Arima Onsen Hot Springs Resort located in Mt. Rokko’s Gorges. It is relatively cooler in summer than downtown Osaka and Kobe, and is also known as a summer resort. On the other hand, winter is severe cold and sometimes snow is piled up. Such Arima Onsen is famous nationwide as a cherry blossoms and autumn leaves, and spring and autumn can be said to be the best season for sightseeing in particular. It is recommended that you can enjoy the full-fledged hot spring area with seasonal scenery.
Arima Onsen has a large number of people enjoying sightseeing mainly in the hot spring area including “Kinsen” and “Ginsen”, which are famous hot spring sources. In addition to enjoying a hot-water tour, you can enjoy the leisurely atmosphere of cafes and souvenir shops that make use of the traditional atmosphere of the building. In addition, there is also an area with “Zuihoji Park” which is one of the most famous autumn leaves in Kansai, which is also known for the “Arima Tea Party”.
Speaking of local gourmets famous for Arima Onsen, “Tansan Senbei” (soda rice crackers). There are many Tansan Senbei shops that are carefully baked one by one, and you can taste the freshly made things. Another popular croquette is a long-established butcher that will last for over 80 years. There are also many tourists who eat and walk around the spa town. Besides, it is also popular for example, steamed Onsen-manju (a bun stuffed with azuki-bean paste) that seems to be a hot spring resort.
Souvenirs from Arima Onsen are the popular Tansan Senbei and Onsen-manju, as well as cider and cosmetics made from Arima Onsen. Cosmetics come in various types such as lotion mist and hand cream, and they are pretty popular with women in appearance such as retro packages. Besides, “Arima-fude” (pen) is also popular as a traditional craft interior.
Speaking of Arima Onsen, Kinsen is a hot spring that you should definitely experience. Among the Kinsen, the most popular bathing facility is “Kin no Yu”. The building is a renovated old public bath, and there is a free-use footbath and a fountain in the space next to the entrance. Kinsen is transparent at the outskirts, but when it is exposed to air, the iron is oxidized and browned. Because there are hot water and warm water, even people who are not good at hot water are safe. It is effective for neuralgia and muscle aches, and many people visit on weekdays. Please be aware that the weekend is particularly crowded.
The source of Arima hot spring, along with Kinsen, is famous as “Ginsen”, which is a carbon dioxide / radium spring. “Ginnoyu” is a Kobe municipal managed hot spring that you can enjoy the Ginsen. Because the ceiling is high and the outside light is taken in, there is a feeling of liberation. It is a sister facility of “Kin no Yu”, but it has effects on skin diseases and coldness as well as neuralgia and myalgia. Come on both and experience the difference between Kinsen and Ginsen.
Arima Onsen Hot Springs Resort in Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture, is the hot spring resort which can go in a little less than 1 hour by the train or bus from Kobe or Osaka. Due to its location, it has been loved by many people since ancient times as the annex of Kansai region. The history of Arima Onsen is old, and the discovery of fountain dates goes far back to the age of the gods, and is called “the three most oldest hot springs of Japan” together with Dogo Onsen, Shirahama Onsen.
In the “Nihonshoki” (Chronicles of Japan), it is being described that Emperor Jomei of those days visited to this hot springs. Since then, it is said that many powerful people and famous people such as Michinaga Fujiwara and Hideyoshi Toyotomi visited to the hot-spring cure.
The long-established hotel, the souvenir shop, and the hot spring resort where a temple is built and located in a line are carrying out appearance which is full of the emotion carried out gently. They make us feel the history of Arima, which has been familiar to people for 1400 years.
In the Arima hot-spring town, there are constant sources of hot springs blowing up steams here and there, several types of them are springing up. The red-brown hot water is called “gold spring”, and the colorless and transparent hot water is called “silver spring”. Here, you can enjoy the hot spring emotion relaxedly with various hot water with different spring quality and effect.
For spring Arima, the inside of towns, such as Onsenji Temple and roadside cherry trees along Arimagawa River, are dyed pink. Recommendation is Shidare cherry (a variety of cherry tree with drooping branches) over 200 years in Zenpukuji Temple. Lighting is also performed at night and a beautiful nocturnal view of cherry blossoms can also be enjoyed.
When the sun goes down, you can also see the night view of Kobe which is said to be “The Ten Million Dollars Night View”. From Arima Onsen Hot Springs Resort, it takes about 40 minutes by train and bus to the downtown of Kobe and 1 hour to Osaka. After sightseeing in the Kansai area, how about enjoying hot springs at Arima at night?
|Name:||Arima Onsen Hot Springs Resort|
|Address:||Arimacho 790-3 Kobe Kita-ku, Hyogo 651-1401 Japan|
|Access:||JR Tokaido-honsen Line “Sannomiya-eki Station” (30 minutes by bus)|
|Tel:||(+81) 78-904-0708 (Arima Hot Springs Tourism Association)|
|Price/Charge:||Please refer the official web page.|