Arima Onsen (有馬温泉) is a famous hot spring town within the city in Kita-ku of Kobe, but on the opposite side of Mount Rokko from the city center. This Onsen is still a hidden treasure of modern Kobe, behind Mount Rokko. Onsen in Kobe is Japan’s most ancient hot spring resort town, thought to be founded over 1,000 years ago. Arima Onsen in Hyogo Prefecture is said to be the oldest Onsen (hot springs) town in Japan with a lot of history.
Person who want to visit Arima Onsen can enjoy a hot spring bath at two public bath houses or in many ryokan cities. Many ryokans open rooms for guests who do not stay during the day. In general, the entrance fee for a day trip is between 500 and 2,500 yen.
How to get there:
- By train
From Sannomiya or Shin-Kobe Station, take the subway to Tanigami Station (10-15 minutes, 4-5 departures per hour). Then, take the Shintetsu Arima-Sanda Line to Arima-guchi and transfer to the Arima Line to Arima Onsen Station (20 minutes, 4 departures per hour). The entire journey takes 30-40 minutes and costs 740 yen from Shin-Kobe and 930 yen from Sannomiya Station.
- By direct bus from Kobe
Hankyu and Shinki Bus operate local buses from Sannomiya Station (50 minutes) via Shin-Kobe Station (35 minutes) to Arima Onsen (using bus stop 1 on the map). The one way trip costs 700 yen and buses depart once or twice an hour. Alternatively, JR Bus operates about seven highway buses per day from Shin-Kobe Station (50 minutes) via Sannomiya Station (30 minutes) to Arima Onsen (using bus stop 2 on the map). The one way trip costs 770 yen. The Japan Rail Pass and other JR passes are not valid on any of these buses.
- By direct bus from Osaka
Hankyu Bus and JR Bus operate one or two highway buses per hour from Hankyu Umeda Station or JR Osaka Station (60 minutes, 1370 yen) via Shin-Osaka Station (50 minutes, 1230 yen) to Arima Onsen. In Arima, Hankyu Bus uses bus stop 1 on the map, while JR Bus uses bus stop 2. The Japan Rail Pass and other JR passes are not valid on either bus. Online reservations are possible through Japan Bus Online.
- By direct bus from Kyoto
JR Bus operate two or three highway buses per day from Kyoto Station (Karasuma side) to Arima Onsen (bus stop 2 on the map, 70 minutes, 1800 yen one way). The Japan Rail Pass and other JR passes are not valid on these buses. Online reservations can be made through Japan Bus Online.
By cablecar and ropeway via Mount Rokko
- From Sannomiya Station, take the Hankyu Kobe Line to Rokko Station (7 minutes, 190 yen), from where it is a ten minute, 210 yen bus ride by Kobe City Bus number 16 to the base station of the Rokko Cablecar.
- The cablecar ride up the mountain takes ten minutes and costs 590 yen one way or 1000 yen for a round trip ticket. From the top station, take the circular bus line to the top station of the Rokko Arima Ropeway (ten minutes, 260 yen), which brings you down to Arima Onsen (12 minutes, 1010 yen one way, 1820 yen round trip).