Kinosaki is a historic town along the Maruyama River in Hyogo Prefecture, just north of Toyooka City. Known for its onsens, or hot springs, residents and travelers to the town have been soaking in the springs since the year 720 A.D.
Kinosaki’s seven public onsens, unlike many others throughout Japan, are tattoo-friendly, which means that travelers with tattoos that cannot be hidden won’t be denied entry to the springs.
This picturesque town is perfect for visits throughout the year, but is especially beautiful in the winter, when a layer of soft snow covers the tiles roofs and cobblestone streets. Visitors can enjoy skiing and snowshoeing, or hiking along the Ropeway Hiking Course, which includes a stop where hikers can view the valley below.
As a town with a historic past, there’s no limit to cultural and historical experiences in Kinosaki, too. Tea ceremonies, meditation, calligraphy workshops and a stop to Osenji Temple are a must for travelers who’d like to immerse themselves in Japanese culture.
The immersion goes even further at the Nishimuraya Honkan, where guests can stay in a traditional ryokan-style property, with an indoor and outdoor onsen for guests to enjoy, as well as a peaceful Japanese garden.