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Hot Spring / Hot Spring Bath Spots in Kumamoto Area

  • Spa House Jougen no Tsuki
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Kumamoto Tamana-gun Nagomimachi Otaguro 310-1
    "A little-known hot spring bathhouse located in Nagomi Town, Kumamoto Prefecture. All of the bathing rooms in this day trip hot spring bathhouse have an indoor and outdoor bath. The bathhouse' exterior is painted in beautifully contrasting black and crimson lacquer. In total, the bathhouse has 13 unique bathing areas, including the Aitetsu no Yu, which bears a theme based on the popular folktale Bunbuku Chagama; the ""Tale of the Bamboo Cutter""-themed Geppaku no Yu; and the Hisui no Yu, which has a spacious Shigaraki ware outdoor bath. The bathhouse is supplied with water from a strongly alkaline simple springs considered one of the best in Kyushu. The waters of this spring are said to treat nerve pain and joint pain, keep the body warm long after your bath, and leave your skin smooth and soft."
  • Tennen Onsen Ikkyu
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Kumamoto Pref. Kumamotoshihigashiku Sadowara 2-2-1
    This day trip hot spring bathhouse is decorated in a Japanese modern style. Enwrapped in a warm and friendly atmosphere with relaxing wood furnishings, customers can enjoy a variety of baths, including a hot spring steam sauna and steam bath. Particularly popular with women are the colorful rose bath and daily changing special bath. The waters of the bathhouse' alkaline simple spring are said to treat stiff shoulders, nerve pain, and muscle soreness, soothing both body and mind. The popular Manyokan building has 12 different family baths. Each bathing area has its own atmosphere, and the high class outdoor bath engenders a relaxing atmosphere that will reinvigorate you.
  • Onsentei Yu-an
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Kumamoto Pref. Kumamotoshikitaku Uekimachikamekou 1526-1
    A day trip hot spring bathhouse located a 20-minute drive from Ueki Station on the JR Kagoshima Main Line. The bathhouse has high class Japanese-inn style garden corridors and a total of 17 tea ceremony arbor-style family bathing rooms. Each room has its own carefully designed atmosphere and facilities, such as semi-outdoor baths, indoor baths, and a semi-outdoor bath plus indoor bath. The waters of the bathhouse' sodium carbonate salt spring are said to treat such ailments as nerve pain and fatigue. Other facilities include Heaven's Door, a Thai-style relaxation room; and Waraku, a restaurant where you can enjoy Inaniwa udon noodles and seasonal cuisine, ensuring customers can have plenty of fun even while they wait for their bath.
  • Ueki Onsen Hoshinoyu
    6 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Kumamoto Pref. Kumamotoshikitaku Uekimachiarizumi 821
    "A day trip hot spring bathhouse located in Ueki, Kita Ward, Kumamoto City. The bathhouse has a stately Japanese atmosphere. The bathhouse' vaunted 12 family bathing rooms each have their own facilities and design, including a spacious indoor bath and outdoor garden bath surrounded by trees, and a bath adorned with boulders and granite. The waters of the bathhouse' simple hot spring are said to treat such ailments as nerve pain, muscle soreness, and joint pain. ""Hoshinoyu"" means ""Star Bath,"" and as its name implies, customers can enjoy twinkling, star-filled skies from its outdoor baths at night. There's also a massage room and a restaurant serving elegant meals made with local ingredients, ensuring you can enjoy a relaxing time after your bath as well."

    温泉施設 星の湯の中にある食事する所、食券で購入します。メニューは豊富です。温泉とセットで利用すると便利です。

  • Yu Palace Benten
    2 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Kumamoto Pref. Koushishi Nonoshima 2441-1
    This bathhouse, located a five-minute drive from Miyoshi Station, is one of the largest in Kumamoto Prefecture. The bathhouse has 13 special baths supplied by a sodium chloride hydrogen carbonate spring whose waters are said to beautify the skin. These waters are also said to keep the body warm long after one's bath and treat nerve pain and women's diseases, making them highly popular with women. Other facilities include an indoor heated pool open year round, a pottery studio with ceramics arts classes, a restaurant, and a 182 square meter rest lounge, and customers can relax in the bathhouse' vast confines. The bathhouse' local specialty products market sells fresh, locally grown vegetables.


  • Spa Thalasso Amakusa
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Kumamoto Kamiamakusa Oyanomachi Kami 732-14
    A large spa complex located on a hill with a sweeping view of the Ariake Sea which combines the natural hot spring waters of Kami-Amakusa with some of the best health and relaxation facilities in the country. The waters of the spa's sodium hydrocarbonate spring are said to treat such ailments as nerve pain, muscle soreness, cuts, and burns, providing bathers with a moment of pure bliss as they take in views of the vast seascape outside. The spa's thalassotherapy pool, which makes use of seawater, is renowned for relaxing both body and mind. The spa's popular restaurant, Kaiseki, serves seasonal cuisine with a focus on seafood from the ocean off Ariake, and diners can enjoy an exceptional meal along with beautiful scenery beyond the windows.
  • Hinoyama Onsen Dondokoyu
    50 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Kumamoto Pref. Asogunminamiasomura Shimono 135-1
    Approximately a 40 minute drive from the Kumamoto Interchange off of the Kyushu Expressway, this facility boasts the largest acreage in West Japan for a hot springs spa resort, and adjoins the Arden Hotel Aso. In total, the waters for all of the 13 baths, for women and men, are direct flowing sulfate spring waters said to be beneficial for hardening of the arteries, and external cuts. The pride of the resort is its luxurious outdoor garden bath rustically designed with natural trees, and large lava boulders. The restaurant, coin massage corner, and free relaxation lounge are recommended. The shop selling the local Aso vegetables and farm products are also a treat. Lodging guests of the Arden Hotel Aso may bathe as many times as they wish for free.

    There are a few hot spring baths here but all of them are pretty much the same. One is touted as a jacuzzi but it’s just little bit bubbly. No massaging jets or anything like that. There is a sauna...

  • Tennen Onsen BuBuTan
    4 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Kumamoto Pref. Kumamotoshihigashiku Toshima 2-2-1
    "This hot spring facility is located in the Toshima 2-chome area of Higashi-ku, Kumamoto City. The concept of the facility is ""experience a secret hot springs from deep in the mountains right in the city."" There are large outdoor bath and two types of indoor baths which are hot or lukewarm as well as a sauna. People can take a bath in a natural hot spring which is a mildly alkaline simple spring that helps people recover from fatigue. Inside the facility, there is an all-you-can-eat restaurant called ""Iyashi to Kenko Hidamari Bokujo"" and the restaurant ""Yakinikukou Garuten"" is next door."


  • Tsuetate Onsen
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Kumamoto Aso-gun Ogunimachi Shimojo Tsuetate
    A hot spring district boasting a 1,800 year long history. Bifurcated by the Tsuetate River, steam rises from the ground throughout this hot spring town known as the retreat of the Kyushu region. In the early Heian period, the great monk Kobo Daishi conveyed his impression of the efficacy of the waters found here through a poem, stating, Entering the hot water/praying for disease to be healed/many return home leaving behind their canes. This hot spring district remains beloved by many today. Tsuetate means standing cane, and according to legend this name is derived from people leaving their bamboo canes standing here, which then grew leaves and branches. The town is dotted with 26 source springs, and the waters gushing forth from colorless mildly saline common salt springs forms part of the town's lovely scenery. The Michikusa Annainin-kai society provides local guides with which visitors can talk and explore the area, and one fun activity is to stroll amidst the area's old fashioned townscape and many bathhouses. Advance reservation is required to use this local tour guide service.
  • Yamaga Onsen
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Kumamoto Yamaga Yamaga
    This ancient hot spring appears in the Wamyo ruijusho , a dictionary compiled in the Heian period. The area generates an abundant flow of piping hot water, so much so that a poet once stated, the thousand tubs of Yamaga are not enough. The colorless, tasteless, and odorless waters of the simple alkaline hot springs found here range in temperature from 38 to 45° C and are notable for their smooth texture. Bathing in these waters is said to treat nerve pain and gastrointestinal disorders in addition to aiding recovery from fatigue, while drinking them is said to regulate the autonomic nerves and expand constricted blood vessels. The district is dotted with traditional ryokan inns and hotels as well as day trip bathhouses and footbaths. The Yakushido temple stands next to the Sakurayu bathhouse, identifiable by the distinctive cusped gable over its entranceway; each year on December 20 the temple holds a festival to give thanks for the restoration of the flow of the hot springs in the area, which suddenly dried up in 1473 and only started flowing again after the building of the temple and much prayer.
  • Kikuchi Onsen
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Kumamoto Kikuchi-shi Wai
    A hot spring district located in northern Kumamoto Prefecture in Kyushu; developed in 1954, the area's hot spring baths are filled with nothing but 100% natural hot spring waters. These waters are colorless, alkaline, and gentle on the skin. In 2011, the district was selected as one of Japan's 100 most famous hot springs. It is believed that the hot spring waters here were discovered after digging in the ground according to the instructions given by a white dragon in a dream. The Kikuchi White Dragon Festival, held each year in August, re-enacts the legend, and many tourists come to see huge white dragon puppets, 50 meters long and weighing 50 kilograms, as they wind their way through the city's streets. The district is also full of places to enjoy natural beauty and history, such as Gosho-dori Street, a road which leads straight to the approach of Kikuchi-jinja Shrine; and the Tsuiji Ide, a waterway created during the Keicho era by the samurai lord Kato Kiyomasa.
  • Hirayama Onsen
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Kumamoto Yamaga Hirayama 5346-1
    The culture and traditions of this hot spring district, which once prospered as a post station town Yamaga, were shaped by the Kikuchi River. There are several inns here with their own hot spring sources, each offering different health benefits but all perfect for soothing away the fatigue of a weary traveler. Here visitors will find 15 lodging establishments ranging from traditional ryokan inns with detached bathhouses to public bathhouses to mass-market inns. There are also many casual day trip hot spring facilities in the area, and visitors can enjoy bathing in and comparing the waters of different bathhouses. There are also many tourism destinations in the area, such as the Buzen Highway, a road lined with old-fashioned merchant townhomes; and the Yachiyoza theater, build by a local businessman in 1910. Gourmands will also be delighted by the area's fresh seafood from the Ariake Sea, horsemeat cuisine from local city farms, and country-style dishes made with local vegetables.
  • Shimoda Onsen
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Kumamoto Amakusa-shi Amakusamachi Shimodakita
    A hot spring district comprised of five hot springs welling forth from the ground in Shimoda City, Shizuoka Prefecture. The five springs are Rendaiji Onsen, Kawachi Onsen, Shirahama Onsen, Kannon Onsen, and Aitama Onsen; only the Kannon Onsen is a highly alkaline simple spring, the other four are regular simple springs. Shimoda City is the location where America's black ships landed and was the setting of much turmoil at the end of the Edo period, and here visitors can stay at a hot spring inn and take in the area's rich history, ocean beauty, and tranquil woodlands. The area is also rich in all the bounties of the land and sea and visitors can delight in sampling the unending parade of local culinary delights found here. In addition, Shimoda also flourished as a relay port connecting ships traveling between the east and the west from the Edo period onward, a history which among other things gave rise to the Shimoda geisha. Although irregular, visitors to the Former Sawamura Residence, a historic old home, might just get to watch geisha practicing their traditional arts.
  • Hagenoyu Onsen
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Kumamoto Pref. Asogunogunimachi Nishizato 2917
    This highland hot spring district, situated on the west side of Mt. Waita and a part of the Waita Onsenkyo hot spring village, is host to hot spring hotels as well as facilities offering day trip hot spring bathing. The district is 760 meters above sea level and local inns boast fabulous views. The waters of the area's simple sulfur springs are said to treat such ailments as nerve pain, rheumatism, and burns. Visitors will also find an abundance of places where they can enjoy the area's vast natural beauty, such as Nabegataki Falls, a waterfall believed to have been formed by the same huge volcanic eruption 90 thousand years ago which created the Aso caldera; and Yusui Shizen no Mori, known for its beautiful fall foliage where you can enjoy river sports and camping. Visitors are particularly encouraged to try the hell-steamed chicken, a hotel specialty which involves steaming chicken meat using hot spring steam.
  • Aso Uchinomaki Onsen
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    This hot spring area is one of the largest in Aso. Lacking a typical concentrated hot spring town district, the area is dotted with some 80 source springs and 30 hot spring hotels and inns. There are also around 10 day trip hot spring bathhouses, some offering food, others private reservable baths, and each with its own unique characteristics and features, thus making it fun to choose the one that suits your tastes and interests best. In addition, the area is full of things to see and do, including Aso Nature Land, an outdoor shop and tour company which helps customers enjoy the great outdoors of Aso; a rose garden where you can appreciate roses from around the world; and the Myokoji Temple, which appears in the beginning of renowned author Natsume Soseki’s novel “The 210th Day.” Among the many local restaurants serving dishes made with fresh, Kumamoto grown vegetables and Aso’s famous Aka beef, particularly recommended is the “Aka Gyudon” Aka beef rice bowl offered by Imakin Shokudo, an inexpensive Japanese-style diner which has been in business for over a century.
  • Hinagu Onsen
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Kumamoto Yatsushiro-shi Hinagu
    According to legend, this ancient hot spring area was cultivated after a young man, seeking to heal his father’s sword wound, received a revelation from the god Itsukushima Myojin. The area has been a popular destination for therapeutic hot spring bathing since the time of its cultivation in 1409 during the distant Nanboku-cho period until the present day. The soft, velvety waters of the area’s primarily alkaline simple springs are gentle on the skin and not prone to causing dizziness even after extended bathing sessions, making them popular with men and women of all ages. Hinagu is also famous for its production of chikuwa fish sausages and many people come here to pick up some to take home or give to friends and relatives.
  • Fureainokakoryu Ctr
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Kumamoto Pref. Tamanagungyokutoumachi Konoha 372
  • Kofuku Onsen
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Kumamoto Hitoyoshi-shi Kobutsuchocho 1408-1
  • Goyubune Onsen Tate
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Kumamoto Pref. Asogunubuyamamura Ubuyama 1448
  • Kazokuyunanashirono Mori
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Kumamoto Pref. Kikuchishi Shichijoumachikameo 1491-1

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Kumamoto lies in the center of Kyushu, a calm prefecture perfect for easy strolls around the historic center and lazy evenings in the natural hot springs at Kurokawa Onsen. For a slightly more strenuous activity, head to Mount Aso, whose surrounding hills offer hiking opportunities aplenty with views over the active volcano.

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