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Kinugawa Onsen is a popular hot spring destination near Nikko in Tochigi Prefecture. The clear, mild waters that flow from the area's hot springs have been in use since the Edo Period (1603-1867), and can be experienced at Kinugawa Onsen's ryokan and public baths.

Most visitors to Kinugawa Onsen overnight at one of the large hotel ryokan overlooking the Kinugawa River. Each of the ryokan has its own baths, some of which are open to non-staying guests during daytime. Additionally, there are several public baths that are open to anybody. A few free ashiyu (foot baths) can also be found around Kinugawa Onsen.

Additional hot springs can be found in nearby Kawaji Onsen farther up the river, as well as in Yunishigawa Onsen and Okukinu Onsen, two rustic hot spring destinations in remote side valleys.

Selected public baths:

Yudokoro Suzukaze

Hours: 12:00 to 20:00 (from 10:00 on weekends and national holidays)
Closed: Wednesdays (or following day if Wednesday is a national holiday)
Fee: 900 yen
Located about a 15 minute walk from Nikko Edomura, Yudokoro Suzukaze features nice outdoor baths overlooking a wooded area and the Kinugawa River. This onsen has hot and cold baths, and a sauna available, in addition to a restaurant and rest areas.

Kinugawa Onsen Koen Iwaburo

Hours: 10:00 to 21:00 (Admission until 20:30)
Closed: Tuesdays (or following day if Tuesday is a national holiday), New Year holidays
Fee: 500 yen
Kinugawa Onsen Koen Iwaburo is a recently renovated public bath with new, stone lined outdoor baths. The bathhouse is conveniently located a short walk from Kinugawa Koen Station.

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Page last updated: August 12, 2014