Arima Onsen in Hyogo Prefecture is said to be the oldest onsen (hot springs) town in Japan, with a history that dates back more than 1,000 years.
While the area is small, extending out about a kilometer from the actual resort area, there are a number of hot spring inns and shops in Arima. The hilly main street known as Yumotozaka is lined on both sides with souvenir shops and other stores. If you explore the alleyways from the side you will also find many hidden gems, too.
The appeal of Arima Onsen is the number of special hot springs here. There are also winding hill roads that overlap across the hot spring town. No matter how many times you visit, you’ll always find somewhere new.
Arima Onsen has great access from anywhere within Kansai, including Osaka and Kyoto.
You can enjoy a day trip there, but you can fully experience the charms of Arima if you stay one or two nights. We’ll go in-depth about Arima Onsen, covering day trips, cafe visits, and shopping!
To get to Arima Onsen, we recommend taking a highway bus. There is direct access from Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe and Universal Studios Japan via either the Hankyu or JR bus services. They are have similar prices and take about the same time to get to Arima Onsen.
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