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Kyoto Onsens

Are there any onsens reasonably close to Kyoto? Thank you.

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The Japanese Guesthouses web site has several listed:

japaneseguesthouses.com/db/kyoto/index.htm

It is a reliable web site for making reservations.

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Kurama in northern Kyoto is very, very nice. Check it out and see if it appeals to you. The surrounding area is beautiful...

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Site looks good. Is there day only visits (not sleep) and how far from Gion area where I will stay?

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kurama is about 40min by train from kyoto center. the area up there is good for hiking, very pretty. depending on what time of year you are going, you can have lunch in kibune (neighboring town) where the ryokan along the river set up platform over the water.

http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3933.html

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Excuse my ignorance but what is an Onsen? Is it a relaxing Japanese guesthouse with hot baths etc?

Also, I can't seem to see prices for single occupancy on the Japaneseguesthouses.com website?

Thank you!

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See images of onsen:

…way-nifty.com/photos/image/index.html

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onsen is a natural hot spring bath. ryokan is a traditional japanese guesthouse. ryokan may often have onsen. single occupancy can be hard to find for ryokan. some places won't take a single guest. if a ryokan will take a single guest, the rate will be pretty high (much higher than half of a 2-guest room rate). you can contact the ryokan directly to see if they'll take a single guest.

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Kurama looks great. Is it worth the trip if you've got only 2 days in Kyoto in total. Also is it require difficult hiking to enjoy as my girlfriend has bad knees so cannot walk steep paths etc (or is it more leisurely walk)?

Is the Onsen open at nite, hence it maybe worth a late afternoon train ride and then early evening (and return back to Kyoto for sleep)?

Shot any idea on day trip prices?

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Kurama is a good trip if you've done everything in Kyoto city that you want. I started the hike on the Kibune side and my sister stopped following me after 5 min and called it a "death hike". But then you see 60yo ladies doing the hike in heels so depends on how you feel. This is the hike that connects Kibune and Kurama. You can just do easier stroll around town too.

You can find some info you need on these sites

http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3933.html

http://www.kurama-onsen.co.jp/index_e.html

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OP,

Never made it to Kurama myself, so have no comment.

But the link above provided by trippyNYC (nice avatar) shows:

www.kurama-onsen.co.jp/plan01_e/index.html

The rate is 1000yen per person.