Welcome to Kinosaki Onsen
Kinosaki Onsen (城崎温泉), on the Japan Sea coast, is the Kansai region's signature onsen resort. A willow-lined canal runs through the town centre, and many of the ryokan and restaurants here retain their traditional charm. Best of all about Kinosaki, however, is its public bathhouse culture; you can splash out on the full ryokan experience or just hop between baths – both, ideally. Though most inns have their own onsen baths, overnight guests clip-clop around the canal to the public ones, in yukata (light cotton kimonos) and geta (wooden sandals).
The most popular time of year to visit is winter (specifically November to March), when matsuba-gani (snow crab), a local speciality, is in season; this is Kinosaki's high season and many accommodations will be pricier.