About Arima Onsen
Arima Spa in Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture is one of the oldest and best hot spring spar in Japan along with Dogo Onsen Spar in Ehime Prefecture and Shirahama Onsen in Wakayama Prefecture. Arima is about one hour bus ride from Umeda, traffic center of North Osaka. It’s known as an oasis of Osaka and about 1.6 million people visit this spar.
Arima Travel Bureau is near the bus terminal, offers brochures written in English, Korean and Chinese and assistants who speak these languages are available. Arima has always been a popular resort since the seventh century but it was renovated as a resort for foreigners several years ago. You can find many foreign visitors strolling around Arima while young Japanese people are seen walking around and eating soybean ice cream or Arima crackers and drinking carbonated soda especially in March when college students go on graduation trip
This is one of the source of a hot spring which looks reddish brown because the water contains iron and sodium. You can drink water from Kinoyu Insen or ‘Source of Gold Hot Water’ which has an effect on the digestive organs.
You can have fun looking at souvenir shops, coffee shops with retro design, noodle shops, paintbrush shops, Tansan Senbei Cracker shops and sake shops.
You can also soak your feet in warm water or ‘footbath’ for free at Kinnoyu or Gold Hot Water.
This is Toy and Automata Museum where 4000 toys and automata collected around the world are displayed. Kids can play with wooden toys on the third floor.
Hideyoshi Toyotomi, a military ruler in the late 16th century is said to have visited Arima 15 times with his wife Nene to take the baths for medical purposes so you can find statues of Hideyoshi and Nene. Nene paid visits to Arima many times as it was believed that Arima’s hot water was effective for pregnancy but she was not able to give birth to any child to him after all. Her statue faces to Hideyoshi’s statue from the red bridge.
This is a statue of Kappa, a water spirit with a red cap and a white muffler.He looks so cold in winter so local people put these on him. Various kinds of evens are held in Arima all through a year. A costume play event was held on Feb.3, Bean Throwing Day. Girls in costume were asked to pose for a picture.