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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
      Situated just 19 km from Tobu Nikko Station, Tsuganoki offers accommodation in Nikko with access to an open-air bath, a terrace, as well as free shuttle service. This 3-star ryokan offers a 24-hour front desk and a lift. The accommodation features a hot spring bath, free WiFi throughout the property and family rooms. All units in the ryokan are fitted with a flat-screen TV. At the ryokan, every unit comes with a private bathroom with a bath. There is a coffee shop and lounge. The ryokan is located in a geothermal area, with a number of hot springs nearby for guests to relax in. A bicycle rental service is available at the ryokan. Nikko Station is 20 km from Tsuganoki, while Nikko Toshogu Shrine is 22 km from the property. The nearest airport is Fukushima Airport, 108 km from the accommodation.
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    • Sudomari Hotel Roman Tsutsuji
      Budget-friendly
      A 5-minute walk from Kinugawa Onsen Train Station, Sudomari Hotel Roman Tsutsuji features affordable Japanese-style rooms with a private bathroom, a microwave and a fridge. Itfs a 10-minute drive from amusement parks Edo Wonderland and Tobu World Square. Guests at Hotel Tsutsuji Sudomari can find activities nearby, such as rafting on a 5-minute walk, tennis in a 10-minute drive and golf within a 20-minute drive. At the front desk, discount tickets are available for hot springs and theme parks. Basic rooms feature a tatami (woven-straw) floor, a low table with seating cushions and traditional futon bedding. They are fitted with an LCD TV and a variety of amenities, including yukata robes, toiletries and complimentary green tea. The outdoor hot springs of Kinugawa Koen Iwaburo can be enjoyed a 5-minute drive away. Sudomari Hotel Roman Tsutsuji is a 30-minute drive from the Nikko Tosho-gu Shrin, the Nikko-zan Rin-noji Temple and Nikko Futarasan Shrine. No meals are served. The hotel is within a 5-minute walk from restaurants and shops. Also, free transfer service is available from some restaurants farther away.
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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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    • 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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    • Tabist Kinugawa Park Cottage
      Mid-range
      Offering views of Kinugawa Valley, Kinugawa Park Cottage provides adult only accommodation with free private parking. Free WiFi is available throughout the property. Kinugawaonsen Station is a 5-minute walk. All units at the holiday home feature air conditioning and a flat-screen TV. A fridge and kettle are also featured. A private bathroom is provided. At Kinugawa Park Cottage guests are welcome to take advantage of a hot spring bath. Guests can relax in the garden at the property. Nikko Toshogu Shrine is 30 minutes by car, while Kegon Falls is a 60-minute drive.
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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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    • 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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    • Ooedo Onsen Monogatari Kinugawa Kanko Hotel
      Mid-range
      Featuring 3-star accommodation, Ooedo Onsen Monogatari Kinugawa Kanko Hotel is located in Nikko, 20 km from Tobu Nikko Station and 21 km from Nikko Station. This ryokan provides free private parking and a 24-hour front desk. Guests also enjoy access to the sauna and hot spring bath, as well as the public bath and open-air bath. All units include a private bathroom and have air conditioning, a flat-screen TV and a fridge. Each unit is equipped with a safety deposit box and some rooms are equipped with river views. The ryokan is located in a geothermal area, with a number of hot springs nearby for guests to relax in. Guests can also relax in the shared lounge area. Nikko Toshogu Shrine is 24 km from the ryokan, while Kegon Falls is 40 km away. The nearest airport is Fukushima Airport, 107 km from Ooedo Onsen Monogatari Kinugawa Kanko Hotel.
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    • Ooedo Onsen Monogatari Hotel Kinugawa Gyoen
      Mid-range
      20 km from Tobu Nikko Station in Nikko, Ooedo Onsen Monogatari Hotel Kinugawa Gyoen offers accommodation with access to a sauna, hot spring bath and public bath. This 3-star ryokan offers a 24-hour front desk and a lift. The ryokan features rooms with air conditioning, free private parking and free WiFi. The units at the ryokan are fitted with a flat-screen TV and a safety deposit box. A fridge and kettle are also available. All units have a private bathroom, slippers and bed linen. A buffet breakfast is available each morning at the ryokan. The ryokan is located in a geothermal area, with a number of hot springs nearby for guests to relax in. You can play table tennis at Ooedo Onsen Monogatari Hotel Kinugawa Gyoen. Guests can also relax in the shared lounge area. Nikko Station is 21 km from the accommodation, while Nikko Toshogu Shrine is 24 km from the property. The nearest airport is Fukushima Airport, 107 km from Ooedo Onsen Monogatari Hotel Kinugawa Gyoen.
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