In addition to the hot spring bath facilities at the Japanese inns located in Arima Onsen area, there are two bathhouses for use by the general public called “Kin- no-yu” and “Gin-no-yu” respectively. Directly in front of the “Kin-no-yu,” or “Golden Bath,” is a stone inscribed with the words “Foremost hot spring among the gods.”
Steeped in history, Arima Onsen got its start according to Japanese legend when the two gods that created Japan discovered it at the Arima gorge in the Mt. Rokko mountain range. It is considered one of the three ancient springs of Japan along with Dogo Onsen and Shirahama Onsen and ranks in the top three hot springs together with Kusatsu Onsen and Gero Onsen.