Kinosaki Onsen and Village
Kinosaki Onsen offers up a quintessential Japanese hot spring
experience. The village itself is famous for not one, but seven hot springs that you can soak in, one after another. The waters of Kouno-yu springs are believed to bring a happy marriage while Mandara-yu is said to bring prosperity. Cover all your karmic bases with a day pass and hot-spring-hop to your heart’s desire. Between soaks, explore the willow-lined village, admiring the traditional houses, shops, and restaurants. Wearing a yukata
—a casual kimono—is recommended, plus it adds to the surreal, back-in-time feel. (Most traditional ryokan
hotels provide yukatas
for guests, or you can rent one in town.) Legend has it that the first hot spring appeared the area in the 8th century after a Buddhist priest prayed for the health of the local people for 1000 days. After a relaxing soak in these healing waters, we suspect you’ll be on the way to some enlightenment of your own.