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Arima hot spring resort

Arima onsenArima hot spring resort ("Arima-onsen" in Japanese) is on the northern side of Mount Rokko.
It is located about 15 km north-northeast of central Kobe.

This resort is in the Kobe city administrative area, but it is on the steep slope in the valley.
There are a few dozen of large ryokans and hotels within about 1 kilometers, and narrow streets run in the town.

This hot spring was opened in the ancient times.
According to Japan's oldest history book, written in the 8th century, Emperor Jomei stayed here for three months in 631.
Hideyoshi Toyotomi, the feudal warlord who united Japan in the late 16th century, visited here many times.
In the popular hot spring ranking list made in the 19th century, Arima hot spring was ranked the top of western Japan.

There are two types of the springing hot waters in Arima.
One is "Kinsen" (Golden spring). It contains salt and iron, so the color is brown.
Another is "Ginsen" (Silver spring). The water is clear, but it contains radium and carbonic acid.
Of course, both waters contain other various components.

There are two public bathhouses in the resort town.
"Kin-no-yu" has the bathes with Kinsen water. By the entrance, a free footbath is set up.
"Gin-no-yu" has the bathes with Ginsen water.

Arima Hot Springs Tourism Association official website

How to get to here

By railroad

Get off at Arima-onsen terminal station on Kobe Dentetsu Line.
The train starts from Shinkaichi station on Kobe Kosoku Line, but there is few trains for Arima-onsen.
Change to the train to Arima-onsen at Arimaguchi station.

By Expressbus

About 51 minutes from Shin-Osaka station, about 60-62 minutes from Osaka station.
About 35 minutes from Shin-Kobe station, about 40 minutes from San'nomiya station.

By Ropeway

From Mount Rokko, about 12 minutes by Rokko Arima Ropeway.

Rokko Arima Ropeway
© Kobe Convention & Visitors Association/© JNTO
River park in the resort
Onsenji temple
Kinsen Ginsen
Kin-no-yu Gin-no-yu
Footbath by Kin-no-yu
© Kobe Convention & Visitors Association/© JNTO
Arima-onsen in the evening
© Kobe Convention & Visitors Association/© JNTO

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