Onsen Experience: Arima Onsen (from Osaka)

Enjoy a relaxing soak in Japan's most ancient hot spring resort town

~ USD 948.69

Enjoy a relaxing soak in Japan's most ancient hot spring resort town

~ USD 948.69

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  • Toyota Alphard1-5 People, 2-6 SuitcasesStart Time: 09:00
  • Hiace Grand Cabin 1-8 People, 9 SuitcasesStart Time: 09:00
  • Hiace Luxury Cabin1-8 People (with 6 premium leather seats and 2 foldable seats), 9 SuitcasesStart Time: 09:00
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1 Day (12 Hours)
Availability : Daily

You can pick your hotel, Kansai Airport, a train station or any other location as long as it is located within OSAKA CITY.

If you would like our assistance in reaching OSAKA, please book a customized bespoke tour instead.


+ Vehicle designated in selected package (either a Toyota Alphard, Hi Ace Grand Cabin or Hi Ace Luxury Cabin)

+ English speaking driver (the driver is not a guide & may only have basic English skills)

+ Tolls, Highway Fees, Parking Fees, Fuel (and other associated vehicle costs for this itinerary)


Pick a date & package; press the PROCEED BOOKING button. The next screen will offer you the option to add on a REGION EXPERT (a local guide with expert knowledge of the area, its history and culture) for an additional fee. Other add-ons may also be available.


This private package tour will start at a location of your choice within OSAKA and then proceed to your chosen destination options.

Please type in three options from the following options after pressing the PROCEED BOOKING button.

MAIN ACTIVITY: Onsen Experience at Arima Onsen


Option 01: Shin Kobe Ropeway (Recommended)

Option 02: Nunobiki Herb Gardens (Recommended)

Option 03: Kitano (Recommended)

Option 04: Kobe Harborland

Option 05: Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art

Option 06: Kobe China Town


Arima Onsen is one of the oldest and most important spa towns in Japan. Located just 30 minutes away from Kobe, in Kansai region. Arima Onsen is documented in historical books as one of the most ancient onsen in Japan, and can trace its roots as far back as 1300 years. The first known mention of Arima Onsen is from 631, and it tells of when Emperor Jomei took a bath in the hot spring. Soon after, Arima became known as the emperor’s royal onsen.

We start off in Japan’s second largest metropolitan, Osaka, located just one hour away from Arima Onsen. After picking you up in one of our luxurious private vehicles, we will drive you through some truly spectacular views to Arima Onsen and three destinations of your choice.

Onsen Experience at Arima Onsen

With a history of over one thousand years, Arima Onsen is considered one of Japan’s oldest hot spring resorts and has often stood at or near the top of onsen rankings for Western Japan. The town has two types of hot spring waters which spring up at various sources around town: the Kinsen (“gold water”) is colored brown with iron deposits and is said to be good for skin ailments and muscle pain, while the clear Ginsen (“silver water”) contains radium and carbonate and is said to cure various muscle and joint ailments. Both Kinsen and Ginsen are a key to differentiate Arima Onsen from other onsen around Japan with most valuable quality of hot spring.

Admission fee (separate from Tour price, to be purchased on the spot)



The tour then moves onto best spots in Kobe. Guests can choose three destinations from the following options:


Option 01: Shin-Kobe Ropeway (Recommended)

Shin-Kobe Ropeway is one of three services that lifts tourists up the southern slopes of the Rokko mountain chain. The ropeway departs from next to Shin-Kobe Station, Kobe’s shinkansen station. As it ascends, it passes by the Nunobiki Waterfall and the Nunobiki Herb Garden, giving a nice aerial view of both. The highlight of the ride lies in the observation deck located just beside the top station, which offers spectacular views of Kobe and is a popular night view spot.

Entrance fee (separate from Tour price, to be purchased on the spot)

Round ticket: JPY1500 per person

Option 02: Nunobiki Herb Gardens (Recommended)

Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens are Japan’s largest herb gardens with around 75,000 herbs and flowers of about
200 kinds blooming throughout the year. There are 12 extensive garden areas where visitors are welcomed by seasonal herbs and flowers arranged according to different themes. The picturesque paths follow the flowerbeds resting on the side of the hill, overflowing with the color and fragrance of that particular season.

Entrance fee (separate from Tour price, to be purchased on the spot)

JPY200 per person

Option 03: Kitano (Recommended)

Kitano-cho  is a city district at the foot of the Rokko mountain range where many foreign merchants and diplomats settled after the Port of Kobe was opened to foreign trade in the second half of the 19th century. More than a dozen of the former mansions, known as Ijinkan, remain in the area and are open to the public as museums.

Option 04: Kobe Harborland

Kobe Harborland features an array of large-scale commercial sites, from department stores, superstores, and speciality shops to hotels. This new cityscape, with its seaside sightseeing spots, pier, and pedestrian bridge so perfectly suited to its Kobe surroundings, has gained growing popularity among local residents as well as fans of Kobe from around the world.

Option 05: Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art

The Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art is a modern and contemporary art museum found along the waterfront in the HAT Kobe district. It was built as part of the city’s recovery efforts after the 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake, and was designed by Ando Tadao, one of Japan’s leading contemporary architects who has designed museums on Naoshima, Omotesando Hills and the Tokyo Skytree among other famous buildings.

Entrance fee (separate from Tour price, to be purchased on the spot)

Permanent exhibition: JPY510 per person; admission fee varies for special exhibitions

*Closed on Mondays (or the next day if Monday is a public holiday), New Year holidays

Option 06: Nankinmachi – Kobe China Town

Nankinmachi is a compact Chinatown in central Kobe and a center of the Chinese community in the Kansai Region. The area was developed by Chinese merchants who settled near Kobe Port after the port was opened to foreign trade in 1868. Nankinmachi is a popular tourist attraction and shopping and dining district.

The tour will end with us dropping you off at a location of your choice in Osaka.

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