Not only children but adults too enjoy this special museum that specializes in toys. Around 4,000 items have been collected from five other countries around the world and are on display including toys from Germany and the Czech Republic.
Of those exhibited about 1300 are specialty dolls. A doll studio at the museum gives visitors an opportunity to watch dolls being constructed.
Gyoki, the name of a famous Buddhist monk who founded Arima Onsen, built this old venerable temple in the 8th century.
Another monk who deeply respected Gyoki followed in Gyoki’s footsteps by restoring Arima Onsen in the 12th century. The current buildings were rebuilt and consolidated in 1782 to form the temple that local people fondly call Yakushi-san.
Rinkeiji is an old, historical temple founded in 1601. The compound has a red blossom plum tree named Mikaiko that is more than 200 years old. Every year at the end of March, the beautiful crimson flowers blossom in multiple layers.
From ancient times, it is said that those that eat the fruit of the plums will be blessed with a child. For this reason, the plums are called the “plums of the nymphs”.
As with Zuihoji Park, Tsuzumigataki Park is a park famous for its beauty scenery. The park got its name from the waterfall where a drum-like sound can be heard from the water striking the ground and reverberating in the rock formation. Named for Japanese drum used in kabuki, Tsuzumi reveals a special characteristic with each season.
In spring the thoughts of the visitor are washed pure by the water reflecting the new green foliage while in the summer visitors are greeted with the fluttering of fireflies and the singing of Kajika frogs. In the autumn, many people enjoy strolling through the forest and gazing at the beautiful autumn leaves.
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.