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Regions of Japan

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Kanto Tokai Kansai Chugoku Shikoku Kyushu Okinawa Islands SAPPORO TOKYO NAGOYA OSAKA FUKUOKA FURANO KUSHIRO AOMORI SENDAI FUKUSHIMA NIKKO HAKONE SADO TAKAYAMA KANAZAWA ISE KYOTO NARA HIROSHIMA NAGASAKI KAGOSHIMA NAHA
Hokkaido
Hokkaido
  • Hokkaido
Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush
Tohoku
Tohoku
  • Aomori
  • Akita
  • Iwate
  • Yamagata
  • Miyagi
  • Fukushima
Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan
Hokuriku Shinetsu
Hokuriku Shinetsu
  • Niigata
  • Toyama
  • Ishikawa
  • Fukui
  • Nagano
An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare
Kanto
Kanto
  • Tokyo
  • Kanagawa
  • Chiba
  • Saitama
  • Ibaraki
  • Tochigi
  • Gunma
Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife
Tokai
Tokai
  • Yamanashi
  • Shizuoka
  • Gifu
  • Aichi
  • Mie
Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan
Kansai
Kansai
  • Kyoto
  • Osaka
  • Shiga
  • Hyogo
  • Nara
  • Wakayama
The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara
Chugoku
Chugoku
  • Tottori
  • Shimane
  • Okayama
  • Hiroshima
  • Yamaguchi
Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower
Shikoku
Shikoku
  • Tokushima
  • Kagawa
  • Ehime
  • Kochi
Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving
Kyushu
Kyushu
  • Fukuoka
  • Saga
  • Nagasaki
  • Oita
  • Kumamoto
  • Miyazaki
  • Kagoshima
The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky
Okinawa
Okinawa
  • Okinawa
Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings

Relaxation

Arima Onsen 有馬温泉

Historical and compact onsen complex is impressive and accessible

Explore Arima Onsen, a serene hideaway and local hot springs favorite located not too far from the heart of Kobe and Osaka. Many inns offer overnight and longer stays, but due to the area's compactness, you can experience bathing and other delights within a day.

How to Get There

Arima Onsen is easily accessed by a network of train and bus services.

If you're traveling from Tokyo, take the Tokaido-Sanyo Shinkansen for Hakata and get off at Shin-Kobe Station. This train also goes through Shin-Yokohama, Kyoto, Nagoya and Shin-Osaka Stations. From Shin-Kobe you can get directly to Arima Onsen via highway bus.

Quick Facts

Arima is one of Japan's three ancient hot springs

The area is easily explored by foot

Private ryokan often offer bath access to non-staying guests

One of the area's most famous hot spring towns

Arima Onsen is technically located within the city of Kobe but on the opposite side of Mt. Rokko. Thanks to easy access from Kobe and Osaka, it's an incredibly popular weekend getaway for city dwellers looking to soak up some peace and serenity.

Weaving lanes and traditional wooden buildings

Alongside Dogo Onsen in Ehime Prefecture and Shirahama Onsen in Wakayama Prefecture, Arima is one of Japan's top three ancient hot spring resorts. Documents stretching all the way back to the 8th-century mention Arima Onsen.

Even though the area feels a little more modern today—mainly due to its position as a popular tourist destination—the city center is still home to some small, weaving roads and traditional wooden buildings, giving the area a quintessentially Japanese atmosphere.

Exploring at your own pace

Because of its compact layout, the entire area is easily explored by foot. Arima is home to two public bath houses and a number of ryokan or inns, many of which offer bathing facilities to non-staying visitors during the day.

Going further

Though it makes a great overnight or weekend destination, the area can easily be explored in a day. If you're looking for a little more adventure, neighboring Mt. Rokko has plenty to offer. Take a walk along the narrow paths and witness the mountain's beauty via a ride on the ropeway.

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