Kinosaki Onsen Ryokan Sensui,
located in the middle of Kinosaki Onsen,
is perfect for enjoying the Sotoyu Meguri.
Walk around town,
in which time seems to flow slower than usual,
and enjoy many beautiful sights that you can't see everyday.
Within in Kinosaki there are 7 public onsen (hot spring baths) that make up the Sotoyu Meguri. (Nowadays many ryokan have their own onsen; however, there was a time when this was unusual and the public baths were more common. As such, when people think of Kinosaki Onsen, they think of people walking around in yukata and enjoying the public onsen (Sotoyu Meguri). When enjoying the 7 onsen make sure to not stay in too long or you could start to become dizzy, not staying in the bath for too long is like an art that must be mastered. Wear one of Sensui's original yukata and enjoy the pleasures of the hot springs.
Housed in a traditional Japanese store house with beautiful white walls, you are engulfed in history and tradition from the moment you walk in. While inside you can marvel in the impressiveness of the things that the artisans could make out of straw.
Onsenji Temple, which is in near Kinosaki Onsen's hot spring source, was opened 1300 years ago by a wandering monk who was said to have been the human incarnation of Jizo, the bodhisattva of children and travelers. It is said that the monk originally opened Onsenji temple in order to protect Kinosaki Onsen, so that it could flourish for many years to come similar to that of an actual spring.
Within the main worship hall is a wooden statue of the eleven faced Bodhisattva Kanon, which has watched over people from antiquity. Every year on April 24th the town holds a memorial for the founder of the temple, at which the Great Perfection of Wisdom Sutra is chanted. After the sutra a Kehinzuki Mochimaki is held. This is an event where numbers are attached to mochi(rice cakes) and thrown into a crowd. The crowd then tries to collect as many mochi as possible as there are prizes attached to each number.
On April 26, 2008 the new tourist destination, Kiyamachi Koji, was born. Kiyamachi Koji, which lies on the opposite side of the road of Shisha shrine, near Gosho no Yu, is a complex including the Sanju San Square and around 10 shops, which sell everything from drinkable vinegar, Kinosaki Onsen egg pudding, seafood senbei(rice crackers), and massages. This is a great place to visit while enjoying the Sotoyu Meguri.
The Kinosaki Onsen Ropeway is a 676m long ropeway, which connects the summit of Mt.Taishi with the Yakushido of Onsenji Temple. From the viewing deck at the summit station you can see all of Kinosaki Onsen as well as the nearby Maruyamagawa River, and the Sea of Japan, in the distance. It is a view that you can't miss.
As you go farther into Kinosaki, it suddenly becomes silent and you come upon the magnificent Gokurakuji Temple. This is an ancient temple that was revived by Takuan Souhou of nearby Izushi. Within the temple grounds is a tranquil rock garden where you can try Zazen (Buddhist seated meditation) and become enlightened.