Trip to Arima Onsen

Today I took a trip to the hot springs in Arima, next to Osaka (one hour by bus). (see the whole slideshow here)

Arima Onsen (有馬温泉 Arima Onsen?) is an onsen, or hot springs in Kita-ku, Kobe, Japan. This Onsen is still a hidden treasure of modern Kobe, behind Mount Rokko. It attracts many Japanese who want tranquility with beautiful natural surroundings and yet easy access from the busy cities in Kansai metropolitan area including Osaka.

It’s early morning and the streets of Osaka are strangely empty…

not many people around (strangely so)

.. a good breakfast to get started…

priorities first

jump on the bus..

on the bus

and I arrive in Arima Onsen, amidst various groups of japanese tourists..

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I take a path uphill to a little but marvelous shrine..

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…then down again through the forest and straight to the public baths!

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I even got a ‘foot massage’ on my way out…

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.. and quick walk around Arima Onsen’s temples before heading back home…

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