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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 (REmg̋ , Kōnotori no Sato Kōen) 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 kilometers 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.

Getting there and around

The Konotori no Sato Park is located roughly 10 kilometers south of Kinosaki Onsen and 4 kilometers east of Toyooka's city center. There is about one bus every 90 minutes from Toyooka Station to the park (15 minutes, 250 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

Hotels around Kinosaki

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    • Nishimuraya Honkan
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      Boasting a 150-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. This hotel was selected as one of Top 25 B&Bs and Inns in Japan by TripAdvisor's Travelers' Choice Award 2013. 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 also served in the guest rooms.
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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 2.9 km from Kinumaki Shrine, 4.3 km from Seto Shrine and 5 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. Local points of interest like Hiyoriyama Coast Observation Deck and Hiyoriyama Hot Spring are reachable within 4.2 km and 4.4 km, respectively. Kehi Shrine is 5 km from the guest house, while Futakata Kamaboko Seto Store is 4.1 km away. The nearest airport is Tajima Airport, 13 km from Japanese Guesthouse Kinosaki Wakayo.
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    • Kinosaki Onsen Hanakouji Saigetsu
      Mid-range
      Situated in Toyooka, 2.8 km from Kinumaki Shrine, Kinosaki Onsen Hanakouji Saigetsu features accommodation with free WiFi and free private parking. This 3-star ryokan offers a concierge service. The property is allergy-free and is set 4.2 km from Seto Shrine. At the ryokan, rooms come with a desk, a flat-screen TV and a shared bathroom. The rooms at Kinosaki Onsen Hanakouji Saigetsu have air conditioning and a wardrobe. The accommodation offers a ? la carte or Asian breakfast. Kinosaki Onsen Hanakouji Saigetsu offers 3-star accommodation with a hot spring bath. North Disaster Earthquake Monument is 5 km from the ryokan, while Kehi Shrine is 5 km from the property. The nearest airport is Tajima Airport, 13 km from Kinosaki Onsen Hanakouji Saigetsu.
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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. Guests can purchase a range of Yukata robes at the property. Massage services can be arranged. Luggage storage can be found at the 24-hour front desk. Breakfast and dinner will be served in 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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    • 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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    • 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 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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    • Book & Guesthouse Hitotomaru
      Budget-friendly
      Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, Guesthouse & Bar Hitotomaru offers a renovated Japanese-style accommodation. The property is located just a minute's walk from Takeno Beach and 20 minutes on foot from JR Takeno Station. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. Each room comes with a Japanese futon bedding and heater. There is a shared kitchen and a shared shower room at this property. You will also find a safety deposit box and washing machine on site. Bicycle rentals are available near this hostel. Kinosaki Onsen Hot Spring is a 30-minute walk and train ride away from Guesthouse & Bar Hitotomaru. Tottori Sand Dune is 90 minutes by car.
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    • Miharaso
      Budget-friendly
      Set in Toyooka, 600 metres from Kinumaki Shrine, Miharaso features views of the sea. The 2-star ryokan has air-conditioned rooms with a shared bathroom and free WiFi. There is free private parking and the property offers free shuttle service. The units at the ryokan come with a flat-screen TV and a kitchen. Guest rooms will provide guests with a dishwasher. Miharaso offers a continental or ? la carte breakfast. Guests at the accommodation will be able to enjoy activities in and around Toyooka, like hiking. Popular points of interest near Miharaso include North Disaster Earthquake Monument, Kehi Shrine and Hyogo Prefectural Maruyamagawa Kouen. The nearest airport is Tajima Airport, 15 km from the ryokan.
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    • Oyado Hayakawa
      Mid-range
      Oyado Hayakawa features indoor hot spring baths, a Japanese garden and Japanese-style rooms with mountain views as well as garden views. Free WiFi and a free-use internet PC are available at the lobby. Rooms have relaxing interior with low furniture on a tatami (woven-straw), traditional futon bedding and a flat-screen TV. Amenities include a fridge, yukata robes and complimentary green tea. All rooms have a private toilet and a washbasin, while guests can enjoy bathing at many of the hot spring baths in Kinosaki Town. The Hayakawa Oyado offers luggage storage, and 1 parking space is available for every room, free of charge. The public hot spring baths are separated per gender, and offer free-use toiletries, lockers and slippers. There are several restaurants, cafes and supermarkets within a 5-minute walk from the property. The property is a 5-minute walk from Kinosaki Onsen Station. Guests can reach Higashiyama Park in 4 minutes on foot and Mihashira Shrine in 15 minutes on foot. Kinosaki Museum is a 6-minute drive from the property. Kounotori Tajima Airport is a 30-minute drive away.
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