Kamiobo, Arima Onsen

Do you know real Arima Onsen?

Arima is counted among Thee Ancient Springs and is near big cities like Osaka and Kobe so some of you may have been there.

However, this historical spa city is facing depletion of the water; therefore, there are few inns providing real spring water that is not artificially processed.

Walk-in Available Only in Short Time


Arima Onsen is over 1,000 years old so that the streets are surprisingly narrow.

The inn, Kamiobo is right beside the atmospheric street.

The rate for walk-in is 1,000 yen.

Be aware that walk-in is available only from 3 PM to 6 PM.

Encounter real Arima Onsen

There are two tubs in a steamy room.


The left opaque water is so-called Golden Spring that is piped from Tenjin-sengen behind the building.

The right tub is filled with tap water and not so-called Silver Spring.

Arima Tenjinja

For your information, here is the Tenjin-sengen, the source of the hot spring bubbling in a shrine.

Tenjin Sengen

The water is hardly transparent, has metallic smell and looks like richly textured soup that includes iron and salt.

Golden Spring

So much material is contained that you will notice your body floating as if it were Dead Sea.


After a moment, you will feel intensely heated from inside.

It is completely magic that such hot water comes out from the non-volcanic area and we cannot help but celebrate the mystery of the nature.

Water outlet

There are no artificial processes to cool the water; they use a bamboo with several holes and let water expose cool air bit by bit.

Still it is too hot for soak so be careful.

Kamiobo, Arima Onsen, Kobe-shi, Hyogo, Japan
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