The public hot springs in Kinosaki have a small entrance fee, but if you are staying at a local ryokan complimentary entry tickets should be available.
After entering the hot spring, place your shoes/sandals in any open shoe locker located near the entrance (take the key with you) and then pay the entrance fee or hand over your entrance ticket.
The hot springs are divided into male and female sections. Enter your section and locate an open locker in the changing room. After undressing, place your clothes and other belongings into the locker and lock it. The key can be worn around your wrist or ankle so you don’t lose it while in the hot spring. Take your small towel with you as well, if you have it. No bathing suits are allowed in the hot springs, but your small towel can be used to provide a little privacy as you move around inside the hot spring.
As you enter the hot spring you should notice the shower stalls nearby. Locate an open stall, then wash and rinse your body. Body soap, shampoo, conditioner and a wash basin should be available at each stall. After washing be sure to thoroughly rinse away any soap or shampoo from your body.
After rinsing you can enter any of the hot springs you like. Many hot springs have a variety of indoor and outdoor bathes and saunas that you can try. If your towel gets wet while you are soaking be sure to wring it dry while you are outside of the bath and not inside.
When you are finished, return to the changing room where you can dry off and dress. Some of the public hot springs may have hair dryers available for use with a small charge so be sure to carry a few extra coins or bring your own towel for drying. Leave the locker key in the lock for the next person.
We hope you enjoyed your hot spring experience!
Many ryokan in Kinosaki have private hot spring facilities for use by their guests. The available amenities will vary by location, but the way to enjoy them should be basically the same as above.