[Movie] Introduce Arima Hot Springs
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Tousen Shrine honors the three Gods (known as Oonamuchinomikoto, Sukunahikonanomikoto, and Kumanokusuminomikoto), who are considered to be the earliest discoverers of the Arima region. There are many readings for the name "Tousen", including "Touzen" and "Yuno", but "Tousen" is the most common pronunciation. Tousen Shrine has, along with the Arima and Kuchi shrines, been listed as a public shrine since 927.
Onsen Temple was built by a Buddhist monk named Gyouki, who visited Arima Onsen under the guidance of Yakushinyorai (one of Buddhist Gods) in 724. Gyouki and the monk Ninsai are now honored with wooden sculptures, which are washed with hot-spring water every year on January 2nd. Many other treasures can be found at Onsen Temple including a statue known as Hairataishouryu, which has been registered as an important cultural property.
Situated behind Onsen Temple, Misoshian is home to the statues of Gyouki and Ninsai. These monks are honoured for their restoration of the Arima area, the historical background of which is explained in Misoshian's documentary video.
Negai no Niwa (Wish garden)
Another statue of Gyouki can be found in this small stone garden in front of Nenbutsu Temple. You will also find statues of the three crows who, as the story goes, led three gods to this hot-spring region.
Taikou no Yudonokan (Resource center about the Yuyama Goten excavation)
Taikou no Yudonokan was built to mark the reconstruction of Kokuraku Temple, following the severe damage that it suffered during the Great Hanshin-Awaji earthquake. Previously buried areas such as the garden and bath space were later discovered and restored. Hideyoshi's Yuyama Goten (palace) stood on this spot over 400 years ago, but it was later destroyed by Tokugawa, who built Kokuraku Temple and Nenbutsu Temple in it's place.
Nenbutsu Temple is thought of as Nene(Hideyoshi's first wife)'s second house. The garden named "Sharajuen" is beautiful and includes a 250 year-old large paired sal tree. Late-June is best time to admire this sight; every June, a viewing event is held for visitors to admire the flowers of the paired sal tree while enjoying the sound of koto (Japanese harps). Nenbutsu is one of the temples for Kobe's Seven Deities of Good Fortune.
There are numerous sources of hot-spring water throughout this area. Your expectation will increase once you see steam coming off a hot spring.
If you climb up a stone stairway before you get to the Tourist Information Center, you will see the main gate of Zenpuku-ji Temple. It was founded by Gyoki and rebuilt by Ninsai. The image of Shoutoku-Taishi was a work in the fourteenth century and designated as a national important cultural property. Single-petaled flowers of a weeping cherry tree which is more than 200 years old is called Itozakura and designated as one of the trees of Kobe residents’. A big iron teakettle is named “Amidado-gama(kettle)”, because Hideyoshi ordered Rikyu to have Tenkaichi-Yojiro make it like the shape of the chief priest’s head at Amidado. Cherry Blossoms Tea Ceremony is held after the Cherry Blossoms Festival on April every year.
This was an annex of Higashi Honganji and called "Arima Gobou" in the Edo era. A ume(Japanese apricot) tree with red blossoms in the precincts is more than 200 years old and was named Mikaibeni by Juukyuuse-Jounyo-Shounin, because the buds were also red even before they opened. Women who ate these fruits were believed to be blessed with children, so that this tree has been called "Harami-no-ume" or "Nimushin-no-ume".
Masuike (Man-made fishing spot with rainbow trout)
Fishing beginners will certainly enjoy a trip to Masuike, and it's a perfect place for small children to have their first fishing experience.
You'll see this park after walking out of Arima Onsen station and turning right. There is waterfall with simulated hot-spring steam in the center, and a statue of Hideyoshi (who loved Arima Onsen) on your right. Hideyoshi faces across the Arima River towards a statue of Nene, his first wife. Meanwhile, a statue of Kappa (a fictional water imp), stands in the middle of the park. This was donated by Sapporo's Jyozankei Onsen in 1993 to mark the 20th anniversary of the two regions' association.
Attractions accessible by bus or train
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