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  • 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...

  • Shimogoten
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    4.5
    15 Reviews
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    Wakayama Pref. Tanabeshi Ryujinmuraryujin 38
    This hot spring facility is near Mandala Falls in Ryujin-mura, Tanabe City. Legend says it was discovered by a prominent ascetic and put to use at the behest of the dragon god Nanda Ryuo in a dream. The carbonated alkaline spring is rich in radium and renowned as one of Japan's top three beauty enhancing hot springs. Their Ozashiki tatami mat bath is one of only a few in Japan. In addition to two indoor Hinoki baths where you can enjoy the aroma and texture of Japanese cypress, they have a mixed-gender open-air bath overlooking the pure flow of the Hidaka River. You wrap yourself in a towel when bathing in this one.

    6月下旬に家内とお邪魔しました。予定よりかなり早めの15時ごろに到着してしまいましたが、ご主人に快くお迎えいただき、一番乗りで入館させていただきました。3階の角部屋に案内いただき入室、早速細部をチェック。トイレは洗浄機能つき、洗面台は大型で、ドライヤーがぶら下げてあります。金庫、空の冷蔵庫、小型ながら薄型テレビ完備。浴衣やアメニティーもしっかり揃っています。ただ角部屋のせいか川側の窓が小さく、窓際...

  • Iris Park Auto Campground “Megami no Yu”
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    3.5
    11 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Wakayama Tanabe-shi Nakahechicho Chikatsuyu 128-1
    This hot spring bathhouse is about 50 minutes from the Kamitonda Interchange on the Kisei Expressway via National Routes 42 and 311. It is a part of Iris Park Auto Campground located on the banks of the Hiki River surrounded by mountains and rich greenery. The facility is open to both overnight campers and day trippers. Although it only has indoor baths, it boasts simple bicarbonate spring, which is very slimy to the touch, said to be among the best-feeling in Japan. The simple alkaline spring, which is purported to have skin beautifying properties, leave bathers with a refreshing cooling sensation. It is also believed to help with conditions including nerve pain, muscle soreness, and sensitivity to cold.

    We stayed there for one short horrible night during our kumano kodo. They hold an Eagle (!!!) in a tiny cage where he cant even spread his wings properly or fly. Also they dont clean his cage, so...

  • 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...

  • Yunomine Onsen Tsuboyu
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    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.
  • Kirari Ryujin
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    4.0
    4 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Wakayama Pref. Tanabeshi Ryujinmuraryujin 189
    "This hot spring facility is in Ryujin-mura, Tanabe City. Ryujin Onsen is said to have been discovered about 1,200 years ago by Kobo Daishi through a dream of the dragon god Nanda Ryuo. Now thought of as one of Japan's top three beauty enhancing hot springs, the hydrogen carbonate water is so good for the skin it's known as “Keshosui Irazu,"" the “No Need for Skin Lotion Springs."" Located in the lush forests surrounding the World Heritage Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route and Koyasan, its open-air bath forms a partial ring around the indoor bath. The hot spring is also available for day-use, so it's a great spot to stop in for a rest."

    日本三大美人の湯というだけあって、トロトロの変わったお湯です。 ただし、市内からは一山越えなければならず拠点とすることはNGです。 連泊してゆっくりがおススメの宿ですね。

  • Kuchi-Kumano Benkei no Sato Yu
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    3.0
    1 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Wakayama Tanabe-shi Akizucho 859
    "This is located in Kii Tanabe, which, according to one tale, is the birthplace of the legendary warrior, Musashibo Benkei. This hot spring facility for day use is a three-minute drive from the Nanki Tanabe Interchange on the Hanwa Expressway via National Route 42, and it is also close to the starting point of the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route. In addition to large baths and foot baths, there is a ""Hinoki-yu (cypress bath)"", where visitors can enjoy the outdoor air while bathing on a deck surrounded by Kishu Hinoki (cypress trees), a so-called ""Kama-buro (kiln bath)"" that calls to mind the Benkei's first bath, and a ""Tsubo-buro (small tub bath)"" where one person can have a leisurely soak. The water comes from a sodium hydrogen carbonate chloride spring, and it is said to be effective against nerve pain, muscle soreness, and recovery from fatigue."

    会津川沿いにあるスーパー銭湯弁慶のさと湯。 会津家具センターさんが運営しているみたいですね。 田辺の中心部って温泉が出るイメージがないけどこちらは天然温泉とのこと。 スーパー銭湯にありがちな設備はあるので普通に楽しめます。

  • Kawayu Hot Spring Sennin-buro River Bath
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    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.
  • 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.
  • Kawayu Onsen Public Bathhouse
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    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.
  • Tomisato Onsen, Otome no Yu
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Wakayama Tanabe-shi Shimogawa Shimo 982
    This hot spring bathhouse is about a 40-minute drive from the Kamitonda Interchange on the Kisei Expressway via National Routes 42 and 311 and Prefectural Route 219. It is a hot spring facility for day use adjacent to the Tomisato Community Hall and the Tomisato Welfare Center. The water source is a spring that bubbles out of the ground at an altitude of 1,300 meters on the slopes of nearby Mt. Hansamine, and it is a pure alkaline spring, full of sodium ions. It is believed to be effective against muscle pain and exhaustion. Nearby are places where visitors can enjoy camping, mountain climbing, and stream fishing. The bath can be a refreshing way to end a day of enjoying the area's natural wonders.
  • Chikatsuyu Onsen, Hisui no Yu
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    Wakayama Tanabe-shi Nakahechicho Chikatsuyu 401-12
    This is a hot spring facility for day use located a 60-minute drive from the Nanki Tanabe Interchange on the Hanwa Expressway via National Routes 42 and 311. It is in the heart of the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage trail country, in a corner of the former shrine site known as Chikatsuyu Oji. Deep in the mountains and surrounded by abundant natural beauty, it offers a view of the Hikigawa River from the window of the bath. The water in the baths is sourced from a gently alkaline spring with a slightly oily texture and is said to impart a healthy shine to black hair. There are only indoor baths for both men and women, but the water is piped in directly from the spring (although heated a bit, since the spring is lukewarm in its natural state). The water contains sodium, hydrogen carbonate, and chloride spring. Customers can dine at the adjoining minshuku (family-owned inn), Chikatsuyu.
  • Yuzutsu
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Wakayama Tanabe-shi Hongucho Yunomine
    This is a hot spring that flows out of the earth at the foot of Yumoto Bridge in the town of Yunomine Onsen. Discovered in the fourth century, it is known as the oldest hot spring bathing complex in Japan, and even today, the surrounding townscape retains the look and atmosphere of former times. It is located a 60-minute drive from the Kamitonda Interchange on the Kisei Expressway via National Routes 42 and 311. It is surrounded by concrete on four sides and is used as a communal cooking spot. People enjoy boiling vegetables or eggs in the 90°C hot spring water comes bubbling out of the ground. They can even buy vegetables or eggs at nearby shops.
  • Kawayu Onsen
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    4.5
    133 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Wakayama Tanabe-shi Hongucho Kawayu

    Foreign visitors tend to skip this sleepy village for a more sexy neighboring village of Yunomine onsen when choosing among the 3 onsen villages in the Hongu area of Wakayama. This is...

  • Minshuku Tugizakura
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    5.0
    80 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Wakayama Pref. Tanabeshi Nakahechichounonaka 403-1

    My husband and I were on our last legs after a long six hour hike from Takahara along the Kumano Kodo and were thrilled when we landed at this minshuku, a stones throw from one of Japan’s sacred...

  • Chikatuyu
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    4.5
    71 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Wakayama Pref. Tanabeshi Nakahechichouchikatsuyu 401-12

    Stayed at this inn after finishing a day on the Kumano Kodo - check in was 3pm and there was only 4 other people staying in the inn the night I was there. The onsen was fantastic - a hot pool and a...

  • J-Hoppers Kumano Yunomine Guesthouse
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    5.0
    45 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    161, Honguucho-yunomine Tanabe Wakayama

    J-Hoppers was the most inexpensive place we stayed while hiking the Kumano Kodo. The majority of the clientele is younger and hiking the trail as well. This is great for building comradery with...

  • Yoshinoya Ryokan
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    4.5
    44 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Wakayama Tanabe-shi Hongucho Yu no Mine 359

    Finished hiking the Kumano Kodo for the day and caught the bus to the little gem. Was the off season so there was only 5 people staying in the whole hotel - this mean that the private onsen got a...

  • Yunominesou
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    4.5
    117 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Hongu-cho Shimoyukawa 437 Tanabe

    From the outside the hotel looks a little tired, however once inside the hotel has everything to make you feel welcome and comfortable. Friendly staff, well appointed tatami rooms, excellent onsens...

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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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