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Kinugawa/Kawaji

An onsen resort that has been famous from times long past for its two hot springs referred to as “Kawaji for injuries and Taki (Kinugawa) fo burns.” In addition to the many onsen ryokans and hotels along the beautiful Kinugawa River that flows down a precipice, there are various theme parks and skiing grounds that attract many tourists regardless of the season.

Kinugawa Hot Springs

Japanese-style inns and hotels line the magnificent Kinugawa River valley. This area has developed into a leading hot spring resorts because of its convenient transportation access from the Tokyo metropolitan area. The simple alkaline hot spring is effective for healing neuralgia and fatigue. The surrounding environment shows different aspects by season, and is particularly impressive in the seasons of fresh greenery, autumnal tints and snow.

Kawaji Hot Springs

A quiet hot spring resort nestled in the valley where the Ojika River and the Kinugawa River merge. Since around 1723 when the spa is believed to have been discovered, Kawaji has prospered as a post town along the Aizu Nishi Street by attracting travelers and guests coming to cure diseases. Although large hotels with modern facilities have been built by the river in recent years, this area retains a traditional atmosphere exclusive to hot spring resorts. The simple alkaline hot spring is efficacious for neuralgia and rheumatism. This area is particularly beautiful in the seasons of verdant green and fall colors.

Ryuokyo Ravine

Volcanic rocks, formed as a result of underwater volcanic activity some 22 million years ago, have been eroded by the flow of the Kinugawa River, producing a dynamic vista reminding viewers of a dragon wiggling along the river bank. The nature trail along the river is the best place to admire the beautiful valley that changes its appearance by season.

Kinugawa River Boat Rides

Japanese-style boats accommodating 30 people go on a 40-minute ride for some 6 km down the Kinugawa River. The boatman’s skillful rowing enables passengers to enjoy a dynamic, thrilling ride while admiring the remarkable scenery produced by unusual rocks and intriguing stones.

Nijimi-no-taki Falls

This is fall located at the center of the Ryuokyo Ravine. One can see rainbows on a fine day from the solar radiation being reflected by the spray of waterfall.

Kawaji Dam

It is an arch shaped dam that is the third largest in Japan. The height of the dam is 140m and stores 83 million cubic meters of water. When converted into drum cans, this equals to about 400 million drum cans. Six floodgates open during a discharge and dynamic scenery of water falling as it makes a roaring sound can be enjoyed.

Ryuosai Festival

This festival is the main festival of the Kinugawa River and Kawaji Hot Spring area. A variety of portable shrines are paraded in the street, and folk entertainments are staged and Ryuo drum playing is demonstrated as an offering to the god of the Ryuo Shrine.

Kinugawa Boshin Kaido Road

Kinugawa onsen resort is where the troops of the Shogunate Government at Edo were positioned to stop the advancement of the troops of the new government. The Kyu Aizu Nishi Kaido Road that runs through this area is now called “Kinugawa Boshin Kaido Road” to hand down to posterity the history of this area.

Kinugawa Park

With flowers blossoming at each season and the beauty of the autumn leaves, it is a park perfect for strolling through after taking a dip in the hot springs. Fountains and grassy areas are provided for relaxing at leisure.