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.
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Attractions in Kinugawa Onsen - What to Do While Staying at Our Hotels in Nikko TochigiA 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 hotelA 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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