Enjoy a Winter in Hyogo! 6 spots to experience light, snow and gourmet meals.
In Winter, a generous amount of snow covers the mountainous areas of Hyogo prefecture. Few people know that 70% of Japan’s land is covered by mountain ranges. The result is that Japan is host to the leading numbers of ski hills. This article will guide you to popular ski hills, winter light-up events, and gourmet foods you need to try when spending Winter in Hyogo.
One night & two days “deep” trip to go visit “hidden-gems” in Hyogo Prefecture
If you have already visited major tourist spots in Hyogo, why not start your trip from up-country region this time? This is the area packed with “hidden-gems” where you can feel culture nurtured by sceneries, life-styles and the climate in mountainous villages.
What’s more, add destinations such as “Ikuno Silver Mine”; a site getting popular as one of the World Heritage Sites and “Takeda Castle Ruins”; another site also getting famous on your destination list, and your trip will be even more fulfilling.
In Minami-Awaji Onsenkyo there are abundant six hot spring sources, so you can enjoy hot springs with different characteristics. Viewing the setting sun while you bathe in a hot spring is exceptional.
This is the largest hot springs town on Awaji Island. It once flourished as a castle town of Sumoto Castle. Large ryokan line the shoreline, allowing visitors an extensive view of faraway Osaka while they bathe in the open air baths and gaze at the sea.
The water of Ako Onsen has a high mineral content and is called "yomigaeri no yu," or "resurrection spring." The hot spring has an attractive location from which you can see the islands of the Seto Inland Sea and on a clear day you have a sweeping view of Shikoku.
Arima Onsen is a hot spring area less than 1 hour from Kobe and Osaka. Its streets are lined with longstanding ryokan, souvenir shops, temples and shrines, and you can enjoy the ambiance of a hot spring town here. There are several kinds of hot springs flowing. The reddish brown hot water is known as kinsen (golden spring) and the clear, colorless water is known as ginsen (silver spring).
Kinosaki Onsen Mikiya
There are approximately 200 three-story, wooden structures (about 80 of them ryokan) within Kinosaki Onsen, and they play an important role in creating the scenery of an atmospheric hot spring town.
Kinosaki Onsen How to get a public baths ticket
Overnight guests can enter the public baths free of charge using a public baths ticket available for free at the front desk. Those not spending the night in an inn must pay an entry fee. The entry fee is between ¥600 and ¥800 per visit (depending on the place). A one-day bathing ticket which can be used at all the public hot springs (sold at each public bath) is ¥1,200.