At the western end of town along a mountain slope stands Onsenji Temple (, lit. "hot spring temple"). This temple is dedicated to a Buddhist saint who, according to legend, prayed for 1000 days to bring forth spring water to Kinosaki.

In the old days, visitors had to first pay a visit to the temple before being admitted to any of the baths in town. While most people no longer make the journey to Onsenji before bathing, the temple remains a nice place to visit.

Onsenji's main treasure is a two-meter-tall, eleven-headed Kannon Buddha which is displayed to the public in its entirety only once every 33 years for a period of three years (the next time will be from the year 2054). A partial glimpse at the statue can be taken every year on April 23rd and 24th during the Onsen Matsuri.

Near the temple's main hall stands the Kinosaki Art Museum, a small, interesting museum of historic artifacts and temple treasures.

While most of the temple's buildings are located halfway up the forested mountain, a few structures, including a hall dedicated to Yakushi Buddha and the Sanmon temple gate, stand at the foot of the mountain, across the road from Kono-yu public bath house.

The Kinosaki Ropeway departs from near the temple gate to an observation deck at the mountain summit, making an intermediate stop next to Onsenji's main hall. The ropeway and observation deck offer great views of Kinosaki and surroundings.

Getting there and around

Onsenji's temple gate and the ropeway's lower station are located at the western end of the town, near the Kono-yu public bath house, about a 20 minute walk or a short bus or taxi ride from Kinosaki Station. From there, the temple's main hall can be reached by a short ropeway ride (get off at the intermediate "Onsenji" station) or by walking up a steep, forested path for about 15-20 minutes.

How to get to and around Kinosaki Onsen

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Hotels around Kinosaki

    • Nishimuraya Honkan
      Traditional ryokan in heart of Kinosaki with large Japanese garden. Member of Relais & Chateaux, awarded ''best onsen ryokan'' in Japan.
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    • Mikiya Ryokan
      A wooden ryokan with over 300 years. Famous novelist for ''At Kinosaki'' Shiga Naoya stayed. Free pick-up and WiFi available.
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    • Nishimuraya Honkan
      Luxury
      Boasting a 160-year history and a beautiful garden, Nishimuraya Honkan offers hot-spring baths and Japanese rooms just 1 km from Kinosaki-Onsen Train Station. A gallery with traditional artwork is featured. Rooms at Nishimuraya Honkan Ryokan have traditional futon bedding and tatami (woven-straw) floors. Each is air-conditioned and comes with a tea maker, flat-screen TV and private bathroom. Kinosaki Ropeway and Kinosaki Museum are both a 10-minute walk. Sato-no-yu Outdoor Hot Spring is 900 metres away. Guests can tour nearby hot springs wearing Japanese yukata robes and geta sandals. Seigetsuro Lounge pairs European and Chinese furniture with lovely Japanese garden views. Free WiFi and wired internet are provided in the lobby. Bicycles can be borrowed for free. Dinners usually feature wagyu-beef, and fresh crab in the winter. Japanese-style breakfast is served in the historic dining hall Senrei.
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    • Japanese Guesthouse Kinosaki Wakayo (Female Only)
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      Well situated in the Kinosaki Onsen district of Toyooka, Japanese Guesthouse Kinosaki Wakayo (Female Only) is set 2.8 km from Kinumaki Shrine, 4.2 km from Seto Shrine and 4.8 km from North Disaster Earthquake Monument. Featuring a garden, the 1-star guest house has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a shared bathroom. The accommodation offers a shared kitchen and a housekeeping service for guests. The guest house is located in a geothermal area, with a number of hot springs nearby for guests to relax in. Kehi Shrine is 5.1 km from the guest house, while Nyoiji Temple is 12 km away. The nearest airport is Tajima Airport, 17 km from Japanese Guesthouse Kinosaki Wakayo (Female Only).
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    • Onishiya Suishoen
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      Onishiya Suisyouen offers beautiful hot-spring baths, a sauna and Japanese garden beside the Maruyama River. Guests at Onishiya Suisyouen Ryokan can experience a traditional Japanese room with futon beds and tatami (woven-straw) flooring, or enjoy a Western-style room. Japanese-style rooms include a tea maker, private bathroom and a satellite TV. All rooms have air conditioning. Kinosaki Onsen Train Station is 1 km from the ryokan, and a free shuttle bus is available. Kinosaki Ropeway is 1.5 km away. Jizoyu Hot Spring is a 10-minute walk, and Ichinoyu Hot Spring is a 15-minute walk. Entertainment options include for relaxation a hot tub and massage services are offered. Free Wi-Fi is provided in the lobby. For meal-inclusive rates, a Japanese breakfast is served at the dining room.
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    • Kinosaki Onsen Nishimuraya Hotel Shogetsutei
      Luxury
      Set in the woods by Mount Kuruhi, Hotel Shogetsutei is 5 minutes from Kinosaki-Onsen Train Station on the free shuttle. It features beautiful outdoor hot-spring baths and a spa. Free WiFi is provided throughout the property. The air-conditioned rooms at Nishimuraya Hotel Shogetsutei feature nature views. Each has a private bathroom, tea maker and flat-screen TV. Some rooms have tatami (woven-straw) floors and shoji paper screens. Kinosaki Onsen Ropeway Station is 650 metres away, and Kono Yu Hot Spring is about a 10-minute walk. Sister hotel Nishimura Honkan, which has additional free-use hot-spring baths, is 700 metres away. Free-use bicycles are provided. Guests can relax at the hot tub or sauna, enjoy a massage or sing at the karaoke bar. In late summer, the outdoor pool is open. Dinners usually feature wagyu-beef, with crab served instead in the winter. A Japanese-style breakfast is also available at the dining room.
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    • UTSUROI Tsuchiya Annex
      Mid-range
      Offering private natural hot-spring baths, UTSUROI Tsuchiya Annex is 1 km from Kinosaki-Onsen Train Station. The Japanese rooms include futon beds and a flat-screen TV. An onsite cafe is available featuring a gallery for free. Each air-conditioned room at Ryokan Tsuchiya has tatami (woven-straw) flooring. All rooms have a tea maker and an en suite toilet. Bathrooms are shared. Kinosaki Onsen Ropeway Station is just 200 metres away. Kinosaki Museum is a 10-minute walk, and Kinosaki Marine Park is a 15-minute drive. Hot spring baths for private use can be used for free.
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    • Kinosaki Yamamotoya
      Mid-range
      Yamamotoya is a 7-minute walk from JR Kinosaki Onsen Station and a free 2-way shuttle is provided. It offers Japanese-style accommodation with a brewery, a hot-spring bath and free Wi-Fi. Guests can experience Japanese tea ceremony (needs a reservation, extra charge) and try on traditional Yukata robes. Guestrooms offer both heating and air-conditioning facilities, and futon bedding is provided on a traditional tatami (woven-straw) floor. Each room comes with green tea leaves, an iPod dock and a flat-screen TV. Rooms share a bathroom with other rooms. Luggage storage can be found at the 24-hour front desk. Breakfast and dinner will be served will be served in the dining room. Guests can enjoy local beer at the brewery. Yamamotoya is an 8-minute walk from Kinosaki-Onsen Ropeway Station and Gokuraku-ji Temple. It is within a 12-minute drive from Genbu-do (Genbu Cave) and a 15-minute walk from Kinosaki Museum. Free parking is provided on site.
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    • Sensui
      Mid-range
      Located in the quiet areas of Kinosaki hot-spring district, Sensui offers Japanese-style accommodations and 3 private reservable hot-spring baths. Guests can enjoy the various hot-spring baths of the area. A free shuttle is available from JR Kinosaki Onsen Train Station, which is also a 5-minute walk away. The air-conditioned rooms feature a fridge and an electric kettle with green tea bags. Guests sleep in Japanese futon bedding on tatami (woven-straw) floors or room with beds, and can use the shared bathroom. Each room comes with a private toilet. Daily newspapers are provided at the front desk. Drinks vending machines are on-site. The traditional multi-course dinner features local specialties such as Matsuba crabs and Tajima beef. A Japanese set-menu is served for breakfast and all meals are offered at the dining room. Sensui Ryokan is a 10-minute drive from Genbudo Park and a 15-minute drive from Kinosaki Marine World.
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    • Ginka
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      Vast area with 6600 square meters in Kinosaki Onsen, ~R쉷 features Japanese style rooms, natural hot springs and Japanese food restaurants. ~R쉷 offers 4 different types of natural hot springs including Japanese cypress bath. From the outdoor bath, guests can relax with views of Maruyama river. All guest room at ~R쉷 come with Tatami flooring rooms and Tatami sleeping mats. Also TV, fridge and electric kettle are featured. Authentic Japanese cuisine with seasonal local ingredients can be tasted at Tosho. Manemon offers stunning views of Maruyama river and a cup of coffee. Kinosaki-Onsen JR Station is a 10-minute drive away. From Kyoto, it takes 170 minutes by Express train.
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    • Morizuya
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      Facing the central shopping street of the Kinosaki Onsen hot spring area, Morizuya offers authentic Japanese-style accommodation, hot spring baths and Japanese dining. Guests can wear colourful yukata robes at the property. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout. Morizuya is a 10-minute drive from Kinosaki Marine World, and a 6-minute walk from Kinosaki Onsen Station. A shuttle service to/from the station is offered. The historical Castle Town Izushi is a 30-minute drive away. Rooms come with futon bedding on tatami (woven mat) flooring and a comfortable seating area. They feature either city or mountain views, and are fitted with an LCD TV, a mini-fridge and a safe. Bathroom facilities are shared and have free toiletries. Guests at Japanese-style hot spring hotel Morizuya can relax in the public indoor and outdoor hot spring bath, including an unique cave-style bath. They can be reserved for private use on weekdays. They can enjoy neighborhood fireworks in Summer. Luggage storage services are offered at the front desk before checking in/after check-out. A Japanese breakfast and a traditional multi-course dinner with local dishes are served in the privacy of the guestroom.
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    • Kinosaki Onsen Hanakouji Saigetsu
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      2.8 km from Kinumaki Shrine, Kinosaki Onsen Hanakouji Saigetsu is a recently renovated property situated in Toyooka and features air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi and private parking. Each accommodation at the 3-star ryokan has quiet street views, and guests can enjoy access to a hot spring bath and a public bath. The property offers allergy-free units and is set 4.2 km from Seto Shrine. At the ryokan each unit comes with private entrance, desk, a flat-screen TV and a shared bathroom. Additional in-room amenities include chocolates or cookies. All units will provide guests with a wardrobe and a kettle. Guests at the ryokan can enjoy an Asian breakfast. The ryokan is located in a geothermal area, with a number of hot springs nearby for guests to relax in. North Disaster Earthquake Monument is 4.8 km from Kinosaki Onsen Hanakouji Saigetsu, while Kehi Shrine is 7.3 km from the property. The nearest airport is Tajima Airport, 17 km from the accommodation.
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