‘Arima onsen’ in Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture – One of Japan’s oldest hot spring resort
Since it is located near Kyoto and Nara, former capitals of Japan before Tokyo, Arima onsen had long been loved by the Imperial family, nobility and cultured people. From the description in the 8th century, down to the reference in the ‘Pillow Book’ written by ‘Sei Shonagon’ in the 11th century, then ‘Toyotomi Hideyoshi’, the de facto ruler of the day, frequented here in the 16th century to develop this place as a good hot spring resort.
Arima onsen, even though there are many onsens in Japan, features reddish brown thermal spring water called ‘kinsen’ as shown in the first picture. This unusual water is said to be good for muscular pain and skin disease.
Traditional streets run in the heart of this resort as shown in the second picture.
It is highly recommended to drop by here when you visit Kyoto or Nara to enjoy the traditional onsen.
[posted by Masahisa Takaki]
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