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Hot Spring / Hot Spring Ryokan Spots in Oita Area

  • Nagayu Onsen
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Oita Taketa-shi Naoirimachi Nagayu 8043-1
    A hot spring district situated on a hill at the foot of Mt. Kuju in Oita Prefecture. The area's hot springs contain abundant quantities of carbon dioxide gas and in 2007 the district self-proclaimed itself as having the most highly carbonated springs in the country. Also purporting to have some of the most carbonated hot springs in the world, the area's waters are said to treat joint pain, muscle soreness, and chronic digestive diseases, in addition to aiding recovery from fatigue. The bubbles in the water cover the surface of the body, creating an insulating effect which further enhances the heat retaining properties of the water itself. In addition, these same waters also cause carbon dioxide levels in the blood to rise, resulting in a state of oxygen deficiency similar to that which occurs after intense exercise, and thus they are also said to increase one's metabolic rate and in turn promote weight loss. Some of Japan's most celebrated authors, such as Yasunari Kawabata and Akiko Yosano, loved this hot spring district, and monuments inscribed with their words dot the town.
  • Myoban Onsen
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Oita Beppushi-shi
    The eight Beppu Hatto hot spring districts boast the second greatest volume of hot spring waters in the world; Myoban Onsen is situated at the highest elevation of the eight and its yunohana-goya thatched huts, used to produce yunohana bath salts, give visitors a glimpse into old-fashioned Japanese hot spring bathing culture. 400 meters above sea level, the area also offers visitors a sweeping view of Beppu; Beppu Bay; and Myoban Bridge, the largest arch bridge in Asia. Each of the hot spring inns in the area have their own unique qualities and delightful surprises awaiting visitors. Okamotoya Shop, purveyor of nationally famous Jigoku-mushi Pudding, is also located here, and an unending stream of people makes their way to Myoban Onsen seeking this tasty treat. The Myoban Yu no Sato bathhouse produces yunohana hot spring mineral bath salts which have been designated a National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property. Visitors can observe the production process and purchase their own yunohana to take home. The district also encompasses many day trip hot spring bathhouses and restaurants serving local cuisine.
  • Yunohira Onsen
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Oita Yufu-shi Yufuincho Yunohira
    This hot spring district, one of Japan's most famous, is said to have first been developed some 800 years ago during the Kamakura period. The district's current town area took shape in the late Edo period and is even recorded in the Bungo kokushi, a history of the region. In 1959, the district was designated a National Hot Spring . The waters of the area's sodium chloride sulfate springs have a pH of 9.1 and are said to treat such ailments as gastrointestinal disorders, nerve pain, muscle soreness, joint pain, frozen shoulders, motor paralysis, chronic digestive diseases, chronic constipation, and stress. The district encompasses 21 hot spring lodging facilities and five public bathhouses, ensuring that both those staying overnight here and those just passing through for the day can enjoy the area's healing hot spring waters. Yunohira is also full of sightseeing destinations, such as the area's hilly, stone-paved streets, built some 300 years ago; and firefly watching, which can be enjoyed around the Kagonogawa River from 20:00 to 21:00 from late May to early June.
  • Hita Onsen
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Oita Hita-shi Kuma
    Situated in Hita, a city famous for its 200 year old tradition of pleasure boating as well as cormorant fishing, since ancient times this hot spring district has been said to grant children to those having difficulty conceiving. Those staying at the hot spring inns in the district can enjoy an evening meal on a pleasure boat while watching cormorant fishing. The waters of the area's simple springs are purported to treat such modern lifestyle diseases as rheumatism, nerve pain, and fatigue. The area has been blessed with an abundance of water since ancient times and an abundance of events are held here, such as the Hita Hina Festival at the beginning of the year; the Mikuma River Tourism Festival, which coincides with the start of the ayu fishing season; the Hita Gion Festival in summer; and the Hita Tenryo Festival in Autumn. Area visitors can also enjoy touring historic sites, such Ontayaki no Sato, birthplace of the National Important Intangible Cultural Property-designated Onta ware; and the House of Gyotoku Family, the residence of a family which first served as the official healers of Kurume Domain and later became modern doctors.
  • Hamawaki Onsen
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    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Oita Beppushi-shi
    Together with Beppu, Kamegawa, Kannawa, Kankaiji, Horita, Shibaseki, and Myoban, this hot spring district is one of the eight Beppu Hatto spas and, alongside Kannawa Onsen; it is considered the birthplace of the Beppu Onsen group of hot springs. Hamawaki means seaside but can also mean welling forth at the beach, a name it gained from the fact that a hot spring does indeed gush forth from the beach here. From the early Kamakura period through the Edo period, the area developed as a key land transportation point. The waters of the simple hot spring here are gentle on the skin and are said to ease lower back pain, sprains, sensitivity to cold and mild asthma. Unusual among the municipal public bathhouses in Beppu City, the Hamawaki Hot Spring bathhouse is open until late at night and is frequented by a broad range of customers.

    街の共同温泉ですが、まさか100円のはずはないと3度見しましたが本当に入浴料100円でした。お湯は最高なのですが熱い!!シャワーはあるのですが2つしかないため最後のかけ湯が精いっぱい。地元の方に交じって湯船から洗面器でお湯を汲んで頭や体を洗いました。熱いので頭にかけるには気合がいる。混んでますが熱くて長湯できないためすごく回転がいいです。私は宿でシャンプーやタオルなどすべて用意してもらったのですが...

  • Kankaiji Onsen
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Oita Beppushi-shi
    A hot spring district situated on ground 150 meters above sea level and offering the best view of any the eight Beppu Hatto hot spring districts. Since the hot spring waters were discovered here in the Kamakura period, countless tourists have made their way here to enjoy the picturesque view overlooking Beppu Bay. Beppu is known for its many old-fashioned traditional hot spring ryokan inns, but in contrast to this image, stylish and modern resort hotels stand eave to eave here in this hot spring leisure area. The waters of the area's simple springs and bicarbonate salt springs are said to ease nerve pain, rheumatism, and frozen shoulders. Of the eight Beppu Hatto hot spring districts, this area is known for its particularly clear waters, which are suitable even for drinking. On clear days, visitors can see all the way to distant Shikoku from here.
  • Horita Onsen
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Oita Beppushi-shi
    A hot spring district which once flourished as a key transportation point between Yufuin, Hita, and Dazaifu. Positioned at the west entranceway to Beppu, since the Edo period the area prospered as a health resort, its hot spring waters soothing away the fatigue of travelers. The area's simple hot springs are said to ease nerve pain, bruises, and autonomic instability. The municipal public hot spring bathhouse opened here in 2003 has an indoor bathing area as well as an outdoor bath surrounded by artfully placed plants and rocks. This is also the first city-run bathhouse to have toilets which can accommodate ostomates, making the facilities easier to use for senior citizens and those with disabilities. The bathhouse also employs universal design principles and has handrails and ramps in the changing areas and tubs.
  • Shiba Seki Onsen
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    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Oita Beppushi-shi
    Shibaseki means purple stone, and this hot spring district derives its name from the purple fossils found here in the Edo period. Boasting a long history, records state that Emperor Daigo and Emperor Goreizei came to be healed by the hot spring waters here in 895 and 1044, respectively. The waters of the simple hot spring found here are gentle on the skin and are said to treat a wide array of conditions, including easing nerve pain, muscle soreness, and sensitivity to cold and promoting health. The Shibaseki Hot Spring bathhouse, the area's only bathhouse, was designated a Recuperation Spa Area in 1997; this bathhouse has two indoor hot spring baths of differing temperatures, an outdoor bath, a steam bath, and a family bath. Surrounded by natural beauty, the area has also been designated a Hot Spring Health Resort alongside Kannawa Onsen and Myoban Onsen, as well as a National Hot Spring Health Resorts in recognition of its powerful recuperative effects.

    市営の温泉です。なんと言っも210円て、蒸し風呂や露天風呂もあります。熱い湯舟とかなり熱い湯舟の2つあります。ぬるま湯に長くつかりたい人は露天風呂の方を。お気に入りの場所です。

  • Kamegawa Onsen
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Oita Beppushi-shi
    A hot spring district and location of the Beppu Kaihin Suna-yu (Beach Sand Bath), where visitors can be buried in sands heated by hot spring waters underneath an awning on a beach looking out over Beppu Bay. This hot spring health resort area once flourished as the northern entranceway to Beppu in the Edo period, serving as a transportation point on the way to Kokura Domain in Buzen Province. The area's sodium-chloride spring generates an abundant flow of piping hot water along the coast, and its waters are said to ease rheumatoid arthritis, motor paralysis, and minor cases of high blood pressure, in addition to aiding recovery from fatigue. The Beppu Kaihin Suna-yu (Beach Sand Bath), which began operating in 1986 inside Shoningahama Park, can accommodate more than 10 bathers at a time. A movable awning was installed at the site in 2002, ensuring that visitors can enjoy being covered in the hot sands even when it rains.
  • Akagawa Onsen
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Oita Taketa-shi
  • Akane Onsen
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Oita Kunisaki-shi Kunimimachi Akane 180
  • Usa Onsen
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Oita Usa Idemitsu 159-1
  • Ura Yabakei Onsen
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Oita Nakatsu-shi Yabakeimachi Kanayoshi
  • Onoya Onsen
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Oita Yufu-shi Shonaicho Higashichoho 454-1
  • Kabeyu Onsen
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Oita Kusu-gun Kokonoemachi Machida
  • Kitsuki Onsen
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Oita Kitsuki-shi Inoo 941
  • Kusu Onsen
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Oita Kusu-gun Kusumachi
  • Shichiri Da Onsen
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Oita Taketa-shi Kujumachi Ariuji Nanasato Ta
  • Suji Yu Onsen
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Oita Kusu-gun Kokonoemachi Yutsubo
  • Tsue Onsen
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Oita Hita-shi

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A trip to Oita is tantamount to a long soak in the Beppu baths. The mountainous, coastal prefecture of Oita is renowned for having more onsen than any other prefecture in Japan, most of which lie in the city of Beppu on the west coast of Kyushu, recognizable by its pungent sulphuric aroma and the clouds of steam that puff up across the hillside. Away from the Beppu hot springs await mountains, waterfalls, and temples, so don’t hesitate to explore Oita a little further.

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