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5 Onsens in Kyoto

Kyoto is filled with many nice onsen (public baths). Whether it is to start your day, end you day or to take a break from all the sightseeing, it is nice to go to the onsen and refresh yourself.

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Below are 5 onsen in Kyoto that visitors or locals can visit. What makes these onsen appealing is the fact that they are also near to tourist destinations in Kyoto.

Kurama Onsen

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Kurama onsen is located in the Kurama mountain in Kyoto. It is near to the Kurama temple and the hiking course of Kurama temple and Mt. Kurama. The onsen has an open-air bath which can be very nice to take while breathing the fresh air in the mountains.

Time: 10:00 – 21:00 (20:00 in winter)
1000 yen
Children (4-12 years): 700 yen
Children under 4 years: Free
Access: With Shuttle Bus or 12 minutes of walk from the Kurama station.
Address: 520 Kuramahonmachi, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 601-1111
Phone Number:
Offical Website (English): Kurama Onsen 

Kibune Onsen (Tenzan No Yu)

Kibune onsen is located near Kibune Shrine up in the mountains of Kyoto. Here, visitors can enjoy cherry blossoms in spring, beautiful green nature and Nagashi somen in the summer, autumn leaves in autumn and snow in the winter.

Time: 10:00 – 21:00
1,500 Yen (Sat & Sun: 1,600 yen)
Children (4 years – Junior School): 600 Yen (Sat & Sun: 700 Yen)
Children under 4 years: Free
Access: 2 minutes by bus from kifuneguchi station
Address: 601-1112 京都府京都市左京区鞍馬貴船町18-2
Phone Number: 075-741-5555
Official Webpage (Japanese): Kibune Onsen 

After the Onsen, you can also enjoy facilities to relax and dine.

Symbol of onsen, representative photo.
Symbol of onsen, representative photo. Photo: Robert J. on Flickr

Sagano Onsen: Tenzan No Yu

This onsen is located a few stops away from Arashiyama, one of the most popular touristic location in Kyoto with its beautiful scenery of nature such as the famous bamboo forest, mountains and rivers, and cultural sights such as Togetsukyo bridge or Tenryu-ji.

Time: 10:00 – 25:00 (24:00 Last Admission)
1050 yen
Children (4-12 years): 500 yen
Children under 4 years: Free
3 minutes walk from Arisugawa station
Address: 55-4 Miyanomoto-cho Sagano Ukyo-ku Kyoto City
Phone Number: 075-882-4126
Official Webpage (English): Sagano Onsen

Uji Natural Hot Spring: Genji no Yu

This onsen is located in Uji where stand the Byodo-in temple, the world heritage site and the image on the 10 yen coin in Japan. Just like the name of the onsen, it also stands in Uji, the place where the story of the Tale of Genji took place. There is also The Tale of Genji Museum in Uji.

Time: 10:00 – 25:00 (24:00 Last Admission)
1000 yen
Children (4-12 years): 500 yen
Children under 4 years: Free
Access: 8 minutes walk from Kintetsu Okubo station or JR Sinden station
Address: 52 Okubo-cho Otake, Uji-shi, Kyoto 611-0033 Japan
Phone Number: +81 774 41 2615
Official Webpage (English): Genji no Yu 

Kamigata Onsen: Ikkyu

If people are willing to reach out far into Kyoto, this Kamigata Onsen is recommended. Located between both Kyoto and Nara stands in the location of Shuonan (Ikkyuji temple) established by the famous monk Ikkyu.

Time: 10:00 am – 25:00 am (24:00 Last Admission)
1143 yen
Children (4-12 years): 572 yen
Children under 4 years: Free
Access: 10 minutes walk from JR Yamashiro-Aodani station
Phone Number: 0774-54-1419
Official Webpage: Kamigata Onsen

We wish you a beautiful and relaxing journey to your favorite onsen!

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