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70115-0005 - Kinosaki Onsen hot spring, 1920s

Kinosaki 1920s
Kinosaki

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Medium Postcard
Period Showa
Location Kinosaki
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The hot spring town of Kinosaki Onsen in northern Hyogo Prefecture has a history that reaches back many centuries.

According to local legend a hot spring sprang forth in 717 A.D. after the priest Dochi-Shonin prayed here for one thousand consecutive days. The buddhist temple Onsenji was built to honor the priest and on April 23rd and 24th a festival is still held to commemorate his miraculous feat.

Beautifully located along the Otani River, it is lined with a large number of community bathhouses. Especially famous are Satono-yu, Ichino-yu, Jizo-yu and Kono-yu. Kono-yu’s name originates from another famous local legend about a stork that used a spring in this location to heal its wounds. Its name actually means stork’s hot spring.

Kinosaki became a household word in Japan thanks to the novel _Kinosaki ni te (At Kinosaki) by Japanese novelist Naoya Shiga.

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Duits, Kjeld (). Kinosaki 1920s: Kinosaki, OLD PHOTOS of JAPAN. Retrieved on June 26, 2022 (GMT) from https://www.oldphotosjapan.com/photos/147/kinosaki

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