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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

Kinugawa Onsen Koen Iwaburo

Hours: 10:00 to 21:00 (Admission until 20:30)
Closed: Tuesdays (or following day if Tue is a holiday), New Year holidays
Fee: 700 yen

Ratings:    best of the best    best of Japan    outstanding

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    • Asaya
      Luxury
      Boasting open-air natural spring baths that look out to the surrounding mountains, Asaya provides chic Japanese accommodation that displays flower arrangements throughout. A bus stop is located right in front of the property, and shuttle buses are available from Utsunomiya Train Station, an hour away, at an additional fee. Featuring a relaxing ambience, each room comes with a flat-screen TV, a telephone and a fridge. Asaya Hotelfs front desk is open 24 hours, and massages are available at an additional cost. Karaoke facilities and a gift shop are on site. Some of the hot spring baths can be reserved for private use for a fee. A tour to Edo Wonderland can be arranged upon request. The hotel is a 13-minute walk from Kinugawa Koen Train Station. Nikko Toshogu Shrine is a 40-minute drive away, and Edo Wonderland Nikko theme park is a 10-minute drive from the property. A buffet is served at one of the on-site restaurants. The dinner buffet serves about 80 various dishes ranging from Chinese, Japanese and Western meals, while the breakfast buffet provides about 60 variations, mainly Japanese and Western dishes.
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    • Tsuganoki
      Mid-range
      Featuring 3-star accommodation, Tsuganoki is situated in Nikko, 19 km from Tobu Nikko Station and 20 km from Nikko Station. With free WiFi, this 3-star ryokan has a shared lounge and a terrace. The accommodation features room service, a 24-hour front desk and luggage storage for guests. The rooms in the ryokan are fitted with a flat-screen TV. At Tsuganoki rooms have a private bathroom with a shower. Guests at the accommodation can enjoy an Asian breakfast. Tsuganoki offers 3-star accommodation with a hot spring bath. Nikko Toshogu Shrine is 22 km from the ryokan, while Kegon Falls is 39 km from the property. The nearest airport is Fukushima Airport, 108 km from Tsuganoki.
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    • Hotel Sunshine Kinugawa
      Luxury
      Hotel Sunshine Kinugawa is located next to Kinugawa River, just a 6-minute drive from Kinugawa Onsen Train Station. It features various entertainment facilities like karaoke and table tennis. Free WiFi is available in the lobby. Offering mountain views, all rooms are fitted with tatami (woven-straw) flooring and traditional futon bedding. In-room facilities include a flat-screen TV and a telephone. The private bathroom comes with a bathtub and a hairdryer. Guests staying at Kinugawa Sunshine Hotel can unwind in the public bathing area which has open-air baths and sauna. Massages can be requested at an additional charge. Drinks vending machines and a gift shop are also available on site. The hotel is situated just a 1-minute walk to Kinu-tateiwa Otsuribashi Bridge. Tobu World Square Amusement Park is a 4-minute drive away, while Edo Wonderland can be reached within a 10-minute drive.
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    • Hotel Ootaki
      Mid-range
      Surrounded by lush nature, Hotel Ootaki features a garden and Japanese-style rooms with a private bathroom. Itfs a 15-minute walk from Tobu Kinugawa Onsen Station. The Ootaki Hotel is a 10-minute drive from theme park Tobu World Square, and a 15-minute drive from historical theme park Nikko Edo Mura. Edelweiss Ski Resort is a 45-minute drive. Guests can relax in indoor and outdoor hot spring baths with nature views at Ootakifs sister hotel, to/from which a free shuttle service is available. Hotel Ootakifs facilities include drinks vending machines and free parking. Rooms feature a tatami (woven-straw) floor and Japanese futon bedding. They are fitted with a seating area with a table and chairs, an LCD TV and a fridge. A safe and yukata robes are provided. The attached bathroom comes with a bathtub and toiletries. Meals can be requested at check-in. A buffet with Japanese and Western dishes is available at its sister hotel a few minutesf drive with the free shuttle.
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    • Hotel Manyotei
      Mid-range
      Featuring free WiFi and a hot spring bath, Hotel Manyotei offers accommodation in Nikko, 12 km from Nikko Tosho-gu Shrine. Free private parking is available on site. Every room is fitted with a flat-screen TV. Some rooms have a seating area for your convenience. Certain rooms feature views of the mountains or river. You will find a shared lounge and shops at the property. You can play table tennis at the hotel. Nikko Toshogu Shrine is 12 km from Hotel Manyotei, while Nikk?-kokuritsu-k?en is 12 km from the property.
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    • Kinugawa Hotel Mikazuki
      Luxury
      Set in Nikko, 24 km from Nikko Toshogu Shrine, Kinugawa Onsen Nikko Kinugawa Hotel Mikazuki offers accommodation with a restaurant, private parking, a bar and a garden. This 4-star ryokan offers a 24-hour front desk, room service and free WiFi. The ryokan features family rooms. All guest rooms in the ryokan are equipped with a flat-screen TV. The units at Kinugawa Onsen Nikko Kinugawa Hotel Mikazuki feature air conditioning and a wardrobe. Guests at the accommodation can enjoy a continental or a buffet breakfast. The wellness area at Kinugawa Onsen Nikko Kinugawa Hotel Mikazuki is comprised of a hot spring bath and a sauna. Kegon Falls is 40 km from the ryokan, while Rinno-ji Temple is 24 km away. The nearest airport is Fukushima Airport, 114 km from Kinugawa Onsen Nikko Kinugawa Hotel Mikazuki
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    • Ooedo-Onsen Monogatari Kinugawa Kanko Hotel
      Mid-range
      Located in Nikko, 20 km from Tobu Nikko Station, Ooedo-Onsen Monogatari Kinugawa Kanko Hotel provides accommodation with a shared lounge, free private parking and a bar. This 3-star ryokan offers luggage storage space. The ryokan features a sauna and a 24-hour front desk. At the ryokan, each room is equipped with air conditioning and a flat-screen TV. Guests at Ooedo-Onsen Monogatari Kinugawa Kanko Hotel can enjoy a buffet breakfast. The accommodation offers 3-star accommodation with a hot spring bath. Nikko Station is 21 km from Ooedo-Onsen Monogatari Kinugawa Kanko Hotel, while Nikko Toshogu Shrine is 24 km away. The nearest airport is Fukushima Airport, 107 km from the ryokan.
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    • Monogusa no Yado Hanasenkyo
      Mid-range
      Situated in Nikko, 20 km from Nikk?-kokuritsu-k?en, Monogusa no Yado Hanasenkyo has a terrace. The property is set 24 km from Nikko Toshogu Shrine. The property features a children's playground and a 24-hour front desk. A buffet breakfast is available every morning at the ryokan. Dinner features Japanese-style cuisine with ingredients including pork. Monogusa no Yado Hanasenkyo offers a range of wellness facilities including a hot spring bath and a sauna. You can play table tennis at the accommodation. Kegon Falls is 40 km from Monogusa no Yado Hanasenkyo, while Rinno-ji Temple is 24 km from the property.
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    • Ooedo-Onsen Monogatari Hotel Kinugawa Gyoen
      Mid-range
      Situated in Nikko, 20 km from Tobu Nikko Station, Ooedo-Onsen Monogatari Hotel Kinugawa Gyoen features accommodation with a shared lounge, free private parking, a restaurant and a bar. This 3-star ryokan offers room service, a 24-hour front desk and free WiFi. The accommodation offers a sauna, evening entertainment and family rooms. A buffet, continental or Asian breakfast can be enjoyed at the property. The ryokan offers 3-star accommodation with a hot spring bath. You can play table tennis at this 3-star ryokan. Nikko Station is 21 km from Ooedo-Onsen Monogatari Hotel Kinugawa Gyoen, while Nikko Toshogu Shrine is 24 km from the property. The nearest airport is Fukushima Airport, 107 km from the accommodation.
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    • Kinugawa Plaza Hotel
      Mid-range
      Overlooking the Kinugawa River and forested mountains, Plaza Hotel offers natural hot-spring baths beside canopies of green. Traditional Kaiseki dinners, a gGanbanyokuh hot-rock spa and a summertime outdoor pool are featured. Guests at Kinugawa Plaza Hotel sleep in traditional futon bedding on a tatami (woven-straw) floor. Each air-conditioned room has a zen decor, with seating areas beside the window and the LCD TV. An en suite bathroom is included. A 20-minute walk from Kinugawa-Onsen Train Station, the hotel is 3.5 km to Tobu World Square and 6 km to Edo Wonderland historical village theme park. Indoor & open-air baths as well as a hot-spring footbath are available, and some hot-spring baths can be reserved for private use. You can further relax in the sauna, enjoy billiards or ping-pong, or shout out some tunes at karaoke. Free-use internet PCs are provided. A Japanese/Western buffet breakfast is served, and dinner is multiple courses of seasonal specialities made with fresh local ingredients.
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