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Ultimate relaxation trip near Kyoto City
(Short Stay)

3 days, 4 nights in Northern Kansai

4 days, 3 nights in Northern Kansai
Ultimate Relaxation Trip Near Kyoto City

Travel north of Kyoto City and see the beauty and hidden gems of traditional Japan. This itinerary includes a peaceful little hot spring town, scenic coastal views, and a quiet woodland village all near Kyoto. Through some hand-on experiences, you can learn about how local people live in harmony with nature in the countryside. Immerse yourself in traditional countryside culture, put your mind at ease, and relax in a peaceful area.

Destinations:
Day 01 - Kinosaki Onsen
Day 02 - Amanohashidate
Day 03 - Fukuchiyama
Day 04 - Fukuchiyama
Where to eat:
Suginoya
Yoshinoya
Where to stay:
Kinosaki Onsen accommodations
Amanohashidate accommodations
Furumaya Farmhouse Stay
Transportion:
Train / Walking / Hotel pickup
short itinerary map
DAY 01

Kinosaki Onsen

Stay in a 1300-year-old hot spring town

Nestled in a lush mountain valley along the Sea of Japan is an age-old hot spring town shrouded in unforgettable charm. In the 1300-year-old town of Kinosaki Onsen, relax and rejeuvenate in the bathhouses and a traditional ryokan while also experiencing Japanese culture unique to the area.

Destination
Kinosaki Onsen
Where to eat
Local Dining
Where to stay
Local Accommodations
Transportation
Train & Walking
Yukata wearing visitors in Kinosaki
How to spend your day
Travel from Kyoto or Osaka to Kinosaki Onsen.
After you arrive, grab some lunch at one of the local restaurants or cafes in Kinosaki Onsen.
Take a seat and spend some time at one of Kinosaki's many restaurants or cafes. Try a hearty open sandwich with local ingredients at OFF.Kinosaki, a scrumptious Tajima beef burger at Bag Café Bar Creezan, or a tasty sushi set at Orizuru.
Tour Onsenji Temple and learn about the ancient ritual of bathing in Kinosaki Onsen or try the traditional art of straw craft
Choose one of two tours to experience a piece of Kinosaki Onsen's ancient history and culture. At Onsenji Temple, learn about its origins as a pilgrimage site and speak to a monk to learn more about the founding of the temple and the entire town. At Kamiya Mingei Shop, learn about mugiwara zaiku, a traditional straw handicraft with vibrant colors and intricate patterns that is only produced in Kinosaki Onsen in all of Japan. With a craftsman's guidance, make your own straw craft design on a small box to keep as a souvenir.
Check in to your ryokan.
Stay at a traditional Japanese inn, or ryokan, in Kinosaki Onsen for a one-of-a-kind experience in culture, hospitality, tranquility, and luxury. No matter which of the over 70 ryokan in town you choose, you are guaranteed to have a relaxing stay. The ryokan typically feature traditional tatami rooms, and some have gorgeous garden views and private onsen to enjoy.
Enjoy a kaiseki dinner at your ryokan.
In the evening, enjoy kaiseki, a traditional multi-course Japanese dinner made with Kinosaki specialities and local ingredients. Many ryokan will set up the meal for you to relish in the comfort of your room. Kaiseki dinners are known for their artistic setup and attention to detail that make the meal almost too beautiful to eat!
ryokan kaiseki dinner
Tour the 7 public hot springs
Your ryokan will provide you with a pass to all 7 public hot spring bathhouses so you can go onsen-hopping. As all of the bathhouses, or onsen, are within walking distance of each other, guests can enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of the town and stroll down the willow-lined streets along the canal in a yukata (a traditional cotton robe also provided by your ryokan).
DAY 02

Amanohashidate

One of Japan’s three most famous scenic views, also known as “The Bridge to Heaven”.

Amanohashidate is a naturally occurring 3.6km land bridge with white sand beaches and a continuous walking path shaded by thousands of pine trees. The path is only open to foot traffic and bicycles, making it easy to hear the lapping wavelets and singing birds. While here you'll see how rural life blends into the landscape and get to try some amazing local food.

Destination
Amanohashidate
Where to eat
Local Dining
Where to stay
Local Accommodations
Transportation
Train & Walking
Amanohashidate from viewland
How to spend your day
Have breakfast at your ryokan before checking out and taking the train from Kinosaki Onsen to Amanohashidate.
Travel Tip:
Take the train from Kinosaki Onsen Station to Amanohashidate Station. Then place your luggage into one of the coin lockers at the station. This will give you more freedom to enjoy and move about Amanohashidate.
Explore Amanohashidate on foot or bicycle, take a pleasure cruise around the bay, ride up the cable car, and more.
From Amanohashidate station, everything you could want to do is only a walk or cable car ride away. Within walking distance are rental cycles, sightseeing boats, panoramic overlooks of the iconic land bridge, and some of the most important temples and shrines in Japan, not to mention incredible locally sourced food.
Amanohashidate rental cycle
Have lunch at one of the local restaurants and try one of their specialties.
This region is famous for having among the best seafood in all of Japan. Stop in for seasonally caught fish, always local. The region has a couple of local delicacies to try as well, such as black chikuwa udon, and ika-don (squid rice bowl). Get adventurous with your food! Check out black chikuwa udon: https://www.kyotobythesea.com/fromtheinlets
Travel to Kasamatsu Park on the far side of Amanohashidate. Take the cable car or lift up to the observation deck.
The park is located half way up the mountain to Nariaiji Temple. Be sure to try ‘matanozoki,’ viewing the land bridge upside down (by looking between your legs). This inverted view is famous and is meant to look like a green dragon flying through the sky. From the park, visitors can also catch the mountain bus that runs up to Nariaiji Temple (one of the 33 temples on Japan's western pilgrimage route).
Motoise Kono Shrine. The most important shrine in the entire region.
Motoise-Kono Shrine, second only to the Ise Jingu Grand Shrine in Mie Prefecture in importance, was the former home of Amaterasu, the sun goddess of Shintoism. In fact, ‘Motoise” means “Former Ise,” as it was here the sun goddess was enshrined before moving south to Mie. Along the railing in front of the main shrine there are five colored suetama, a Shinto motif which only these two shrines are permitted to use.
Check in to your ryokan and settle in for the evening. We suggest ordering a dinner with your stay.
Staying at a ryokan at Amanohashidate is unforgettable. You will have one of Japan’s Three Scenic Views right outside with the sea and pine forest for company, and fresh local cuisine for your meals. The ryokan here also have natural hot springs sourced deep within the earth, and friendly, welcoming staff.
Seasonal sightseeing spot:
In autumn there are illumination events in the area that are worth checking out.
DAY 03

Fukuchiyama

Experience rural Japan and stay at a traditional farmhouse style guesthouse.

Destination
Fukuchiyama
Where to eat
Local Dining
Where to stay
Furumaya Farmhouse Stay
Transportation
Train & Hotel pickup
Fukuchiyama
How to spend your day
Have breakfast at your ryokan before checking out and taking the train from Amanohashidate to Ayabe.
Travel Tip:
Take the Hashidate No.2 from Amanohashidate Station to Fukuchiyama Station. We suggest staying in a traditional farmhouse style guesthouse. Check with your accommodation about transportation from the station.
Arrive at your traditional Japanese farmhouse style accommodation and check out the area.
Experience cooking a Japanese style lunch.
Interested in learning Japanese home cuisine? If so, you have a chance to take a quick lesson at Furumaya and prepare a few dishes for your lunch or dinner. The hostess will introduce you to authentic Japanese condiments and explain how to use them during the cooking lesson. (Reservation required)
Explore the surrounding area.
Just walk around the area and locals will greet you and make you feel richer.
Head back to your accommodation for dinner and settle in for the evening.
You can enjoy rustic home-style cooking with vegetables from the field grown without pesticides and chemical fertilizers, homemade rice, wild vegetables, and other fresh local ingredients.
Allergies and vegetarian diets are catered for. During the summer months, you can also enjoy barbecue dinners in the garden.
DAY 04

Fukuchiyama

Experience rural Japan and stay at a traditional farmhouse style guesthouse.

You can enjoy the luxury of doing nothing here in Furumaya. Surrounded by hills and lush greenery, it is a family-run farmstay that happily welcomes visitors from all around the world.

Destination
Fukuchiyama
Where to eat
Local Dining
Transportation
Train & Hotel send-off
Ayabe
How to spend your day
Enjoy a homemade breakfast at your accommodation before checking out and going on a guided bicycle tour of the area.
cycling tour of Ayabe
A cycling tour with an English speaking guide is available with reservation. In the tour, you can visit a traditional house style cuisine for lunch. They offer meals with vegitables from the area. Also, you will cycle to a shrine known for prayers for safe delivery among western Japan.
After your tour, head back to your accommodation to collect your things.
Check with your accommodations about setting up transportation back to Ayabe Station.
Travel back to Kyoto or Osaka. We hope you enjoyed your time in Northern Kansai.
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