Arima Onsen’s specialtyーーThe oldest hot spring resort

When it comes to onsen, Japan is filled with many of it that it’s actually kind of difficult to suggest only 1 out of the whole list as each of them has its own speciality, in terms of water benefits or location.


One of the best onsen places around that everyone seems to know is in Hakone but what if I told you there is one that you should try out to stay youthful?


There is such onsen and I wasn’t kidding about the “youth” part as the water mineral properties contains high concentration of natural salts and iron that tinges the water with a copper color that is known to slow down ageing and relieve sore joints/ muscles. The water color might shock some too as it isn’t like your usual fresh, clear underground water instead it’s murky water surface appearance may seem intimidating but that’s nothing for you to worry about because that’s the water’s natural appearance due to its high mineral content and it’s actually named “gold bathwater” (kin-onsen).

The other type of hot spring available is the silver hot spring called “Ginsen” which is a clear version, that contains radium and carbonate which is said to cure various muscle and joint ailments. Carbonated water is also known to produce smoother skin by removing dead skin effectively.

This unique onsen is only found in the mountainsides of Kobe and it’s actually famous among the local elderlies living around the area. Now it’s no longer limited to a certain age group as the onsen’s benefits are slowly starting to attract people of all ages around the world. And it isn’t also too far to make a day trip down just to relax your tired body in natural hot spring after a long week of hard work.

Open air free of charge (FOC) kinsen foot bath – Taiko no Ashiyu


Arima Onsen is also one of the OLDEST hot spring resorts, dating back to a thousand years and its considered one of the top ranking hot spring resorts for Western parts of Japan.

Unlike some Ryokans, visitors can actually pay to use their onsen without having to stay the night.

Arima Onsen area, bath entry costs ranges between 500yen- 2500yen depending on each Ryokan/ bathhouse.

One of the local famous onsen we would recommend to try out both Kinsen & Ginsen is at Taiko no Yu,  


Per entry for Taiko no Yu costs between RM79- RM101 (depending on package selected) and bookings can be easily made through KLOOK:

Queue in Taiko no Yu is normal, best to make a booking in advance for faster entry.
Inside Taiko No Yu there are other facilities as well, such as a restaurant and a souvenir shop


You can present either a printed or a mobile voucher for this activity

  •       The voucher is valid only on the date and time specified
  •       Please present the QR code on the voucher to the staff at the entrance
  •       Opening Hours: 10:00am-11:00pm (last admission 10:00pm)
  •       Steam bath & stone sauna zone opening hours: 10:00am-10:30pm (last admission: 10:00pm)
  •       Address: 池の尻292-2 Arimachō, Kita-ku, Kōbe-shi, Hyōgo-ken 651-1401, Japan

Hope this information is useful for those of you who are looking to enjoy a memorable onsen experience at one of the oldest hot springs in Japan.

Don’t forget to bring home Arima Onsen’s speciality biscuit, it uses natural hot spring water as part of its ingredient. Suitable as souvenir gift!


Writer: Arisa Chow アリサ・チョウ



A girl who left her heart and soul in Japan, with too much thoughts in that little head of hers which she shares frequently on

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