What You Should not Miss in Kinugawa-Kawaji Hot Spring

Hot Springs in Kinugawa-Kawaji Hot Spring

Kinugawa Hot Spring

Kinugawa - Kawaji Hot Spring
Open-Air Bath
Hot Springs for Day Trippers

The Kinugawa Hot Spring originates from the Taki Hot Spring that was discovered on the west bank of the Kinugawa River in the Edo period. After that, another Hot Spring gushed forth on the east bank and was named as the Fujiwara Hot Spring. Since then, people have called combination of these two Hot Springs as the Kinugawa Hot Spring, and now the Hot Spring resort is known as “a place for treat in the Kanto region” and attracts many travelers. This Hot Spring resort currently has more than 80 hotels and ryokans including modernistic hotels with many guest rooms and open air bathes. The Hot Spring 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 Hot Spring
The effect: The Hot Spring 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.

Kawaji Hot Spring

Kinugawa - Kawaji Hot Spring
Open-Air Bath
Hot Springs for Day Trippers

The Kawaji Hot Spring Resort is located along the Kinugawa River at about 11km upstream from the Kinugawa Hot Spring. It is said that people in the Edo period discovered the Hot Spring 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 Hot Spring 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 Hot Spring facilities.

Spring Quality: Alkaline simple Hot Spring
The effect: The Hot Spring 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.

Sightseeing Spots in Kinugawa-Kawaji Hot Spring

Ryuou Valley

Kinugawa - Kawaji Hot Spring

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.

Tateiwa Rock

Kinugawa - Kawaji Hot Spring

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 Hot Spring 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 Hot Spring 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 Hot Spring

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 Hot Spring

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 Hot Spring

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 Hot Spring

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 Hot Spring

The spa town hosts portable shrine and folk entertainment events, and displays of skyrocket fireworks are also scheduled.

Moonlight Flower Gallery

Kinugawa - Kawaji Hot Spring

The spa town‘s autumn evening is brought to life by the glow of paper lanterns and charm of musical performances under the moonlight.

New Year Festival

Kinugawa - Kawaji Hot Spring

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 Hot Spring
Okunikko
Yunishigawa, Kawamata and Okukinu Hot Spring
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 Hot Spring
Okunikko
Yunishigawa, Kawamata and Okukinu Hot Spring
Imaichi
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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 hot spring

Kinugawa - Kawaji hot spring

The Kinugawa Hot Springn is a hot spring 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 Hot Spring is a small hot spring 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