This beautiful area is on the less touristy, more natural side. Shadows of past glory days add to the local flavour. Kinugawa isn’t a party destination which makes it well suited for those looking for a family getaway or a quiet retreat. If you’re up for a bit of adventure, journeys into the surrounding areas can reveal a number of treasures.
Kinugawa is an ideal area to visit any time of the year. The area is well known for beautiful fall foliage and being slightly cooler than Tokyo in summer. Check the tourism websites to see what special events are planned!
With Tobu train line access from Central, Eastern and Northern Tokyo, Kinugawa Onsen can be a day trip or weekend get-away. It is also easily accessible by car or bus tour.
Take the Nikko Kotsu Dial Bus to Kinugawa Onsen Stn. It is a 5 min. walk to the Kinugawa Mikazuki Hotel.
3:00 Check-in at Kinugawa Mikazuki Hotel
3:30 Hit the pool or relax in the onsen
6:00 Supper at the hotel
Check with the hotel to find out what evening entertainment is available. Options may include a massage, karaoke, lounges, light show in the pool, and ramen.
6:00 Pre-breakfast dip in the onsen
Time to get close to nature! From April – November traditional river boat rides (line kudari) are run on the Kinugawa River. The departure point is behind the hotel. Much of the river it tree and rock lined, making you feel like you’re on a journey into the past, before the hustle and bustle of modern life took over. Spring, summer or fall, Mother nature is waiting to show you her beauty.
11:00 Return to Kinugawa Onsen Stn. to catch the Nikko Kotsu Dial Bus to Edo Wonderland (Edo Mura). Travel back in time and become a samurai.
12:30 Lunch at one of the traditional restaurants
16:30 Take the Nikko Kotsu Dial Bus to Kinugawa Onsen Stn.
Pick up an EkiBen (train station box lunch) to eat for supper
When planning a trip please check exact train times, check-in, breakfast, check-out etc. These times vary by season and are used just to give you a general idea of timing.
A few pointers:
☆ Take a look at the Tobu Passes and discount tickets. There are many choices and seasonal specials.
☆ Outside Kinugawa Onsen Train Station there is a free ashi-yu (foot bath) to refresh your tired feet.
☆ We love to get eki-ben lunch boxes (sold at the station) to enjoy on longer train rides. It is part of the culture that should not be missed! Spacia trains usually sell eki-ben on the trains. The local trains do not offer this service but occasionally a vendor will board the train around Shimo-Imaichi Stn. offering freshly made, local eki-ben.
☆ Many hotels will provide pick-up/drop off at local train stations. Be sure to ask ahead of time if you would like to use this service.
☆ There are not a lot of cafes or restaurants in town so it is a good idea to find a lodging deal which includes meals.
☆ There are a number of local attractions with something for everyone. Take a look at the homepage links below for some idea of activity possibilities.
☆ Nikko is a large area which includes Kinugawa Onsen. It is possible to extend a visit to include attractions in other parts of Nikko but doing so requires careful planning to account for additional travel times..
Traveling has always been a part of life for Houdini whether through books, tales from friends or family vacations. As her kids grow she enjoys the adventures that come with traveling with children and exploring places within a few hours travel of Tokyo.
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” -Mark Twain