What You Should not Miss in Kinugawa-Kawaji Hot Spring

Hot Springs in Kinugawa-Kawaji Hot Spring

Kinugawa Onsen

Kinugawa - Kawaji Onsen
Open-Air Bath
Onsens for Day Trippers

The Kinugawa Onsen originates from the Taki Onsen that was discovered on the west bank of the Kinugawa River in the Edo period. After that, another Onsen gushed forth on the east bank and was named as the Fujiwara Onsen. Since then, people have called combination of these two Onsens as the Kinugawa Onsen, and now the Onsen resort is known as “a place for treat in the Kanto region” and attracts many travelers. This Onsen resort currently has more than 80 hotels and ryokans including modernistic hotels with many guest rooms and open air bathes. The Onsen of Kinugawa has been famous for the effect to heal burn injuries, and has enjoyed the nickname as the “healer of burn injuries” since the old days.

Spring Quality: Alkaline simple Onsen
The effect: The Onsen is good for beautiful skin, neuralgia, muscular pain, arthritis, frozen shoulders, burn injury, motor paralysis, stiffness in joints, bruise, sprain, chronic digestive diseases, hemorrhoid, sensitivity to cold, recovery from illness, recovery from fatigue, health enhancement, etc.

  • Place
  • Contact
    Nikko City Tourism Association
    +81-288-22-1525

Kawaji Onsen

Kinugawa - Kawaji Onsen
Open-Air Bath
Onsens for Day Trippers

The Kawaji Onsen Resort is located along the Kinugawa River at about 11km upstream from the Kinugawa Onsen. It is said that people in the Edo period discovered the Onsen gushed forth from the bottom of the river where the water had receded after the flood caused by a long rain. The resort, which occupies the place near the meeting point of the Kinugawa River and Ojikagawa River, has about 10 ryokans and hotels lining up along the Ojikagawa River. Because of the quiet surrounding in the mountain area, visitors to this resort can immerse themselves in the open-air baths on the river bank, while enjoying the rustic beauty of the river that changes its face depending on the season and time. The Onsen of Kawaji has been famous for the effect to heal wounds, and has enjoyed the nickname as the “healer of wounds” since the old days.
The resort sells “Yumeguri Yuko Tegata,” a ticket that allows visitor to take a day trip to various Onsen facilities.

Spring Quality: Alkaline simple Onsen
The effect: The Onsen is good for neuralgia, muscular pain, arthritis, frozen shoulders, scrape, motor paralysis, stiffness in joints, bruise, sprain, chronic digestive diseases, hemorrhoid, sensitivity to cold, recovery from illness, recovery from fatigue, health enhancement, etc.

  • Place
  • Contact
    Nikko City Tourism Association
    +81-288-22-1525

Sightseeing Spots in Kinugawa-Kawaji Hot Spring

Ryuou Valley

Kinugawa - Kawaji Onsen

Stream of the Kinugawa River washed the volcanic rocks erupted from a volcano 22 million years ago and created the natural formative arts consisting of huge strange and odd shaped rocks. The name of this valley was given after the image that a dragon wriggles. The clean stream of the Kinugawa River, rocks and trees surrounding them offer magnificent scenery like a landscape painting. In this area, there is a hiking course for beginners extending over about 7km (3 to 4 hours to walk through),, so that everyone enjoys walking and sightseeing in an easy manner. The area is particularly beautiful in the season of spring fresh green leaves and autumn colorful leaves. The best period for autumn leave viewing is from the end of October to the beginning of November of each year.

  • Place
  • Contact
    Nikko City Tourism Association
    +81-288-22-1525

Tateiwa Rock

Kinugawa - Kawaji Onsen

The Tateiwa is a huge rock that is more than 70m high. The name was given after its shape that is resemble with a warrior‘s shield (“tate” in Japanese),. From an observatory platform set on the top of the rock, visitor can have the panoramic view of the Kinugawa River stream and the Mt. Keichozan. In addition, the walker-only suspension bridge hung between the area and the Kinugawa Onsen Resort allows visitors to enjoy thrilling and magnificent scenery.

* The observatory platform is currently closed due to the work to remove fallen rocks. The platform is scheduled to reopen in 2016.

Theme Parks

Near the Kinugawa-Kawaji Onsen Resort, there are many unique theme parks that you can enjoy all day long, such as the Tobu World Square where world’s famous structures and monuments are reproduced at a 1:25 scale, and Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura where visitor can feel as if they have travelled to the Edo period.

Experiences that Kinugawa-Kawaji Hot Spring Offers

Kinugawa River Boat Tour

Kinugawa - Kawaji Onsen

Feel yourself being gently rocked by the motion of the boat being guided through the water with the boatman‘s skilful control of the oar, as you enjoy a close-up encounter with the natural wonder of the Kinugawa River, with its seasonally changing faces and sea of richly varied rock forms. The ride delivers its share of thrills too, with the boat buffeted by sheets of spray as it enters the rapids. Totally immerse yourself in the 360-degree dynamic scenery of the Kinugawa River on this approximately 40 minute boat trip.

Rafting

Kinugawa - Kawaji Onsen

Rafting consists of a rubber boat capable of seating 7-8 people traversing a barrage of waves as it travels down the river. The passengers work together with paddles to take on the limpid stream of the Kinugawa River. Feeling the flow of the river and seeing the wildlife that inhabit it, rafting offers you the chance for a direct experience of the beauty and majesty of nature.

Ninja Experience

Kinugawa - Kawaji Onsen

Become a cool ninja. Wearing the ninja outfit, you can experience many ninja trainings such as shuriken (small blades), throwing, wall climbing and roof space hiding.

Strawberry picking

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Kinugawa - Kawaji Onsen

Strawberry picking can be enjoyed between mid-December and late June, and visitors may eat as many freshly-picked ‘tochiotome‘ (Tochigi Prefecture‘s specialty strawberries), as they like within 30 minutes. Enjoy the seasonal flavors to your heart‘s content as this variety‘s characteristic sweetness balanced with the perfect amount of sourness fills your mouth.

Events in Kinugawa-Kawaji Hot Spring

Ryuou Festival

Kinugawa - Kawaji Onsen

The festival consisting of solemn Shinto rituals on the Ryuokyo Valley, along with vibrant mikoshi (portable shrine) parade and fireworks in the Kinugawa - Kawaji Onsen, brings one of the greatest summer spectacles to the area. Tourists can experience mikoshi carrying (only for females and advance registration required).

  • Term
    July 21 (Fri) - 23 (Sun)
  • Time
    Ryuou Valley (Shrine ritual): July 21 (Fri) 11:00 - 11:50
    Kinugawa Onsen: July 21 (Fri), 22 (Sat) 18:00 - 22:00
    Kawaji Onsen: July 22 (Sat), 23 (Sun) 18:00 - 22:00
  • Price
    Admission free
  • Place
  • Contact
    Nikko City Tourism Association
    +81-288-22-1525

Moonlight Flower Gallery

Kinugawa - Kawaji Onsen

The location with abundant nature is fantastically illuminated to bring joys to visitors. Here, you can experience Japanese culture through hospitality to offer free-of-charge green tea, playing of traditional Japanese musical instruments, and sales of local food stand.

Lunar New Year Spring Festival

Kinugawa - Kawaji Onsen

In this festival, visitors can experience Japan’s and Nikko’s culture through various events, such as performance of the folk entertainment, sales of local food and tea ceremony, and celebrate the lunar new year.

Seasonal Flowers in Kinugawa-Kawaji Hot Spring

Local Cuisines and Souvenirs of Kinugawa-Kawaji Hot Spring

Kaiseki Ryori (Sophisticated Traditional Japanese Cuisine Brought in Courses),

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Kinugawa - Kawaji Onsen
Okunikko
Yunishigawa, Kawamata and Okukinu Onsen
Imaichi
Ashio

Washoku (Japanese cusine), that was registered as the World Heritage is served one by one as a course of dishes at ryokans, hotels and ryotei (Japanese-style restaurant),. Use both your eyes and tongue to relish high-quality seasonal ingredients cooked and arranged in a sophisticated way.

Onsen Manju

Onsen manju (a bun stuffed with azuki-bean paste), has many variations in its ingredients such as soybeans and wheat flour, original recipe handed down over time, colors and shapes, and tastes, because each shop has its own characteristic. Why not try as many types of onsen manju as possible, and discover the difference of each manju?

Freshwater Fish Cuisine

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Kinugawa - Kawaji Onsen
Okunikko
Yunishigawa, Kawamata and Okukinu Onsen
Imaichi
Ashio

The city of Nikko that is proud of its clear-water rivers produces fresh and delicious freshwater fishes such as iwana (chars), and ayu. Simply broiling these fish with salt is, of course, wonderful, but you should also try cocked or fried fishes.

Accommodation in Kinugawa-Kawaji Hot Spring

Kinugawa - Kawaji Onsen

Kinugawa - Kawaji Onsen

The Kinugawa Onsenn is a Onsen resort that has many large-scale hotels and ryokans lining up on the location allowing guests to view scenery of the Kinugawa River and ravines. These accommodation facilities offer various types of guest rooms, from standard Japanese-style rooms to Japanese-Western style rooms and Western style rooms. In addition, there are rooms with open-air baths in some facilities. Guests can enjoy meals in their favorite styles, such as buffet style or kaiseki ryori style, in which traditional and sophisticated Japanese dishes using the local ingredients abundantly are brought in courses. The resort is also suitable as your base for a World-Heritage tour and skiing.
Kawaji Onsen is a small Onsen village in mountains, a suitable place for those who wish to have quiet and relaxing time.

Model Courses to Tour around Kinugawa-Kawaji Hot Spring