Nestled within the picturesque landscapes of Japan's Tochigi Prefecture, Kinugawa Onsen stands as a testament to the timeless allure of traditional Japanese hot spring culture, and booking a stay at one of our selected Kinugawa Onsen hotels is the perfect way to explore this beautiful and wellness promoting region of Japan. With its serene atmosphere, soothing thermal baths and beautiful unspoilt surrounding countryside, a stay at a Nikko Kinugawa Onsen hotel offers visitors a rejuvenating escape from the bustle of modern life. So, let’s get into the essence of Kinugawa Onsen, and find the best place to stay here and in Nikko Japan for an unforgettable experience when travelling Japan with Secret Retreats for you and your family.

Located in the valley of the Kinugawa River, Kinugawa Onsen's history dates back over a thousand years, with its origins steeped in legend and myth. It is said that the healing powers of its thermal waters were discovered by an injured warrior who stumbled upon the Kinugawa hot spring after a battle and healed his battle-weary wounded body by bathing in the waters of the hot springs at what is now known as Kinugawa Onsen. Since then, the Kinugawa hotels located here have attracted locals and travelers alike, seeking not only physical rejuvenation and wellness from the region’s natural hot springs, but also a spiritual connection with nature as Kinugawa Onsen and nearby Nikko are blessed with being immersed in stunning natural scenery.

Hotels in Kinugawa:

Kinugawa Kanaya Hotel

Kinugawa Kanaya Hotel

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Hotels in Nikko Tochigi - Where Luxury and Tradition Combine

A range of hotels in Nikko Tochigi dot the countryside spanning around the river valleys of the Kinugawa River and the Daiya River, offering visitors various options for the best places to stay in and around Nikko. Located about 30minutes south of Kinugawa Onsen, the city of Nikko makes for great place to stay too when visiting this region. Attracting tourists year-round, autumn is a popular time for Japanese tourists, as the changing colours of Nikko’s forests and woodland at this time of year make for a breathtaking sight. The Japanese truly appreciate and cherish their country’s natural beauty, forest bathing for example has become a popular way to relax and both Nikko and Kinugawa Onsen are great places for this wellness activity. Forest bathing is as simple as taking a walk into the forest. A kind of meditation, you find a quiet spot and just sit or lie down and passively listen to the forest, let its sights, sounds, light, and scents wash over you and take you away from the stresses of your modern life. The region around Nikko and Kinugawa Onsen is blessed with natural beauty, and has been so appreciated over 1000s of years by the Japanese that it is also home to many ancient Shinto shrines which are all well worth a visit. Many of the hotels here provide traditional Japanese-style rooms complete with tatami flooring and futon bedding. The Kinugawa Kanaya Hotel is a prime example, offering a blend of modern amenities and traditional charm with a choice of western style guest rooms and more traditional Japanese style rooms too. A doyen of the Kinugawa Onsen hotels and renowned for its world class hospitality steeped in old world charm, guests at Kanaya Kinugawa can luxuriate in spacious onsens (hot spring baths, thermal baths) both private in-room and traditional communal baths, and dine in the hotel’s excellent restaurant, all while enjoying the scenic views of the surrounding nature.

For an authentic Japanese experience, ask the Secret Retreats team about booking a stay in the best ryokan in Nikko to suit your plans and budget. These traditional inns offer a glimpse into Japanese culture through their architecture, meals, and uniquely Japanese hospitality. You'll often be greeted with a hot cup of tea, and a yukata (casual kimono) will be provided to you to wear during your stay. A Kinugawa ryokan is also a great choice for folks looking for a very traditional experience when staying in Kinugawa Onsen. Where traditionally onsen bathing in Japan is a communal experience, some accommodations provide a private onsen, allowing guests to soak in the thermal waters in complete privacy. This option is perfect for couples. Staying at a Kinugawa ryokan with private onsens offers visitors a higher level of luxury in their relaxation. If you're seeking a more contemporary lodging experience, the best hotels in Nikko Japan offer a blend of comfort and convenience. Hotels in Kinugawa and Nikko often feature Western-style rooms and a range of amenities, including excellent restaurants, bars, and recreational facilities.

Attractions in Kinugawa Onsen - What to Do While Staying at Our Hotels in Nikko Tochigi

A popular choice of many guests when staying at one of our selected hotels in Nikko Tochigi is the Kinugawa Onsen Ropeway. Offering panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and river, the Kinugawa Onsen Ropeway is a must. There is also a cable car that takes visitors to the top of Mount Kinugawa, where stunning vistas await. The journey itself is a memorable experience, but the sight from the observation deck is truly breathtaking, especially during cherry blossom season and autumn.

While staying at a great Nikko Tochigi hotel be sure to check out Tobu World Square. Delve into a world of miniature replicas of famous architectural landmarks from around the globe at this outdoor architectural museum. Tobu World Square offers an incredible display of craftsmanship, with meticulous attention to detail in each model. This attraction is a fun choice for those staying in a hotel in Nikko who want to marvel at the craftsmanship and attention to detail of Japanese artisans, and travel the world through architecture in a day. Anyone staying in one of the hotels in Nikko Tochigi curated by Secret Retreats should keep some time free for a visit to Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura. Transport yourself back in time to the Edo period (1603-1868) at this immersive theme park. With period-appropriate buildings, costumed staff, and interactive activities, visitors can experience life in historical Japan. It's an ideal destination for history buffs and families alike. And taking a relaxing boat ride down the Kinugawa River is a relaxing way to view and enjoy the natural beauty of the region. The boat guides provide interesting commentary about the surrounding landscapes, adding a touch of education to your leisurely cruise. While not within Kinugawa Onsen itself, the nearby Nikko Toshogu Shrine is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is easily accessible from hotels in Nikko Tochigi. Known for its intricate architecture and stunning carvings, the shrine is dedicated to Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate.

Enjoy Exquisite Cuisine from Your Kinugawa hotel

A visit to a Kinugawa hotel isn't complete without indulging in its culinary offerings. Many hotels in Kinugawa offer traditional kaiseki meals, which are multi-course feasts that showcase the freshest local ingredients. Don't miss the opportunity to savor dishes like yuba (tofu skin), soba noodles, and seasonal seafood. Kinugawa Onsen stands as a sanctuary where tradition and tranquility intertwine. From its rich history to its rejuvenating Kinugawa hot spring, this destination offers a diverse array of experiences for visitors. Whether you're looking to immerse yourself in Japanese culture, explore historical landmarks, or simply unwind in nature's embrace, Nikko Kinugawa Onsen welcomes you with open arms. With a variety of Kinugawa hotels catering to different preferences, and the Secret Retreats team to help you plan and book, your stay in this enchanting sanctuary with Secret Retreats is bound to leave you with cherished memories and a sense of both discovery and renewal.
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