Osaka Departure: 'Kounotori' Express Journey to San'in Coast Geopark – Marvel at Genbudo Cave's Majestic Basalt Columns and Unwind in Kinosaki Onsen
What we'll do
Set out from Osaka and embark on a serene 4-hour journey aboard the 'Kounotori' Express, destined for the San'in Coast Geopark. While we won't venture inside Genbudo Cave, you'll be captivated by its awe-inspiring basalt columns, a testament to nature's artistry. Our adventure doesn't stop there. I'll whisk you away to Kinosaki Onsen. After our guided experience concludes, I suggest you to embrace the age-old tradition of 'Sotoyu Meguri', hopping between the town's various hotspring baths. Experience the harmonious blend of natural wonder and rejuvenation on this unforgettable day.
There are several gates at Osaka Station. Please come to the front of the Railway Tourist Information Center located near the central gate.
- Price per person (tax included)
- 84,700 JPY - / person
- Max participants
- Up to 8 people
- Hosted in English
- Things you need to know before the tour
1. Transportation costs from Osaka to Kinosaki Onsen and the admission fee for Genbudo Cave are NOT included in the tour price. (Freelance tour guides are prohibited by law from arranging your tickets and other services. Please understand this.
Transportation from Osaka to Toyooka costs approximately 8,000 yen per person. Other local cab fare is required.)
2. Kindly have a light meal on the train for lunch. I recommend purchasing a boxed lunch or a sandwich beforehand.
3. We aim to disband around 15:00 at Kinosaki Onsen. However, this schedule might vary significantly depending on the day's weather and traffic conditions.
4. If you wish to arrange for a dedicated guide from Genbudo Cave Park, please notify us in advance. Please note that the dedicated staff from Genbudo Cave Park does not speak English, so I will serve as your interpreter.
5. The tour concludes in Kinosaki Onsen. If you choose not to visit Kinosaki Onsen, please inform me ahead of time.
6. After the conclusion at Kinosaki Onsen, you're free to explore the area at your leisure.
7. This itinerary is designed assuming participants might wish to spend a night in Kinosaki Onsen or Toyooka. Please note that the return journey to Osaka is not included in the tour.
It is the central station of Osaka.
We will meet here and board the 8:00 a.m. KOUNOTORI limited express train.
This station is convenient for access to the San'in Kaigan Geopark and Kinosaki Onsen. We will get off the train here, scheduled to arrive around 12:30 p.m. We will pick up a cab and head for Genbudo.
Nestled within the vast expanse of the San'in Coast Geopark, a designated UNESCO Global Geopark, lies the intriguing Genbudo Cave. The Geopark, stretching along the coast of the Sea of Japan, is a treasure trove of natural wonders, showcasing the Earth's history and the geological processes that have shaped the region.
Genbudo Cave stands as a testament to this rich history. Formed over 1.6 million years ago, Genbudo offers a captivating glimpse into the Earth's past. While it's technically not a cave in the traditional sense, Genbudo is renowned for its stunning basalt columns, formed from the rapid cooling of molten lava. These hexagonal columns provide a unique window into volcanic activities of ages past.
Visitors to Genbudo can marvel at these formations and gain an appreciation for the dynamic forces that have shaped not only this unique site but the entire San'in Coast Geopark. Whether you're a geology enthusiast or simply someone seeking to connect with nature's ancient artistry, Genbudo Cave is a must-visit within the Geopark's many offerings.
Japan is renowned for its plethora of hot springs, each offering a unique blend of relaxation, culture, and history. Among these, Kinosaki Onsen stands out in both tradition and experience.
What sets Kinosaki Onsen apart from other hot spring towns is its distinctive 'Sotoyu Meguri'. Unlike the typical onsen experience where visitors stay and bathe within a single ryokan or facility, Kinosaki encourages a kind of "hot spring pilgrimage". The town boasts seven public bathhouses or 'sotoyu', and guests are invited to wander from one to another, immersing themselves in different waters and atmospheres at each stop. This offers a dynamic experience, allowing visitors to feel the varying therapeutic benefits and architectural styles each bathhouse provides.
Further elevating the Kinosaki experience is the town's cultural ambiance. Guests are often seen strolling the charming streets in traditional 'yukata' (light cotton kimonos) and 'geta' (wooden sandals), lending an air of timelessness to their journey. The backdrop of willow-lined canals and historical wooden buildings makes the experience all the more enchanting.
Where many hot springs in Japan offer a retreat into nature or a luxurious stay in a ryokan, Kinosaki Onsen intertwines the bathing experience with the cultural fabric of the town itself. It's not just about the rejuvenating properties of the water but about being part of a living, breathing tradition.
In essence, a visit to Kinosaki Onsen is both a sensory delight and a cultural journey, setting it distinctly apart from other onsen destinations.
Today is always the most enjoyable day.
Hello, my name is Taku. I have been guiding visitors to Japan as an interpreter guide mainly in the Kansai area since 2015. I do not have any special expertise, but I aim to provide friendly guidance so that you feel as if you are visiting your relatives living in Japan. If you want to enjoy your trip, please contact me.