7 New Sweet Stops at Kinosaki Onsen

LOS ANGELES, CA, November 22, 2022 /24-7PressRelease/ — By the end of next month, winter will be closing in on the hot spring town of Kinosaki Onsen. As the white powder-coated streets set the stage for a magical winter wonderland (the crunch of geta sandals against the snow is a symbolic sound of the season), shop owners are also eager to welcome the cold guests in their cheerful and cozy cafes. Be sure to check out these seven newly opened cafes and shops during your next hot springs adventure this coming winter:

1. Paradi
Paradi is a newly established French-inspired bakery inside a formerly abandoned building on quiet Kiyamachi street. Freshly baked bread, croissants, and sweets are sold to passers-by who appreciate the ever-changing scenery of this hidden path, ranging from cherry blossoms in spring, snow in winter, and vibrant foliage in fall.

2. Motosue
Located just a few steps from Kinosaki Onsen Station, Motosue is a very popular bakery that specializes in NON-GMO “tamago pan” (known as egg bread in English). Four times a day at 10:00, 11:30, 14:00 and 15:30, visitors line up in front of the store waiting for freshly baked bread to come out of the oven.

3. Flower cake
Located just ten meters from Goshono-yu, Bloom Cake accommodates hot spring lovers on the go with its flower-covered cakes sold from its vending machine shop. One of these handmade sweet bean and cream cakes is 500 JPY and they are only available on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, so make sure you stop by on the weekend.

4. Book Coffee A
Book Cafe Un is Kinosaki Onsen’s modern spin on the city’s tradition of being a haven for the arts, furnished with modern lamps, book sculptures, and even private workspaces inspired by the popular symbols found around Kinosaki. Those looking for a cozy haven during their stay can drop in for a coffee and some sweet treats while browsing the endless walls of books that line the cafe. Dorayaki, two small pancakes filled with Japanese bean paste and flavored filling, is Book Cafe Un’s staple sweet treat.

5. Alter Ego MATIC
Alter Ego MATIC, a fashion cafe representing Toyooka’s “bag street”, is owned by the chief designer of Alter Ego, a certified Toyooka Kaban bag boutique. Customers ordering their sweets and drinks on the first floor will receive a warm welcome from Hachibei, MATIC’s friendly pet dog and model for Alter Ego bags. MATIC’s interior is decked out with sewing machines, shabby-chic leather work, and a rustic wood finish. Toyooka’s unique willow pouch-inspired ice cream sandwiches are local favorites found at this cafe.

6. Vanilla Yuagari
Especially popular with young travelers and couples, Yuagari Vanilla is a newly opened ice cream parlor serving soft drinks, parfaits, and other fun treats. One of their most popular treats is three hearts of chocolate-coated vanilla ice cream served on a lollipop stick, a perfect quick snack between hot springs.

7. Katashima Seikodo
As Kinosaki Onsen prides itself on its culinary culture and hospitality, Katashima Seikodo combines both concepts with its gluten-free menu that includes pastries and French canneles (small pie-like pastries with various toppings). The store is located in Kiyamachi Square, adjacent to Kiyamachi Street, and has gained notoriety particularly for its canned cake vending machine. Whether it’s a small helping of cannelles or a quick stop for a pastry, Katashima Seikodo is the perfect gluten-free sweet shop in town.

Kinosaki Onsen is a town of consecrated hot springs dating back 1,300 years. It is home to seven public baths, all located within walking distance of each other and the train station. Guests are encouraged to wear yukata and geta, stroll around town, and onsen hopping.

Toyooka is a downtown area where the eastern white stork lives, a bird that recovered from extinction in Toyooka. The city’s efforts restored the population of eastern white storks, and now more than 250 soar in the skies of Japan. Toyooka is also known for the Genbudo caves.

Izushi is the resident castle town, popular for its atmosphere reminiscent of Edo-era Japan. It is home to many interesting attractions including castle ruins, a samurai house, a kabuki theater, and a clock tower. The city’s specialty is Izushi Sara Soba, buckwheat noodles served in small portions on small plates.

Kannabe is a hilly area with fun activities throughout the year. In the winter, you can go skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, and sledding. In the warm months, one can go camping, paraglide, fish, tree climb and more. Kannabe is the perfect destination for adventurers.

Takeno is a quaint fishing village that is a hidden gem on the north coast of Hyogo Prefecture. The beach has clear, blue waters, while the surrounding mountains offer excellent hiking opportunities. You are encouraged to stroll through the quiet village, where you can find small shops and traditional landscapes.

Tanto is a sleepy country town with magnificent nature, including a giant field of tulips in spring and bright red-leaved trees in fall.

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