinosaki (45 minute by bus). However, the airport is connected only to Osaka's Itami Airport with two flights per day by JAL. Flight duration is 40 minutes. The regular one way fare is about 14,000 yen, but by using a discount offer, you can usually fly for between 7,000 and 8,000 yen. How to travel between Tokyo and Osaka.
By air via Tottori Airport
Tottori Airport is the closest airport with direct flights to Tokyo (Haneda Airport). ANA operates five flights per day. Flight duration is 80 minutes. The regular one way fare is about 33,000 yen, but by using a discount offer, you can usually fly for between 14,000 and 23,000 yen. Air passes for foreign visitors are even cheaper.
From Tottori Airport, Kinosaki can be reached in about two hours by rental car. Alternatively, take the airport bus from the airport to Tottori Station (20 minutes, 460 yen) and use local trains along the JR Sanin Line to reach Kinosaki (2.5 hours, 1320 yen, one transfer along the way).
By highway bus
A couple of overnight buses operate between Tokyo and Kinosaki Onsen or nearby Toyooka Station. The one way fare depends on the company and day of travel and varies between 4,000 and 13,000 yen. Among the companies is Willer Express which also offers the Japan Bus Pass. Online reservations can be made through Willer.
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Kinosaki is a compact town and can be fully explored on foot. It takes about 15-25 minutes to walk from the train station at the eastern end of town to the Kono-yu bath house at the western end of town.
Konotori Tajima Airport is the closest airport to Kinosaki, a 45 minute bus ride south of Kinosaki near the city center of Toyooka City. The Konotori no Sato Oriental Stork Sanctuary is also located close to Toyooka city center.
Map of the surroundings of Kinosaki: