Arima Onsen is a hot spring village located in Hyogo Prefecture’s Kobe City.
It’s one of the three oldest hot springs in Japan as well as a popular hot spring facility recognized as one of the best in the country. In addition to the superb quality of the hot springs, there’s a long-established hot spring village where you can enjoy sightseeing, delicious eats, and souvenirs! Many foreign guests flock to this resort to explore all that it has to offer.
Here we will introduce Arima Onsen-an attractive tourist attraction where tradition meets innovation!

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Getting to Arima Onsen

Arima Onsen is also called Kansai no okuzashiki – a quiet retreat in the Kansai region. It’s surrounded by nature while being close and easily accessible from major cities.
From Kobe City
・Car: Arima Onsen is around a 20-minute drive from Kobe City. From the Hanshin Expressway Route 32 Shin-Kobe tunnel, it takes five minutes off the Arimaguchi Interchange on the Hanshin Expressway No.7 Kitakobe Route.
・Train: It takes around 30 minutes from JR Sannomiya Station to Arima Onsen Station by transferring onto both the Kobe Municipal Subway and the Kobe Electric Railway. Express buses also take approximately 30 minutes.
From Osaka
・Drive: It’s approximately a 60-minute drive from Osaka. You can take the Kinki Expressway’s Suita Junction to the Chugoku Expressway’s Nishinomiya-Yamaguchi Junction and get off at the Hanshin Expressway No.7 Kitakobe Route on the Nishinomiya-Yamaguchi-minami Interchange. This trip takes eight minutes. If you’re driving from the Chugoku Expressway,
be aware that you can’t get off at the Arimaguchi Interchange on the Hanshin Expressway Kita-Kobe Line.
・Train: Take the JR Kobe Line and get off at JR Sannomiya Station. From here, you can take the same route that you would take from Kobe Station. It takes around an hour from JR Osaka Station.
Hankyu Sightseeing Bus Co., Ltd. (the page is only in Japanese)
From Osaka International Airport (Itami Airport)
There’s also a way to get to Arima Onsen from Osaka International Airport (Itami Airport) by bus. The bus departs from JR Osaka Station, passes through Shin-Osaka Station, where the Shinkansen stops, and goes to Arima Onsen via Osaka International Airport. It takes approximately 60 minutes from JR Osaka Station and 30 minutes from Osaka International Airport.
All seats must be reserved online beforehand. (As of August 2022, the direct express bus from Osaka International Airport to Arima Onsen is suspended, and on…

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