Kinosaki Onsen station is easily accessed by JR trains from all of the major train stations in the Kansai Area of Western Japan. Holders of the JR rail pass or Kansai Wide Area pass can access Kinosaki Onsen on JR lines for free.
Access from Kyoto / Osaka / Kobe / Himeji
The fastest and easiest way to access Kinosaki Onsen is by limited express train. Many limited express trains go directly to Kinosaki Onsen with no transfer needed. Check the table above for suggested trains. Limited express train time schedules are available here and you can also search for train times/routes on Hyperdia. Check-in time for Nishimuraya Honkan is 3:00 pm.
Access from Kansai International Airport (KIX)
From Kansai International Airport, take a train or bus to Osaka, Shin-Osaka, Kyoto, or Kobe (Sannomiya Station) and transfer to limited express train for Kinosaki Onsen.
Access from Tokyo
Take a bullet train (shinkansen) to Kyoto or Shin Osaka and transfer to a limited express train for Kinosaki Onsen. Please note that rail passes cannot be used on the fastest Nozomi bullet trains (use the Hikari bullet train, instead). It takes about 5:30 from Tokyo to Kinosaki Onsen.
Access from Hiroshima / Okayama / Kyushu
If you are coming to Kinosaki from the direction of Hiroshima / Okayama / Kyushu, take a bullet train (shinkansen) to a major city like Himeji, Kobe (Sannomiya), or Osaka and change to a limited express train for Kinosaki Onsen.
How do I get tickets for limited express trains?
Tickets can be bought from special limited express ticket machines or ticket offices located at any major JR station. If you have a valid rail pass, go to a ticket office and show your pass to get a ticket.
Free Shuttle Bus to Nishimuraya Honkan
The Ryokan Association operates a complimentary shuttle bus from Kinosaki Onsen Station to all participating ryokan in Kinosaki. The shuttle bus departs after arrival of certain limited express trains. On arrival, tell the waiting shuttle stuff that you are staying at "Nishimuraya Honkan". Contact us with your train arrival time before your check-in day. * see this schedule for shuttle availability.
Walking to Nishimuraya Honkan
Baggage check (09:00-17:00 / 200 JPY per item) available at Ryokan Service Center across street from the station. It takes about 15-20 minutes to walk from Kinosaki Onsen Station to Nishimuraya Honkan. Here is a walking map of Kinosaki Onsen.
* From Hidaka-Kanabekogen IC to Kinosaki Onsen it takes about 35 minutes.
* During the winter, chain/winter tire requirements and road closures are sometimes enforced.
* Always check road conditions before departing.
* We provide complimentary valet parking service at Nishimuraya Honkan
There are usually two flights per-day between Osaka International Airport (Itami) and Tajima Konotori Airport. During the winter, especially, flights can be delayed or cancelled due to weather conditions. Check flight conditions before departure.
* Travel times are approximate. Always confirm your schedule before departure.