Arima Onsen is one of the three oldest hot springs in Japan along with Dogo and Shirahama

“Arima Onsen” is a traditional hot spring resort that has been familiar to people since ancient times in Japan, when there was no technology to dig up soil.

In this article, we will introduce you to Arima Onsen.

The location and attractions are listed here for your reference.

We also briefly introduce recommended ryokan (Japanese inns) from among the many lodging facilities, as well as attractions in the area.

Location of Arima Onsen

Arima Onsen
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Arima Onsen is one of the three oldest hot springs in Japan along with Dogo and Shirahama, one of the three best springs in Japan according to Rin Razan, and one of the three best springs in The Pillow Book.

Arima Onsen is one of the oldest hot springs in Japan and was visited many times by the great historical figure Toyotomi Hideyoshi 1,300 years ago.

By train, it takes about one hour from JR Osaka Station and about 30 minutes from Hankyu, Subway, or Kobe Express Sannomiya Station.

In the surrounding area, there are many facilities where you can enjoy souvenirs, gourmet food, and sightseeing to make your hot spring tour more comfortable.

The charm of Arima Onsen

Golden Spring
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Arima Onsen is a rare hot spring in the world that contains seven components: simple hot spring, carbon dioxide hot spring, bicarbonate hot spring, chloride hot spring, sulfate hot spring, and iron-containing hot spring, which are designated as therapeutic hot springs according to the guidelines of the Ministry of the Environment.

Arima Onsen also has seven different types of onsen that contain such rich ingredients: Tenjin, Gokuraku, Gosho, Ariake, Uwanari, Taikoh, and Carbonic acid onsen.

In addition, there are two public baths, Kin-no-yu and Gin-no-yu, which can be used on a day trip, and a free footbath next to Kin-no-yu.

Recommended inns in Arima Onsen

There are many onsen ryokan in Arima Onsen.
There are many onsen ryokans in Arima Onsen, all of which offer a great way to enjoy Arima Onsen, but it can be difficult to choose the right one for you.

Here, I will introduce three of the most recommended onsen ryokan in Arima Onsen.

Arima Grand Hotel

Arima Grand Hotel
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The Arima Grand Hotel is a classical hotel where you can rest and relax with two different types of hot springs (gold and silver) and an expansive view.

The Arima Grand Hotel is located on the top floor of the 9th floor, where you can enjoy the view of Arima Onsen town from the “Unkai” bath.

Heie Koyo-kaku

Hyoue Koyo-kaku
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The “Hyoue Koyo Pavilion” was named after Toyotomi Hideyoshi, who inherited the tradition and prestige of the hotel over 700 years ago.

The hotel offers three different types of large baths, each with its own unique flavor, and kaiseki cuisine using seasonal ingredients.

Arima Onsen Kinzan

Arima Onsen Kinzan
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Arima Onsen Kinzan is a hot spring inn where you can luxuriate in both kaiseki cuisine and hot spring baths with all five senses.

Enjoy the refined modern classical atmosphere and the best hospitality and service.

What to see around Arima Onsen

Things to do around Arima Onsen
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The surrounding area is dotted with an abundance of accommodations, restaurants, souvenir shops, and sightseeing spots.

Particular sightseeing spots include Arima Inari Shrine, famous for its fist flowers, Yusen Shrine, where Arima is believed to have been first discovered, and Nenbutsuji Temple, called “Sara-juen” because of its beautiful garden.

The only remaining geiko café and bar in Hyogo Prefecture, known as “Ito”, is a quirky café where you can watch the traditional arts being passed down from generation to generation.

Arima Onsen Information and Summary

Facility Name Arima Onsen
Address 790-3, Arima-cho, Kita-ku, Kobe-shi, Hyogo
Phone number 078-904-0708
Approximate budget Approximately 5,000 yen~10,000 yen per person
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What did you think? In this article, I have introduced Arima Onsen.

Arima Onsen is a hot spring that received the highest ranking in the Edo period.

There are many reasons why Arima Onsen has been popular since ancient times, and why it is still popular today.

Please take this opportunity to visit Arima Onsen.