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Arima Onsen Taikounoyu Spa

Dip in to Japan's oldest onsen with 1300 years of history

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  • Discover the ancient streets of Kita-ku with a history spanning over 1400 years
  • Take a dip in the Arima Onsen's largest springs at the Taikou-no-yu spa
  • Travel conveniently to the onsen from Kobe just a short train ride away
  • Choose the Arima Onsen Taikou-no-yu admission only ticket, or choose the extra skin treatment and sauna zone package for added luxury

Most recent review

Highly recommended

Good onsen in Kobe. Near Osaka. Good for one day trip.

18 Jan 2019
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What to expect

At the base of a scenic valley, Arima Onsen, Japan's most famous hot spring town, lies deep in the north of the Rokko Mountain range behind Kobe city. It is the oldest onsen (hot spring) town in Japan, founded 1300 years ago. Since the days of old, it has been well known as a timeless spa resort where Emperors, court nobles, samurai, and other great minds visited. Furthermore, the town's classic Japanese architecture and its numerous historical temples, shrines, and houses have fortunately been well preserved and make a great place to stroll through some of Japan's oldest streets and to take a dip it some ancient hot springs at the fantastic Taikou-no-yu spa. With access from Kansai International Airport and Kyoto within two hours, Arima Onsen makes for a great day trip with convenient access to the nearby cities.

Japan Arima Onsen
The Arima Onsen is one of Japan's oldest with 1400 years of history
Japan Arima Onsen
Discover some of Japan's best onsens (hot springs)
Japan Arima Onsen
Select the package to suit you and treat yourself with some extra spa treatments
Japan Arima Onsen
Visit the darkish-red spa waters rich in iron content and a number of other health benefits
Japan Arima Onsen
The perfect experience to enjoy either with a loved one or with friends and family

Things to note

Insider Tips:

Golden Spring (Kinsen):
  • Make sure you visit the darkish-red spa waters rich in iron content. High in thermal insulation and moisturising effects
Silver Spring (Ginsen):
  • In direct contrast to Kinsen, the waters here are silky and clear
  • Health benefits include helping accelerate metabolism and stimulating one's appetit


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Activity Q&A

Q: Is there a time limit for the steam bath and stone sauna zone inside the onsen?

A: Yes. There is a 30 min time limit for this zone. You will be allowed to enter once for a 30 min session. If you would like to spend more time in this zone, you can extend the time limit by 10 min for JPY 310. You can extend up to 3 times for a maximum total time of 60 min inside the steam bath and stone sauna zone.

The normal opening hours for this zone are 10:00am-10:30pm (last admission at 10:00pm). The onsen is also closed on certain days for cleaning. Please check the official schedule to make sure the onsen is open before you visit. Arima Onsen Taikounoyu Spa's official website

Q: Can I wear a swimsuit in the onsen?

A: Swimsuits are not allowed. You are expected to bathe in the nude and only allowed a small towel inside the bathing facilities. In addition, guests with tattoos may be denied entry into the onsen due to local regulations.

Q: Are the bathing facilities gender-separated or is this a mixed bathing onsen?

A: This onsen has gender-separated bathing facilities.