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  • Ryujin Onsen Motoyu
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    4.5
    6 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Wakayama Pref. Tanabeshi Ryujinmuraryujin 37
    At this public facility, you can enjoy soaking in water from Ryujin Onsen, known as one of the three most beautiful hot springs in Japan. Located in Ryujin Village, Tanabe City, Wakayama Prefecture. The free-flowing hot spring water is changed daily and has a nice cleansing feeling. The indoor baths include cypress baths and rock baths, and the open-air bath offers a great view of the mountain stream. It is open until 9 p.m., so you can enjoy stargazing as you bathe. There’s a lodging facility next door as well.

    龍神温泉に行きました 車で高野山から龍神スカイラインを通り山の紅葉を見ながらのドライブは この季節ならではです 温泉街?に着くと想像とは かなり違い、かなりひっそりとしていました 事前にリサーチせずに行ったのも悪かったのですが、旅館での昼食付き日帰り入浴は、当日では受付してもらえませんでした...

  • Kawayu Hot Spring Sennin-buro River Bath
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Wakayama Pref. Tanabeshi Honguchoukawayu
    This large open-air bath is formed by the mixing of the waters of the Oto River, a tributary of the Kumano River, with an over 70-degree hot spring continuously welling forth from the riverbed. Only usable from December until the end of February, the bath is familiar to many Japanese as a poetic image of winter. Bathing is free but mixed sex; accordingly, unlike most hot spring baths in Japan, it is acceptable to wear a bathing suit. On clear days, visitors can enjoy the sun or a star-filled sky during their bath, giving you an unprecedented sense of freedom and openness. Note that the bath may not be available for use due to weather or water levels.
  • Watarase Onsen Dairotenburo large open-air bath
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    4.5
    28 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Wakayama Pref. Tanabeshi Honguchouwataze 45-1
    The largest open-air bath in Western Japan, situated on the grounds of a large hot spring inn. Non-guests can also enjoy a day trip of bathing in the inn’s baths. This natural hot spring bath is continuously filled from a hot spring source famed for its beautifying properties. In addition to the open-air bath, the inn’s popular reservable private open-air bath for families is also usable by non-guests. In the dining hall adjoining the open-air bath, visitors can enjoy mehari-zushi, a Kumano specialty of rice balls wrapped in mustard leaves, as well as onsen rice porridge.

    Rather than choosing for shared baths for men and women, we chose to have our own private outddoor bath (rotembura). It is more expensive but then you have the outdoor bath to yourself. Very nice...

  • Yunomine Onsen public bath
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Wakayama Pref. Tanabeshi Honguchouyunomine 110
    The Yunomine hot spring was discovered by the regional administrator of Kumano, Oato no Sukune, around the fourth century, and is known as Japan’s oldest onsen. The hot spring is also famous as having been used by emperors throughout history to purify themselves when they came to visit the temples of Kumano, and since ancient times the hot spring has flourished with worshipers coming to see Kumano’s temples. The public bathhouse is located in the center of the area. There is a general bath, medicinal bath, reservable private bath, and relaxation bath. The Tsuboyu, a rock bath registered as a World Heritage Site, is located nearby. This bath is a popular tourist attraction thanks to its color changing properties—depending on conditions, the bath’s waters may change colors several times in a day, leading to its nickname, the “Seven Color Bath.” Visitors can also purchase hot spring water to take home with them.
  • Saki-no-yu Hot Spring
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Wakayama Pref. Nishimurogunshirahamachou 1668
    Together with Arima Onsen and Dogo Onsen, Shirahama Onsen is considered one of the best hot spring areas in Japan, and this particularly hot spring bathing facility boasts 1,350 years of history. Saki-noyu Hot Spring even appears in the Nihon Shoki and the Man’yoshu, Japan’s two oldest collections of poetry. It is recorded that the hot spring was frequented by emperors and the nobility. The open-air bath has been considered one of the seven great hot spring baths in the area since ancient times. Located so close to the sea you can get sprayed by the crashing waves, bathers can enjoy the hot waters while gazing out over the majestic Pacific Ocean.
  • Shirarayu
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    4.0
    21 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Wakayama Pref. Nishimurogunshirahamachou Shirahama 3313-1
    A hot spring which retains an old fashioned public bath house feel located along the popular Shirarahama Beach. An old fashioned attendant’s booth stands at the entrance. Bathers can look out over the white sands and blue ocean nearby from spacious windows, giving the baths an airy, open feel. In summer, the bath house bustles with swimmers from the beach cleaning up before heading home.

    白良浜の海岸沿いの立派な公衆温泉浴場です。1階は休み場等で温泉浴室は2階にあります。内湯のみですが湯舟から白浜海岸が臨めます。源泉が66度の高温のため少し加水しているようですが源泉かけ流しの良温泉でした。泉質はナトリウム塩化物温泉で入浴料は420円です。

  • Muronoyu
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Wakayama Pref. Nishimurogunshirahamachou Yuzaki 1665
    Together with Arima Onsen and Dogo Onsen, Shirahama Onsen is considered one of the best hot spring areas in Japan, and, like the Saki-noyu Hot Spring, this hot spring bath facility’s outdoor bath has been considered one of the seven great hot spring baths in the area since ancient times. Boasting 1,350 years of history, Muronoyu even appears in the Nihon Shoki and the Man’yoshu, Japan’s two oldest collections of poetry, and it is recorded that it was frequented by emperors and the nobility. There are two baths in the bathing area, one filled from the Mabuyu hot spring and one from the Miyuki hot spring, giving bathers the chance to enjoy the unique properties of both.
  • Shirasuna
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Wakayama Pref. Nishimurogunshirahamachou 864
    An outdoor bath constantly filled from a natural hot spring located next to Shirarahama Beach, popular for its white sands and equatorial resort-like atmosphere. Spacious and pool-like in design, you can enjoy a dip while still in your bathing suit after a swim in the sea. In winter, the bath is kept at 43 degrees and benches are provided so visitors can use it as a foot bath.
  • Tsuna-no-Yu
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    4.0
    2 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Wakayama Pref. Nishimurogunshirahamachou 3354-1
    This public bath in Shirahama Town, Nishimuro County, Wakayama, is built overlooking Tsunashirazu Bay, with waves said to be so gentle that you don’t even need to tie down your boat. The bath house was just remodeled in 2008. It is a simple design with just one style of bath and draws water from Shirahama spring, one of Japan’s three oldest hot springs. With plenty of lodgings and hotels in the area the baths draw many tourists as well as locals.

    入り口前の券売機でチケットを買います。 入り口から男女別です。 シャンプーも石鹸もありません。 湯船がひとつと、洗い場にシャワーが、三箇所だけのこじんまりとした公衆浴場です。 とても、いいお湯で、穴場?かもしれません

  • Shirahama Onsen Tore Tore no Yu
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    4.0
    25 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Wakayama Pref. Nishimurogunshirahamachou Katata 2508
    A day trip hot spring bath facility located in front of Tore Tore Market in Shirahama Town, Nishimuro County, Wakayama Prefecture. Here visitors can enjoy the waters of the Shirahama Onsen hot spring, considered one of the three oldest in Japan. The facility offers an abundant variety of baths and other facilities, including an open air bath overlooking the Pacific Ocean, a rock bath, high grade ubame oak charcoal bath, and bath designed to accommodate a fully reclined position. The facility also has a spacious indoor bath, carbonated bath, and stone sauna, and customers can enjoy slowly trying out each one. The facility has a restaurant serving mainly Japanese food and a rest area with tatami mats as well.

    I have visited this onsen a few times because its such a great experience. It is well laid out and run. The changing rooms are big and there are plenty of washing areas inside the onsen. They have a...

  • Chosei no Yu
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    4.5
    22 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Wakayama Pref. Nishimurogunshirahamachou
    This daytrip hot spring facility is located in Shirahama Town, Nishimuro County, Wakayama Prefecture, and its charmingly plain appearance reflects the old wooden warehouse it was built in. There are two open-air baths as well as an indoor bath with a Showa-period ambience where you can stretch your legs and relax. The open-air baths are surrounded by trees that are beautiful in all seasons, with cherry blossoms in spring and rich foliage in autumn. They sell “hot spring eggs” at the front, and there’s a Wakayama ramen shop too.

    大変趣があり、地元民に愛されている温泉です。 道路沿いにあることが信じられないぐらい静かで、素晴らしいヒノキ造りの建物と、山に面した露天風呂がとても落ち着けます。

  • Tsukumoto Ashi-yu
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Wakayama Pref. Nishimurogunshirahamachou 3079-20
    You’ll find this foot bath facility in “Yuzaki Tsukumoto Hot Spring Park” in Shirahama Town of Nishimuro County, Wakayama Prefecture. It is near the southern tip of “Shirarahama Beach,” which is famous for its white sand. Anyone can enter free of charge. The “Mabuyu” bath is the source of the water, and it is widely appreciated as a spot where you can casually experience a famous bath that has been loved for centuries. Warm your feet and body while enjoying the sea breeze.
  • Yanagibashi Ashi-yu
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Wakayama Pref. Nishimurogunshirahamachou 3306-17
    This footbath facility is located in Shirahama Town, Nishimuro County, Wakayama Prefecture and is operated by the town. In the center is a monument to the serpent’s-head cowry, from whose mouth water flows in a unique design. As there’s a roof, the facility can be used on rainy days as well. There are stones at the bottom so visitors can stimulate the soles of their feet. Both locals and tourists often visit this free spot to relax.
  • Kawayu Onsen Public Bathhouse
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Wakayama Pref. Tanabeshi Honguchoukawayu 1423
    This is a public bath along Prefectural Route 241 in Kawayu, Hongu Town, Tanabe City. It is a retro style bath with water pulled in from the riverbed allowing bathers to be submerged in pure alkaline water from source. It is beneficial for conditions such as nerve pain and diabetes.
  • Kurhaus Kumano Hongu
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Wakayama Pref. Tanabeshi Honguchouwataze 45-1
    This multipurpose recuperation hot spring facility is located in Wataze, Hongu cho, Tanabe City. Also known as the “Beauty’s Spring,” in addition to the famous sodium bicarbonate Wataze Hot Spring, there are also facilities such as an outdoor pool which is open in the summer, a rest house and training rooms. There are also conveniently located bungalows and a nearby campsite across from the facility, where visitors can stay.
  • Onsen & Seafood Buffet Restaurant Toretore Tei
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Wakayama Pref. Nishimurogunshirahamachou Katata 2498-1
    Toretore Tei is a hot spring and restaurant complex on Prefectural Route 33 in Katata, Shirahama Town. The hot spring, Katata no Yu, has both indoor and outdoor baths, and the restaurant offers an all-you-can-eat seafood buffet. It’s the perfect place to relax in the bath and enjoy a seafood smorgasbord with fresh seafood straight from the fishery cooperative. Guests can use the hot spring baths or just eat at the restaurant. As well as being open in the day and in the evening the restaurant serves a breakfast buffet during the peak season.
  • Bokido Cave and Genbudo Cave
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Wakayama Pref. Higashimurogunnachikatsurachou Katsura 1165-2
    Bokido and Genbudo Caves are hot springs located in Hotel Urashima in Katsuura in the town of Nachi Katsuura. Both are on hotel property, and the baths are in natural caves created by wave and wind erosion. Guests can soak in the hot spring, viewing the scenery and sending the closeness of nature in the rock surface and the sea.
  • Sakinami no Yu
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Wakayama Pref. Higashimuroguntaijichou Taiji 2906
    Sakinami no Yu is a hot spring facility, available for day use, at Kayu, “the floral-colored inn,” in Nanki Taiji. Visitors can sense the sound of the waves as they sit in the spacious outdoor bath overlooking the Pacific Ocean, a view that is especially beautiful in the evening. The colorless, odorless, transparent water moisturizes the skin and leaves it looking more beautiful. This hot spring facility is located about JR Kii -Katsuura Station, and it has a shuttle bus that transports guests to and from the station in about 15 minutes (by reservation only).
  • Nishiki-no-Yu (Roadside Station Nachi, Nachi Station Koryu Center)
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Wakayama Pref. Higashimurogunnachikatsurachou Hamanomiya 361-2
    This day-use bathing facility is in the exchange center adjacent to JR Nachi Station. The town managed station building is modeled after a Shinto shrine, and it's a base for tourism in Nanki Kumano. The second-floor facility with its large public bath has a view of Nachi Bay and its beaches as well as the blue waters of Katsuura by day and its city lights by night. A simple thermal hot spring, its water is said to alleviate nerve pain, as well as muscle and joint pain. It offers convenient access to Mt. Nachi. There you'll find Nachi Falls, with the longest single uninterrupted drop in the country, Kumano Nachi Taisha Shrine, and Seigantoji Temple, the first stop on the Saigoku Kannon Reijo Pilgrimage.
  • Yunomine Onsen Tsuboyu
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Wakayama Pref. Tanabeshi Honguchouyunomine 110
    A public bathhouse located in the almost exact center of the Yunomine hot spring district through which passes the Kumano Highway. This unusual hot spring is also registered as part of the Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Routes World Heritage Site as it is used by pilgrims to ritually purify them. The bathhouse’ bath is quite simple in construction, consisting of a natural stone bathing tub and wood board walls. Only around two to three people can enter at a time; there is no separate men’s or women’s bath. The rules for usage of the bath are as follows: Bathers get a numbered ticket at the entrance to the hot spring district and, when their number comes up, may bathe in the tub for 30 minutes before they must leave and the next group of bathers is allowed to enter. The nice thing about this system is that during their time, a group has the bath all to themselves. As the waters of the tub naturally change color several times throughout the day, the bath is known as a “seven colored bath.” The legend of Oguri Hangan is also connected to the bath.

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Wakayama prefecture unites pilgrims, food lovers, and culture buffs in a tranquil corner of Japan at the base of the Kii Peninsula. The setting for many a Kumano Kodo pilgrimage trail, Wakayama invites those in search of spirituality from one side of the prefecture to the other, from the 100-plus Buddhist temples of the sacred Mount Koya in the west to the inspiring temples of the Kumano Sanzan set among breathtaking nature in the east. Once the grueling hike is complete, make a beeline for Wakayama city to savor some of the country’s most delicious ramen noodles.

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