Kinosaki, Hyōgo

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For the Japanese train service, see Kinosaki (train).
Kinosaki onsen resort

Kinosaki (城崎町 Kinosaki-chō?) was a town located in Kinosaki District, Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan.

As of 2003, the town had an estimated population of 4,169 and a population density of 133.66 persons per km². The total area was 31.19 km².

On April 1, 2005, Kinosaki, along with the towns of Hidaka and Takeno (all from Kinosaki District), and the towns of Izushi and Tantō (both from Izushi District), was merged into the expanded city of Toyooka and no longer exists as an independent municipality.

Onsen resort[edit]

Kinosaki is famous as a resort area, with onsen (Japanese hot springs). In 1913, the writer Shiga Naoya came to Kinosaki and stayed there for three weeks. Kinosaki provided inspiration for his short story, Kinosaki ni te or "In Kinosaki".

A feature is the fountains in the square where mesh bags of eggs can be immersed and boiled while you wait. There are several small ponds of running hot water where one can sit by the edge of the road and relax while soaking one's feet. A ropeway at the far end of the street take visitors to the lookout or one can walk there.

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