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7 famous sightseeing spots in Kinugawa Onsen area

Along with hot springs, the Kinugawa Onsen area also has many attractive attractions.
For example, Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura – where you can spend the whole day experiencing the feeling of traveling back to the Edo period, orTobu World Square – where hundreds of miniature models of famous architectural works in the world gather.

In this article, we will introduce 7 famous attractions and activities in the Kinugawa Onsen area. All are located near Kinugawa Onsen station so it’s very convenient to get around.

If you’re looking for a place to enjoy the day before returning to your hot spring hotel to rest, then definitely give it a read.

Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura

Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura is an amusement park where you can experience the culture and atmosphere of the Edo period (1603~1868).

It is not necessary to know Japanese history well, as long as you love Japanese culture and want to witness Samurai, Ninja or Oiran courtesans at close range, then Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura is a place you should visit.

The Edo period architecture is perfectly recreated, and all the staff dress and behave as if they were in the Edo period, making you truly believe you are traveling to the past. My advice is to rent a costume to transform into an Edo period character for a more fun experience.

Location: 15 minutes by bus from Kinugawa Onsen station.



Tobu World Square

Tobu World Square is a collection of replicas of 102 famous architectural works from around the world. All are meticulously recreated at a scale of 1/25 compared to real size.

It will be very interesting if you go to Tobu World Square with your lover or friends, seeing famous destinations will make you feel like you are traveling the world together. And yet, depending on the shooting angle, you can also take extremely funny visual deception photos.

Location: 5 minutes by bus from Kinugawa Onsen station.



Kinugawa River Boat Tour

Kinugawa River is famous as the pinnacle of valley beauty created by Mother Nature. To fully enjoy this beauty, the best way is to take a Kinugawa River Boat Tour.

The 40-minute journey will take you from the upper to lower reaches of the Kinugawa River. Along the way, you’ll admire seasonal landscapes and nature from a unique perspective that can only be experienced by boat.

Meet up location: 5 minutes walk from Kinugawa Onsen station.



Kinugawa River Rafting

For those who love more active activities, rafting down the Kinugawa River is a suggestion.
It feels great to join forces with your teammates and float down the Kinugawa River while being splashed with water! At spots with gentle currents, you can relax and enjoy views of the Kinugawa River.

Everyone from children to adults can participate, so this is the perfect activity for a family outing.

Meet up location: right at Kinugawa Onsen station.



Kinugawa Onsen Ropeway

If you are traveling with older people, using the ropeway is also a good choice because you can enjoy the beautiful scenery without having to walk much.

Kinugawa Onsen Ropeway is a ropeway runs from Kinugawa Onsen Sanroku Station to the top of Mount Maruyama, with an altitude difference of about 300 meters.
From the observatory at the top of the mountain, you can enjoy panoramic views of Kinugawa Onsen town.
There is also a “Monkey Garden” where lots of monkeys are happily playing, and you can even feed them for a small fee.

Location: 5 minutes by taxi from Kinugawa Onsen station.



Kinuko no Yu (Foot Bath)

“Kinuta no Yu” is a foot bath facility located in the square in front of Kinugawa Onsen station.
You can enjoy soaking your feet in the weakly alkaline hot spring water that can only be found at hot spring resorts. Another attractive point is that this service is completely free.

Why not spend some time here to relax and warm your feet after sightseeing or walking?

Location: 20 minutes walk from Kinugawa Onsen station.



Kinu-Tateiwa Otsuribashi (Suspension Bridge)

“Kinu Tateiwa Otsuribashi” is a pedestrian-only suspension bridge with a total length of 140 meters.
From 37 meters above the bridge, you can admire breathtaking views of the verdant mountains and the rapids of the Kinugawa River flowing over large rocks.

The Kinu Tateiwa Otsuribashi Suspension Bridge is especially recommended for those of you who visit Kinugawa Onsen in the fall, when the mountains and valleys change color and you can enjoy the wonderful beauty of the red leaves.

Location: 12 minutes walk from Kinugawa Onsen station.




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