The Kansai region's "back parlor," which looks its prettiest in fall hues
Arima Onsen is one of Japan's three oldest hot spring resorts, the others being Dogo Onsen and Shirahama Onsen. Nestled deep in the mountains, the "back parlor of Kansai" has been a favorite spot for thermal bathing, as well as leaf-peeping, since ancient times. After a stroll around Zuihoji Park or Koyodani to admire the fall foliage, a soothing soak in the thermal waters feels even better. Fall, the only season that offers this luxurious opportunity, is the best time to visit.
Ailments said to be alleviated by the thermal waters include:
Rheumatism, external injuries, high blood pressure and other conditions