Today we went to Arima Onsen, a cute little onsen town in Kobe.
The river was landscaped very beautifully.
There was a beautiful fountain near the tourist information center.
Teddy at the river in Arima Onsen.
Me at the river.
This is the statue of Nene. I do not know who she was, though.
Here is the customary manhole cover photo.
When we were walking around, a man was gathering people to watch a monkey show, so we sat down to watch. I think this monkey looks like he’s going to punch someone in the face here. His name is King and he’s 2 years old.
Here is King, walking on his hands. He was super cute.
He could walk and jump on stilts!!
A cute closeup.
We also saw a tree made from recycled PET bottles!!
This is Gokuraku Spring.
The carvings on a small, roadside shrine.
This is Taiko no Taki, a waterfall that we found by accident. It was not marked on any of the trail maps, nor was it marked on the map we were carrying. We just happened to see it through the trees, and then we scrambled down a hillside and jumped across some rocks to see it.
As it has a sign, I don’t think it is a complete secret, though I am not sure why it was unmarked.
We saw this fabulous sign while wandering the town. I was astounded by the Photoshopping. This sign is scolding people for putting their garbage out too early because it attracts the animals so fantastically displayed on the sign.
This spring has carbonated water, which was used to make Arima Cider.
There were these horrifically creepy cutout people on some of the streets in Arima…
I went to two onsen in Arima – Gin no Yu and Kin no Yu. They were super nice and relaxing, but of course, you cannot take pictures in an onsen.
After the onsen, I met back up with Teddy and we went in search of food.
Teddy found us a delicious place to have soymilk doughnuts. This is a cute lamp inside the shop.
We got a cold chocolate doughnut and a sweet potato sesame doughnut. They were delicious!!
Naturally, I had to try Arima Cider. It was SUPER fizzy! However, it just tasted like normal cider. In Japan, cider is not alcoholic, nor is it apple – it is just sugar-flavored pop.
After Arima, we headed back to Kobe, so my next post will be about our dinner and the Port at night.