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Kinugawa Onsen

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Area: Nikko
Category: City Town Local > Onsen

Kinugawa Onsen (鬼怒川温泉) is Onsen Town located in Nikko, Tochigi. Kinugawa Onsen is one of the major Onsen Town in Kanto beside Hakone Onsen in Kanagawa. The town is developed by the side of Kinu river and there are many natures and beautiful valley, Ryuo Valley. Kinugawa Onsen has many Onsen Hotels and around the town, there are also many tourist attractions, such as Edomura, Tobu World Squire, Sarugundan and more. Because it is located near from Niko Shrines and Temples, many people visit here and enjoy Onsen after their sightseeing.

Tourist Info.
There is several free hand and feet Onsen.

0. at Tobu Nikko
1. use Tobu Nikko Line to Shimo Imaichi(8 min.)
2. use Tobu Kinugawa Line to Kinugawa Onsen (20 min.)

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Access to Nikko Area

Nikko (日光)
-by train
0. at Asakusa Station
1. use Tobu Line to Nikko (2 hrs.)

-by car
0. use Tohoku expressway from Kawaguchi to Utsunomiya
1. change to Nikko express way to Nikko

Map around Kinugawa Onsen

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Detailed Travel Guide for Kinugawa Onsen

Originally, Kinugawa Onsen was called Taki Onsen. It was found in 1752 on the westside of Kinu river and because it was in the territory of Nikko Temples, only Monks were allow to use Onsen. In the Meiji Era Taki Onsen was open for public and they found another Onsen on the eastside of Kinu river. Around the beginning of Showa Era, people start combining two Onsen and call them Kinugawa Onsen.

There are many Onsen Hotels which open their Onsen for travelers. There is also a public Onsen, which cost 500 yen, and many free Ashi-yu and Te-yu, food and hand Onsen.

Nature of Kinu river is very beautiful, especially, Ryuo Valley has great hiking course with waterfalls. In Fall, you can enjoy beautiful Autumn leaves. Also, Kinugawa Onsei is surrounded by the mountain, you can enjoy great hiking and even it has the Ropeway to reach the top of mountain.
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