Kin no Yu - Arima Onsen
Kin no Yu - Arima Onsen Reviews
Arima Onsen Jul 30, 2009
Having just finished a hike all day it was great to finish up at Arima Onsen. Arima Onsen is the oldest hotdping in japan dating back to the year 631 and were made famous when the 34th and 36th Emperor of Japan came to bathe, other historical people like Toyotomi Hideyoshi who unified Japan has also bathed here.
Arima hotspings has 2 kinds of springs, one is called the Kinsen which is a reddy brown colour which is very good for your health. The colouring comes from its iron and salt contained in the water.
You can experience this kind of hoitspring at the Kin no yu, a public bathfor 650 yen plus another 200 yen for a washer to wash your body.
The temperature of the water in the 2 baths are 42 and 44 degress. A little to hot forme in the Summer.
The other type of hotspring is the ginsen onsen, which contains radium and carbonate. The water of the ginsen is clear. You can experience this type of hotspring at gin no yu, 550 yen unfortunately I didn't have enough time to experience this hotspring.
Arima is a pretty village which features many traditional ryokans(Japanese Hotel) which all ahve their own hotsprings . These are a lot more beautiful than the public hotsprings.
These ryokans though cost around $200-$300 a night with 2 meals. They serve kaiseki course featuring seasonal local ingredients.
Arima is a nice little town and is probably well worth staying at one of the ryokans as most people who visit Japan usually stay in one at least one night to experience the traditional culture at staying in a Japanese style hotel
Part of the The first Osakan meet up travel blog
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