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A Healing Journey Filled with History and Culture in Arima
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Learn about the origins of Arima Hot Spring Village and the culture


Arima Onsen (hot spring) is famous as the oldest hot spring resort in Japan.
The high quality of the spring water still attracts people, and many tourists from Japan and abroad come to spend a relaxing time in the old-fashioned streets.
In this tour, you can experience the deeper Arima culture by strolling around the hot spring town.

There are two main types of onsen sources in Arima Onsen: the reddish-brown "Kinsen" (Gold hot spring) and the carbonated "Ginsen" (silver hot spring). It is said to be very rare to find two hot springs with completely different ingredients gushing out in the same area.
At some of the spots, you can see the source gushing out, touch it, and drink it. We will introduce you to the mechanism of the source, and visit stores that sell Japan's first cider, which developed from carbonated water, and specialty rice crackers, to show you all the charm of Arima Onsen.

Join this tour of the highlights of Arima Onsen and experience Japan's hot spring culture!

Highlights


・You can learn about each of the two sources that are the charm of Arima Onsen.
・You will be able to touch, drink, and experience the Arima hot springs.
・We will introduce you to the culture that is unique to the hot spring town, which you would not know if you visited only by yourself.
・The atmosphere in the shopping district is like a museum.

Attractions


・Nenbutsuji Temple: The main hall was built in 1712 and is the oldest building in Arima Onsen. The temple also features a 250-year-old tree, as well as magnificent moss and stones that offer a glimpse into the world of Japanese beauty.
・Tansansengen Park (carbonated hot spring): This park is home to one of the seven sources of Arima Onsen, and when you turn on the tap in the park, carbonated spring water comes out. If you turn on the faucet in the park, the water will come out. You can of course drink the water as it is, so you can taste the naturally occurring carbonated water, which is a very valuable experience.
・Mitsumori Store: This store specializes in rice crackers that have been loved by people for more than 100 years. The specialty is "Tansan rice crackers (made from carbonated water)," which contain no additives and are made using the carbonated spring water of Arima Onsen, and are so light and crispy that you can eat as many as you like.
・Kawakami Shoten (store): This store has been specializing in Tsukudani (food boiled in soy sauce and sugar) for over 400 years. Tsukudani is a traditional Japanese dish made by boiling soy sauce and sugar in sweet and spicy sauce, and this store has been keeping the traditional method alive. The traditional taste of the nationally famous Arima Sansho pepper is introduced here.
・Kin no Yu (Gold Footbath): When you are tired of walking around the Arima area, you can take a bath in a hot spring to relieve your fatigue. In this tour, we will introduce you to "footbath" spots where you can easily enjoy the real taste of hot spring. Don't be fooled into thinking it's just for your feet, but soaking your feet in hot spring water will relax your whole body.
・Tosen Goshobo (Japanese hotel): This is a long-established Japanese hotel that has been in business for over 800 years. It is said that the place has many fans among celebrities and cultural figures. A cup of coffee at the cafe inside will give you a taste of the prestigious atmosphere created by history.
・Yoshitakaya: You can find many unique souvenirs here. The owner has selected many Japanese goods, and it is fun just to look around. 

Notes

・Please wear comfortable closes as you will walk a lot.

Expenses Not Included

The travel expense is not included in the tour fee. Please bring extra money to experience this tour to its fullest.
(Entrance fees, transportation fees, activity fees, etc. - at least about JPY2,300 /person)

Meeting Point

JR Sannomiya Station central exit, in front of the Ticket Office



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