Top things to do in Kinosaki Onsen

Steak in Kinosaki Onsen

Irori Dining Mikuni

Mikuni serves local speciality Tajima-gyū (a high-end brand of Japanese beef). Different cuts are served different ways, and not just as steaks: sirloin, for example, is seared and sliced thin, served over rice (¥46…
Sushi in Kinosaki Onsen


This is an elegant sushi counter, frequented by locals, offering reasonably priced set meals. In winter you can sample local crab sourced from Tsuiyama harbour, just 10 minutes away, in a variety of ways, from kani-…
Seafood in Kinosaki Onsen


Located above a fish market, this casual restaurant is a popular local spot for kaisen-don (raw seafood on rice; ¥1400 to ¥1950), but there are also tempura and grilled items on the menu. Between November and March …
Cave in Kinosaki Onsen


Genbudō is the largest of the five caves at this site, part of San-in Kaigan National Park, with other-worldly surfaces of pillar-like ripples formed by basalt lava 1.6 million years ago.
Noodles in Kinosaki Onsen


Soba and udon are handmade here using local ingredients; try the house speciality, kamo-zaru (chilled soba served on a bamboo mat with hot broth and duck meat on the side). It's a small, cosy place that paints a pic…
Cafe in Kinosaki Onsen

Cafe & Bar 3rd

With convenient early hours and open generously late, this simple spot serves pour-over coffee, with beans from cult-fave Tokyo roaster Onibus, and local Kinosaki beer. Breakfast (¥950), served until 10am, is toast …
Izakaya in Kinosaki Onsen


This tiny izakaya (Japanese pub-eatery) serves satisfying classics like agedashi-tofu (creamy, deep-fried tofu) and yaki-zakana (grilled fish), paired with body- and soul-warming sake.
Museum in Kinosaki Onsen

Kinosaki Strawcraft Museum

This tiny museum in a former kura (storehouse) displays mugiwara-zaiku (barley-straw crafts) practised locally since 1716. Straw is dyed and cut into tiny pieces, then applied to wood to form incredibly intricate, b…
Pub Food in Kinosaki Onsen


This craft-beer pub near the town centre has four locally brewed house beers on tap and a diverse menu that includes dishes with Tajima beef, such as curry and gyū-don (simmered beef on rice).
Seafood in Kinosaki Onsen

Daikō Shōten

This huge (by local standards) casual restaurant has an equally huge menu of local seafood served fried, grilled, sautéed or as sashimi. You can't go wrong with kaisen-don (raw seafood over rice). There are picture …