Kinugawa Onsen is located in northern Tochigi Prefecture and it is one of the most famous hot spring areas in the northern Kanto region. Discovered around 300 years ago it is now home to a number of large-scale hotels and ryokan standing either side of the Kinu River – an area of great natural beauty. The water in Kinugawa is simple and mildly alkaline (tasteless, odorless and colorless) and is said to be effective in combating nerve and muscle pain, arthronosos, burns and chronic digestive diseases as well as for relieving fatigue. From the Greater Tokyo area to Kinugawa Onsen takes just two hours and many visitors make the short trip each year.
Kinugawa Onsen is home to three footbaths with “Kinuta-no-yu,” located in the square in front of Kinugawa Station, free to use – so why not give your feet a soak?
Ryuokyo is a magnificent valley with a number of strange large rocks along its walls and is not too far from Kinugawa Onsen. A “shizen-kenkyuro” hiking trail takes in Ryuo Shrine and Nijimi-no-taki waterfall along with some breathtaking landscapes while other trails in the valley can be selected along lines of interest in nature and / or history.
The Kinugawa-rhine-kudari is a thrilling boat journey from Kinugawa Onsen to Otoro along a 6km stretch of river and taking around 40 minutes. (In operation from mid-April to mid-November)
Kinugawa Onsen is also close to the famed world heritage site of Nikko with its Toshogu Shrine, Kegon-no-taki Waterfall and Lake Chuzenji. Tobu World Square, Western Village and Edo Wonderland Nikko are other themed attractions nearby as is Nikko-sarugundan (monkey) Theater.