Stay at Kinugawa Onsen Hotel

Located not too far from central Nikko sits Kinugawa Onsen, a popular hot spring resort town for those looking for a relaxing and refreshing getaway. Sitting along the Kinugawa River the hot springs in Kinugawa Onsen are particularly special as they’re said to contain minerals that will boost and enhance your skin health and quality.

Stay at Kinugawa Onsen Hotel

If you do plan on visiting the area be sure to book yourself a few nights at the Kinugawa Onsen Hotel, one of the best and most welcoming accommodation options in the area. With both traditional Japanese and Western style rooms, and dining for both Western and Japanese tastes, there’s something for every type of traveller here at Kinugawa Onsen Hotel.

Stay at Kinugawa Onsen Hotel

The hotel features two large public baths and both indoor and outdoor facilities, with five types of baths available in each of the two public baths. The first bathing facility is the Keikoku-Yu, constructed mainly from exposed wood, its atmosphere is warm and inviting. The second style is the Stone Bath: Yuri which is a health focused room which also hosts five different types of baths, each with different properties. Men and women are able to access the bath and with access times rotating so it’s best to check the schedule before you pop in.

Stay at Kinugawa Onsen Hotel

Thanks to its central location and informed staff the hotel is the perfect place to set up base for anyone eager to check out the surrounding sights including the famous Toshogu shrine. Dedicated to Tokugawa Ieyasu, the shrine holds Ieyasu's remains and is recognized as one of the power spots of the northern Kanto area. Nearby also sits the famous Rinno-ji temple, Nikko’s oldest standing place of worship and home to a huge collection of volumes of recorded history that trace area’s story over the past 1,200 years.

Stay at Kinugawa Onsen Hotel

If you’re feeling more adventurous ask the staff about the Kinugawa River Cruise tours. Here visitors can immerse themselves in the beauty of the local ravine as skillful oarsmen steer the boat through the rapids. This opportunity runs during the warmer months from the middle of April until mid November. If you want to try steering yourself, try the NAOC Canyoneering. NAOC was the first company in Tochigi to introduce rafting and canyoneering as an exciting new way to explore the area. Beyond just battling the rapids, NAOC provides a variety of other outdoor activities, including canyoning, trekking, skiing, and snowboarding. To know more about what’s on offer in the area, speak to Kinugawa Onsen Hotel’s friendly and informed local staff.

Stay at Kinugawa Onsen Hotel

There are a number of ways to get to the hotel depending on your preferred mode of transport. If you’re coming by private car there is parking onsite for guests. If public transport is more your style you can take the Tobu Dial Bus which travels on a circuit connecting Kinugawa Onsen station to various ryokans and hotels throughout the area. Given that town bylaws prohibit the hotel from providing free shuttle services, this is your best option. Bus departure times correspond to the arrival times of limited express trains, but if you have any questions the staff at Kinugawa Onsen Station will be able to guide you in the right direction. Fares for the bus cost 190 yen for adults and 100 yen for children. Finally if you decide to nab a taxi, the trip to the hotel will take an easy seven minutes.

Facility Name
Rinnoji Homotsuden
Address
Tochigi Pref. Nikkoushi Sannai 2300 within Ring Oji temple
Phone
0288540531
Hours
Worship times [Apr.-Oct.] 8:00-17:00
[Nov.-Mar.] 8:00-16:00
Reception ends 30 minutes the closing gate
Closed
Irregular holidays
Fees
Treasure Hunter/Zhi Yuan Garden Admission fee ticket Adults 300 yen, small Junior High School Students 100 yen
Parking Lot
Available
Credit Card
No
Introduction
Nikkosan Rinnoji’s Homotsuden is next to the Sanbutsudo. This building houses approximately 30,000 temple treasures that represent Nikkozan’s more than 1,200-year history and the building contains many National Treasures, important cultural properties, and important works of art. In addition to the approximately 50 pieces that are always on display, visitors can also see paintings related to the Tokugawa family thanks to the cooperation of the Tokugawa Memorial Foundation. Visitors can also enter the Shoyoen Japanese garden located directly nearby.
Information Sources:
NAVITIME JAPAN
Facility Name
NAOC Rafting
Address
Tochigi Pref. Nikkoushi Kinugawaonsentaki 871-2
Phone
0288701181
Business hours
Set 845 minutes, twice a day of 1245 minutes (November 10 one-time)
Regular holiday
open everday (during the flooding, stormy weather at the time of suspended service, late November - early April closed)
Information Sources:
NAVITIME JAPAN

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