Arima: a brief stop in a mountain onsen town
I may be in a minority of one, but I like the way these are done in some Japanese towns. They turn a brief stretch of river into a pleasant place to sit and chill.
Sometimes it’s a park on either side, sometimes its like this one where it’s transformed into an adventure.
Compared to the mudfests I used to encounter in the UK this is a great way of turning a brief stretch of water into somewhere to enjoy – and protect against floods.
This one is in Arima. A town on the edge of Kobe, it’s famed for its hot springs and onsen. It’s well worth a visit, not just for its old buildings and obsession with water, but also its toy and condiments museum.