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.|