What You Should not Miss in the City of Nikko

Seasonal excursion information  Autumn 2010

Autumn colors tours while staying in Kinugawa-Kawaji Hot Spring

Autumn excursions in Japan are almost synonymous with the viewing of the changing colors of the leaves. This is testified to by the fact that the custom of admiring the autumn colors has long been cherished as a distinctive characteristic of Japan. It is said that the history of this custom can be traced back to the ideas of the aristocracy of the Heian Period, and the pages of even Japan’s oldest collections of poetry, the Manyoshu and Nihon-shoki are filled with a great many poems that refer to the colors of the autumn leaves.

Within Japan, a country so enamored with the colors of autumn, the lofty region of Nikko City has long been regarded as one of the foremost spots, offering visitors the chance to enjoy some of the best tours of the autumn colors.

With convenient access from the Tokyo area, Kinugawa-Kawaji Hot Spring is an ideal base for tours of the autumn colors. A wealth of highlights such as the Kinu-Tateiwa Great Suspension Bridge and Ryuou Valley are dotted around the area, and the peak viewing period of late October to late November boasts expansive panoramas that are ablaze with vivid reds and yellows. After enjoying autumn in Kinugawa-Kawaji Hot Spring to the very fullest, the area’s accommodations also offer the exceptional pleasure of admiring the autumn colors from your guest room or from an open-air bath.

※Please check in advance as the peak viewing period for autumn colors may vary depending on circumstances such as weather.

Kinugawa-Kawaji Hot Spring Area Peak Viewing Period and Map of Famous Spots

Refresh both mind and body with beauty and health plans!

While staying in Kinugawa-Kawaji Hot Spring, why not refresh both mind and body after your journey with one of the beauty and health plans on offer at each of the accommodations: be immersed in soothing fragrances with an aroma treatment; enjoy a facial treatment suited to your specific skin type, have tiredness or swelling soothed away with the micro-vibration of an ultrasonic massage or savor low-calorie kaiseki-ryori, a type of traditional Japanese cuisine that is meticulous in its choice of ingredients and flavors. Be sure to enjoy these facilities together with the fine quality spas of Kinugawa-Kawaji Hot Spring.

※ When using facilities, please check details with each ryokan in advance and make a reservation before visiting.

List of accommodation facilities


  • Kinugawa Onsen Hotel

    TEL: 0288-77-0300

  • Wakatake no Sho

    TEL: 0288-76-3000

  • Kinugawa Grand Hotel Yumenotoki

    TEL: 0288-77-1313

  • Hananoyado Matsuya

    TEL: 0288-77-1221

  • Asaya

    TEL: 0288-77-1111

  • Kinugawa-Onsen Sanraku

    TEL: 0288-76-2211

  • Kinugawa Kanaya Hotel

    TEL: 0288-76-0001

  • Kinugawa Park Hotels

    TEL: 0288-77-1289

  • Kinugawa Hotel Mikazuki

    TEL: 0288-77-2611

  • Hotel Harvest Kinugawa

    TEL: 0288-76-0100

  • Kinugawa Kanko Hotel

    TEL: 0288-77-1101

  • Hotel Kinugawa Gyoen

    TEL: 0288-770-1070

  • Yukemuri Magokoro no Yado Isshinkan

    TEL: 0288-77-0008

  • Hotel Sunshine Kinugawa

    TEL: 0288-77-2727

  • Kinugawa Fudotaki

    TEL: 0288-76-2008

  • Yadoya Denshichi

    TEL: 0288-78-1126

  • Seijaku to Magokoro no Yado Nanaeyae

    TEL: 0288-77-2222

Take a tour of art museums in the Kinugawa Hot Spring area with the Retro Bus

The Retro Bus offers the chance to enjoy a tour of 3 art museums, and will pick up guests from their Ryokan Association-affiliated hotels and ryokans in Kinugawa Spa Town. Service includes postcard service and special discount privileges. To make a reservation, please enquire at the front desk of the ryokan or hotel in which you are staying.

Nikko Museum of Dolls
This museum’s exhibits include traditional Japanese dolls such as ichimatsu-ningyo and hina-ningyo, as well as bisque dolls, Lladrò dolls, and examples of modern creations.
Tel: 0288-77-1211
Nikko Takehisa Yumeji Art Museum
This museum introduces visitors to the works of Yumeji Takehisa, the leading poet and artist of the Taisho Era Romance movement, which is infused with a unique sense of beauty and poetry.
Tel: 0288-77-0777
Mitsuo Aida Heartful Museum
This museum exhibits the works of poet and calligrapher Mitsuo Aida, whose powerful, yet delicate writings have made a deep impression on modern viewers.
Tel: 0288-76-8736