Travel Spotlight:

Kinugawa Onsen

Discover Kinugawa Onsen

In this month’s newsletter, we are featuring ‘Kinugawa Onsen’ in Tochigi Prefecture, Japan.

Kinugawa Onsen is a very popular onsen (hot spring) village, part of Nikko City, located 30 min from Central Nikko. Onsen enthusiasts come from around Japan to stay in its many Japanese Ryokans and enjoy the effects of the natural hot springs.

For a quieter area, the Kawaji Onsen is another popular hot spring area 10km upstream from Kinugawa Onsen.

Nearby Tokyo

Meets Kinugawa Onsen

Nikko Tourism Staff

Special Interview Article

This month we went to Nikko-Kinugawa’s Tourism Department for a friendly chat with Toshiki Akutsu san, to learn everything about this thermal village.

He shared with us what Kinugawa Onsen is famous for: it’s hot springs and natural attractions, its famous festivals, and all special discounts and passes available for visitors.

Silk Express: the new way to travel to Kinugawa Onsen

The Silk Express is a new bus service that offers stress-free & relaxing journeys from JR Utsunomiya station to Kinugawa Onsen. And what’s more, the Silk Express offers fun excursions from Kinugawa Onsen to Yunishigawa and the Central Nikko area.
Click the button below to find out more.

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Night Cherry Blossom Festival in
Kinugawa Onsen
(A night Sakura Hanami Festival nearby Tokyo)
2024 : Early April

Every year for a week in early April, when the cherry blossoms are in their full bloom, the sakura trees in Gokoku shrine and the Onsen shrine are lit up for visitors to experience a mystical atmosphere and enjoy Japanese traditional festival ️music, as well as traditional performances by local geisha ladies.

Tsukiakari Hana Kairou
Moonlight Flower Gallery
(An enchanting illumination inside a forest)
2024 : End of Sep to early Oct

Every year between the end of September and early October it is possible to admire this traditional Japanese umbrella illumination event. 

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