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Kinosaki and Fukuchiyama 城崎と福知山

One of the most celebrated, historic onsen (hot spring) resorts in the Kansai region, Kinosaki sits at the northern edge of Hyōgo Prefecture, just inland from the Sea of Japan. Famous for its winter crab, the small resort retains a very traditional atmosphere, with geta and yukata-clad visitors slowly strolling from bathhouse to bathhouse along its willow-lined canal.

A former castle town and the fifth-largest city in Kyōto Prefecture, Fukuchiyama sits in the mountainous upper interior of the Kansai Region close to Hyōgo-ken. Mostly a sleepy provincial city, it is most notable for its tastefully reconstructed castle.
Kita-Kinki Limited Express train at Toyooka Station
Kita-Kinki Limited Express train at Toyooka Station
Goshono-yu bathhouse in central Kinosaki
Goshono-yu bathhouse in central Kinosaki
Young couple in yukata on the main street
Young couple in yukata on the main street
Bathers strolling past the ryokan and shops
Bathers strolling past the ryokan and shops
Visitors outside the Ichino-yu bathhouse
Visitors outside the Ichino-yu bathhouse
Ichino-yu
Ichino-yu
The center of Kinosaki Onsen
The center of Kinosaki Onsen
Ōtani-gawa and bare willow trees
Ōtani-gawa and bare willow trees
View eastwards from beside the canal
View eastwards from beside the canal
Bridge lantern and storefronts beyond
Bridge lantern and storefronts beyond
Looking westwards up the Ōtani canal
Looking westwards up the Ōtani canal
Main street leading to the rail station
Main street leading to the rail station
Streetside bar on the main drag
Streetside bar on the main drag
Crab restaurant along the main street
Crab restaurant along the main street
Main street and its many shops and lodgings
Main street and its many shops and lodgings
Fish restaurant
Fish restaurant
Display of geta (wooden sandals)
Display of geta (wooden sandals)
Mandara-yu bathhouse
Mandara-yu bathhouse
JR Kinosaki Onsen Station
JR Kinosaki Onsen Station
Local walking beside the canal
Local walking beside the canal
Row of old shops across the canal
Row of old shops across the canal
Yanagi-yu bathhouse
Yanagi-yu bathhouse
Pair of older bathers leaving Ichino-yu
Pair of older bathers leaving Ichino-yu
Young couple walking down a quiet backstreet
Young couple walking down a quiet backstreet
Dinner spread at the ryokan
Dinner spread at the ryokan
Crab legs with dipping sauce
Crab legs with dipping sauce
Fresh sashimi platter
Fresh sashimi platter
Nabe (hotpot) set beside the other dishes
Nabe (hotpot) set beside the other dishes
Central Kinosaki by night
Central Kinosaki by night
Gloomy view down the Ōtani-gawa
Gloomy view down the Ōtani-gawa
Empty main street of Kinosaki by night
Empty main street of Kinosaki by night
Crane statue outside the station area
Crane statue outside the station area
Kinosaki Onsen station surrounds
Kinosaki Onsen station surrounds
Glimpse of Fukuchiyama-jō from the train
Glimpse of Fukuchiyama-jō from the train
Outside JR Fukuchiyama Station
Outside JR Fukuchiyama Station
Modernized stretch of central Fukuchiyama
Modernized stretch of central Fukuchiyama
Approaching Fukuchiyama Castle
Approaching Fukuchiyama Castle
Ramshackle old house below the donjon
Ramshackle old house below the donjon
View over the city from outside the castle
View over the city from outside the castle
Fukuchiyama-jō's reconstructed donjon
Fukuchiyama-jō's reconstructed donjon
Upper section of the donjon
Upper section of the donjon
Small shrine at Fukuchiyama-jō
Small shrine at Fukuchiyama-jō
Looking out from the top of the castle
Looking out from the top of the castle
The relatively low-rise center of Fukuchiyama
The relatively low-rise center of Fukuchiyama
Reconstructed gate at Fukuchiyama-jō
Reconstructed gate at Fukuchiyama-jō
Southern flank of the donjon
Southern flank of the donjon
Rail bridge and mountains beyond
Rail bridge and mountains beyond
Descending from the castle
Descending from the castle
Ultra-retro shopping arcade
Ultra-retro shopping arcade
Manhole cover depicting traditional festivities
Manhole cover depicting traditional festivities
Remnants of old Fukuchiyama
Remnants of old Fukuchiyama
The happening nightlife district of Fukuchiyama
The happening nightlife district of Fukuchiyama