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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 main buildings are located halfway up the forested mountain, some additional temple 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.

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    • Japanese Guesthouse Kinosaki Wakayo (Female Only)
      Budget-friendly
      Featuring 1-star accommodation, Japanese Guesthouse Kinosaki Wakayo (Female Only) is set in Toyooka, 2.8 km from Kinumaki Shrine and 4.2 km from Seto Shrine. Featuring a garden, the 1-star guest house has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a shared bathroom. The property is non-smoking and is located 4.8 km from North Disaster Earthquake Monument. 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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    • 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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    • Miharaso
      Budget-friendly
      Featuring 2-star accommodation, Miharaso is set in Toyooka, 600 metres from Kinumaki Shrine and 1.4 km from North Disaster Earthquake Monument. The 2-star ryokan has air-conditioned rooms with a shared bathroom and free WiFi. Free private parking is available and the ryokan also offers a shuttle service for guests who want to explore the surrounding area. Guest rooms in the ryokan are fitted with a kettle. The units in Miharaso are equipped with a flat-screen TV and free toiletries. A ? la carte, continental or American breakfast can be enjoyed at the property. Guests at the accommodation will be able to enjoy activities in and around Toyooka, like hiking. Kehi Shrine is 1.9 km from Miharaso, while Seto Shrine is 2.8 km away. The nearest airport is Tajima Airport, 20 km from the ryokan.
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    • Morizuya
      Luxury
      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 Tsubakino Ryokan
      Mid-range
      Featuring 3-star accommodation, Kinosaki Onsen Tsubakino Ryokan is set in Toyooka, 2.6 km from Kinumaki Shrine and 4 km from Seto Shrine. Featuring a garden, the 3-star ryokan has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a shared bathroom. There is a restaurant serving Japanese cuisine, and free private parking is available. All guest rooms at the ryokan come with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels and a safety deposit box. At Kinosaki Onsen Tsubakino Ryokan all rooms have bed linen and towels. Guests at the accommodation can enjoy an Asian breakfast. Guests at Kinosaki Onsen Tsubakino Ryokan will be able to enjoy activities in and around Toyooka, like skiing and cycling. North Disaster Earthquake Monument is 4.6 km from the ryokan, while Kehi Shrine is 4.9 km from the property. The nearest airport is Tajima Airport, 17 km from Kinosaki Onsen Tsubakino Ryokan.
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    • Koyado Enn
      Mid-range
      A 3-minute walk from JR Kinosaki-Onsen Station, Koyado Enn offers hot spring baths for private use, a caf? and a restaurant. Free WiFi is provided, and yukata robes are available at the reception. This is a non-smoking, adults-only ryokan. Modern, comfortable rooms come with a Japanese interior, and offer either traditional futon bedding on a tatami (woven-straw) floor, or Western beds. They are fitted with a flat-screen TV, a fridge and a personal safe. All rooms have an attached toilet, while bathing facilities are shared. Guests at Koyado Enn can relax in a hot spring bath featuring wood or bamboo. The ryokan offers luggage service and laundry services, and free parking is available nearby. A Western breakfast is served at the caf?, and the restaurant offers Tajima beef course dinner. Ryokan Koyado Enn is a 15-minute drive from each Kinosaki Marine World and the Genbudo cave.
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    • Mikuniya
      Mid-range
      Featuring a Japanese garden, hot-spring baths and a vase gallery, Mikuniya is 250 metres from JR Kinosaki-Onsen Train Station. The Japanese rooms have a DVD player and traditional futon beds. Air-conditioned rooms with tatami (woven-straw) floors and shoji paper screens await guests at Mikuniya Ryokan. Each room has an electric kettle and en suite toilet. Bathrooms are shared. Located in the Shirosaki Onsen area, Mikuniya is a 2-minute walk from Sato-no-yu Outdoor Public Hot Spring. The ryokan is 1 km from Kinosaki Ropeway. Kinosaki Marine World is 4.5 km away. Three private baths are available for use free of charge (No reservation required). Free Wi-Fi are offered. Japanese-style breakfasts and dinners are served.
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    • Toyooka Sky Hotel
      Budget-friendly
      A short 5-minute walk from JR Toyooka Station, the Toyooka Sky Hotel offers compact yet functional accommodation with free WiFi access. Guests can make a 15-minute drive to the Kinosaki Onsen area and relax in the hot spring. Hotel Toyooka Sky is a 15-minute drive from Hyogo Park of the Oriental White Stork and Tajima Airport. The Kinosaki Marine World is a 23-minute drive away. Convenience stores and supermarkets are located within a walking distance. Each air-conditioned room at this hotel comes with a flat-screen TV and a fridge. The en suite bathroom comes with slippers, free toiletries and a hairdryer. Guests can rent a bike to explore the surroundings and buy drinks from the on-site vending machine. Free luggage storage and free parking is also available. A buffet-style breakfast is served at the on-site restaurant Sora.
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    • Sinonomesou
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      Located 450 metres from Kinosaki Onsen Train Station, Sinonomesou features hot-spring baths, karaoke and traditional meals. The Japanese rooms have futon beds, tatami (woven straw) floors and a flat-screen TV. The air-conditioned rooms at Sinonomesou Ryokan have a green-tea maker and a fridge with minibar. An en suite toilet is provided, and bathrooms are shared. Kinosaki Ropeway is 900 metres from the ryokan. Zenbu Cave is a 15-minute drive, and Kinosaki Marine World is 4 km away. On-site parking is free. A hot-spring bath can be reserved for private use, for a fee. To further unwind, guests can get a massage or walk through the garden. The lobby has free Wi-Fi. Breakfast and dinner feature Japanese cuisine using vegetables from the hotelfs own organic farm.
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