Originally two separate onsen (hot spring baths), the Kinugawa Onsen and Fujiwara Onsen were merged during the Edo period. The original source was on the west bank for the Kinugawa river (Taki Hot Springs) and soon after they also discovered another source on the east bank. Today the hot springs feed more than 80 hotels and Japanese inns lining the river banks. Due to its proximity to the Nikko area, many people take advantage of the Tobu rail passes to hike and take photographs of the nature and then return for a relaxing soak in the hot tubs.
It only takes about 2 hours from Tokyo by train and there are many other attractions around the area such as the Tobu World Square and Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura.