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iJapan Trip June 2013 - Kinosaki Onsenn/a    Readers' selection (2013-08-18)

Hello there, thanks for reading my blog!

Today I'm going to share pictures from my Japan trip back in June 2013. Well, I've been busy lately so apologise for the late post. Unlike my previous posts where I did a day-by-day version, I've decided to go with a focus on a specific place now. This is mainly because most of my trip is a revisit which I have already covered on my previous blog posts.

I love going to onsens in Japan and had planned to visit at least an onsen area during my trips. I am not too sure of it myself why is it so captivating to visit onsens even though they are just the same concept everywhere.

I guess this may simply be just a personal preference I guess? I <3 onsen anyway!

For my trip in April, I went to Kusatsu and Ikaho in Gunma and for my trip in June, I went to Arima and Kinosaki in Hyogo. Unfortunately, time was very limited in Arima and plus the heavy rain, it was very hard to take good photos. I wished I had more time at Arima though, but my priority was Kinosaki.


Kinosaki Onsen「城之崎温泉」

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Kinosaki is a beautiful onsen town located in the northern Hyogo prefecture in the city of Toyooka and probably is famous for the lines of willow trees along the main river of the town center.

I chose to visit Kinosaki as I read that it was a traditional rustic onsen town. Indeed after the trip, it was really true. Unlike many popular onsen towns which has been urbanized with huge hotspring and hotel facilities, Kinosaki still manage to retain the pleasant charming state of the old traditional buildings and ryokan. It gave me a more authentic Japanese feel than other onsen towns.

I bought the JR Kansai WIDE area pass which costs 7000 yen and gives you unlimited rides on JR West lines for 4 days. It's very worthwhile to buy that pass since the one way trip to Kinosaki from Kansai Airport is already 8.5k+ yen lol so it basically pay itself on my first trip, and "free" for the rest of the 3 days which I used to visit Kobe, Kyoto and Osaka.

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As I started my journey at Kansai Airport, it was a simple ride as I only took JR Haruka LTD EXP from airport to Shin-Osaka and then change to JR Kounotori LTD EXP for a direct ride to Kinosaki Onsen station.

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My Kounotori ride was scheduled around 10am~ so great timing to pick up an ekiben for lunch!

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This train was much better than the one I took to Kusatsu back in April. Cool designed toilets, clean and bright windows, what a great difference from the LTD EXP Kusatsu =.=

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Views from my train window. Kinosaki is close to the Sea of Japan.

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Kinosaki! That area is also known for the oriental stork I believe. The train, Kounotori was named after the oriental stork.

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Hotspring drinking water, which was unfortunately not available.

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Some sights along the way to my ryokan.

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Popped by a dessert shop and decided to take a break since I had the whole day to spend here after checking into the ryokan.

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Only ate the soft serve even though the cakes were tempting me since I just had my ekiben lunch awhile ago.

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Onwards to the street exploring now!

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Gen-san is the city mascot of Toyooka and he's so cute!! He's one of my favourite city mascot. I mean look at him, he's an ojisan lol.

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Nice sitting area outside Family Mart, the umbrella really complements the traditional town.

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Kinosaki is also famous for their crab cuisines.

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Went into a cafe to have more desserts again!

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I really liked the atmosphere of this kissa, very rustic feeling.

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Notice the paper cutting of the food on the side? OMG so cute!!

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More examples! So intersting to see how they used paper craft to make the food images instead of the usual photos.

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Decided to go with shaved ice since I had never tried Japanese's famous shaved ice.

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This is Melon Shaved Ice, looks great and taste great!

Thereafter, I rented a bike and cycled around the town.

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I met an obasan here who started talking to me. I'm not very good in conversation so she did most of the talking. She was impressed that I all the way here (foreign tourist must be rare here). I was cycling around aimlessly, just intending to take a look around so she guided me to go where, and how to make my way back. What a nice lady.

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I didn't know there was an Oedo Onsen Monogatari here, it was far from the town center though. This one was huge! Much larger than the one in Tokyo.

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Gen-san is everywhere~!

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Returned to my ryokan to rest before heading out for the next activity, onsen hopping!

Ryokans here provide yukatas for guests to wear and since it was close to summer, almost everyone was walking around the town in yukata. I was initially given the traditional Japanese clogs to wear but it was very difficult to walk as I had never wore those before and I had difficulty maintaining my balance. Luckily the ryokan staff gave me an easier clog after seeing my predicament. =.=

The ryokan I was staying also provided a free 1 day onsen pass.

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Onsen-hopping
No.1 Mandarayu


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No.2 Goshonoyu

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No.3 Ichinoyu
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Last picture!
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Well, that's the story of my 1 overnight trip at Kinosaki! I truly loved that place, probably being a weekday when I went there, it was quiet, peaceful and the whole town setting was beautiful. Thanks for reading my blog!
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01 year agoanimattanimatt
What a delightful little town. Thanks so much for sharing!

I *really* liked this image: (ext link) ...very picturesque ^_^
01 year ago (1 year ago)secretly-otakusecretly-otaku
Yay! Great to know you still have pictures to share of your trip! So glad I subscribed to your blog xD. BTW, some of your pictures really reminded me of Ano Natsu de Matteru, where the characters walk these long distances back and forward and you can see green mountains and the river in the back. So different from the city!
01 year agoLunarSignLunarSign
LovelyIdiot (1 year ago) #1678057Wooow I'm so jealous of you right now!
I've been to Japan but never got to try an onsen because I travelled with people from school and no body but me wanted to try, so I was outvoted, sob sob.
I assume you had to take a shower or at least wash yourself with water every time before you entered a new onsen, even though you took a shower at a previous onsen an hour ago or something?


Yes, I do that. For the first onsen I did a through wash then on subsequent onsens I simply just used water to shower only.
01 year agoLovelyIdiotLovelyIdiot
Wooow I'm so jealous of you right now!

I've been to Japan but never got to try an onsen because I travelled with people from school and no body but me wanted to try, so I was outvoted, sob sob.

I assume you had to take a shower or at least wash yourself with water every time before you entered a new onsen, even though you took a shower at a previous onsen an hour ago or something?
01 year agokhattkhatt
Thank you for sharing your travel pics. As others have said, I enjoy it when people post these too. Kinosaki is a lovely town...I especially love those evening pics of the willows and the lamplit river.
01 year agoChibiZeeChibiZee
Lovely photos, I felt like I was there myself! :D
01 year agoKuronekoKuroneko
I love how yours photos are always so fresh and make me feel in Japan <3
01 year agopoppitpoppit
Zee_Van_Only (1 year ago) #1676880Love these types of entries :)
Me too! I love seeing people's adventures in Japan and this post is no exception. That town looks beautiful, would love to visit :)
01 year agominimonileeminimonilee
Thanks for making me hungry again xD japan has lots of yummy stuff (*__*) and your pictures are beautiful :D haha the shops and streets always reminds me of some anime xD I wonder why?^^
01 year agomaraiatorimaraiatori
Lovely pictures!
I love these Japan trip diaries. They're so fun to read c:

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