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  • Bandaiatami Onsen
    Fukushima Koriyama-shi Atamimachi Atami
    A hot spring district consisting of around 27 hot spring hotels standing side by side in Koriyama. Developed as a hot spring resort some 800 years ago during the Kamakura period, the area's name is derived from a place in Izunokuni Province, what is now Shizuoka Prefecture, the area where the then-ruling lord of the Ito clan was born and raised. Records state that during the Nanboku-cho period, a princess of the Imperial Court suffered from an incurable disease but was healed by the waters of this area after receiving an oracle telling her to head northeast from the capital and bathe in the miraculous spring found at the side of the 500th river she encountered. The area's alkaline simple springs have a pH of 9.1 and their waters are characterized by their smooth, slippery feel. Because these colorless, odorless waters cured the princess, they are also said to grant beauty to women. The Hagi Hime Festival is held here on August 9 and 10 in celebration of the legend of the princess.
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  • Iwaki Yumoto Onsen
    Fukushima Iwaki-shi Jobanyumotomachi
    A hot spring district counted as one of Japan's great Three Ancient Springs alongside Dogo Onsen in Ehime Prefecture and Arima Onsen in Hyogo Prefecture. The area's natural sulfur springs, whose waters are drawn from some 50 meters below the surface, generate an astounding five tons of piping hot water every minute. The hypotonic, mildly alkaline high temperature sulfur springs here are a variety found almost nowhere else in the country and have been used for over 1,000 years. Their colorless, slightly saline waters, freely distributed throughout the town, are said to enhance beauty, detoxify the body, alleviate hardening of the arteries, and ease high blood pressure. The town also cultivates balneotherapists, hot spring health technicians able to provide medical hydrology- and preventative medicine-based advice on hot spring therapy, and here visitors can consult with these qualified persons on how to healthily and best make use of hot spring baths.
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  • Iizaka Onsen
    Fukushima Fukushima-shi Iizakamachi Totsuna Machi 3
    An ancient hot spring district considered one of the three most renowned alongside Akiu Onsen and Naruko Onsen in Miyagi. The history of the district dates all the way back to the Jomon period and it is said the legendary figure Yamato Takeru no mikoto bathed here. The Sabakoyu, the oldest wooden public bathhouse in Japan, is said to be the place where an ill Yamato Takeru no mikoto bathed to recuperate, and even today many tourists from around the prefecture and country make their way here. During the mid-Edo period, the area became quite famous, attracting the celebrated poet Matsuo Basho, who wrote about the hot spring district in his major work The Narrow Road to the Deep North, further enhancing the location's renowned. Here visitors can enjoy themselves in a variety of ways as suits their tastes and interests thanks to the area's nine variegated public bathhouses, free footbaths, and hot spring hotels offering delicious local cuisine.
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  • Take Onsen
    Fukushima Nihonmatsu-shi Take Onsen 1-16
    A hot spring district sprawling at the foot of 1,700 meter tall Mt. Adatara in Bandai-Asahi National Park. The area's acidic springs, a type found almost nowhere else in the country, are said to have been discovered by the shogun Sakanoue no Tamuramaro during his eastern expedition. The tasteless, odorless waters of the area's springs have a pH of 2.48 and are said to ease nerve pain, help heal motor paralysis, aid recovery from fatigue, and promote health. Long ago, during a time when there were no antibiotics, this ancient hot spring district provided an invaluable method of treatment for many diseases. In a Japan Hot Spring Association survey, this hot spring destination was selected as having the best natural beauty in the country and was also awarded the Fourth Superior Sight Seeing Area Cultivation Award by the Japan Travel and Tourism Association. The area also conducts fun health programs which combine hot spring bathing, cuisine, and exercise.
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  • Ashinomaki Onsen
    Fukushima Aizuwakamatsu-shi Otomachi Ashinomaki
    Ashinomaki is called the retreat of Aizuwakamatsu, but until a road leading here was constructed in the Meiji period, it was said to be a hidden village only locals knew about. Ashinomaki Onsen stands along the clear Ohkawa River, and the waters of its sulfate springs are said to treat women's diseases, rheumatism, and high blood pressure. Many hotels stand one next to the other along the river canyon, and many people love to enjoy the view from these hotels' outdoor baths. There are many points of interest in the area, as well. Visitors can take in both natural beauty and history at places such as the National Natural Monument-designated To-no-Hetsuri, and Ouchi-juku, a largely unchanged Edo period post station town designated a National Important Preservation District for Groups of Traditional Buildings. A money-saving pass which includes three visits to hot spring bathhouses of your choice called the Yumeguri Tegata is sold in the area, the perfect accompaniment to take along with you while exploring the town.
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  • Tsuchiyu Onsen
    Fukushima Fukushima-shi Tsuchiyuonsenmachi
    A hot spring district connected to an ancient legend concerning Prince Shotoku located in western Fukushima City 16 kilometers from Fukushima Station. The area is host to 17 hot spring hotels and old-fashioned public bathhouses as well as more casual day trip hot spring bathhouses, and visitors can choose which facility or facilities to visit based on their interests and mood. A variety of source springs are found in the area, including simple hot springs, simple sulfur springs, and hydrogen carbonate springs, each purported to offer different health benefits. Tsuchiyu Onsen, together with Togatta and Naruko, is also considered one of the three primary locations where kokeshi wooden dolls, a traditional craft, emerged, and visitors can observe kokeshi artisans at work or even try painting their own kokeshi doll at Matsuya Products Shop. Famed for its flowers as well as its history, visitors can also delight in this hot spring district's many seasonal flowering trees and, in the fall, gorgeous autumn foliage.
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  • Bobata Onsen
    Fukushima Ishikawa-gun Ishikawamachi Bobata
    This hot spring district, a frequent destination for people convalescing from medical treatments, is nestled amidst the mountains of Abukuma along the pure waters of the Kitasu River. Said to have first been developed 900 years ago, today there are five hot spring inns in the area. Because the area sees many guests who stay for extended periods of time, some of these inns have facilities for guests to make their own food, making this hot spring district a perfect destination for recuperating after a serious illness. The area's simple mildly radioactive springs contain an abundance of radium. Because it is said that bathing in the waters here for two or three days can cure most sicknesses, the district is also known as Bobata Three Day Hot Spring. There are also day trip hot spring bathing facilities here, making it easy for visitors exploring the area to enjoy a casual hot spring dip. Nearby sightseeing destinations include Bobata Lake, known for its beautiful fall foliage; Sawai Hachiman-jinja Shrine; the Shikibudo; and the Ishikawa Town History and Folk Customs Museum.
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  • Yokomuki Onsen
    Fukushima Yama-gun Inawashiromachi Wakamiya Nakano Yu
    A hot spring known as one of the three famous springs in the Oshu region, its waters well forth from a vein of hot water running under 1,709 meter high Mt. Tetsuzan. The waters of this simple spring contain the highest quantities of iron in Japan and are said to treat such ailments as nerve pain, rheumatism, gastrointestinal disorders, and sensitivity to cold. The spring is located close to the Yokomuki Onsen Ski Area and the Minowa Snow Resort and can serve as a base for enjoying area skiing and snowboarding. The area is also surrounded by virgin birch and beech forest which makes for great hiking. Other nearby destinations where visitors can experience the area's abundant natural beauty include Mt. Bandai and Lake Inawashiro. In addition, visitors can find many historic sites here, such as Kamegajo Park, the site of the castle which once served as a home for generations of the members of the local Inawashiro ruling clan; and the Former Yamauchi Residence, an ancient thatched roof home.
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  • Yunokami Onsen
    Fukushima Minamiaizu-gun Shimogomachi Yunokami
    This hot spring village, said to be the home of a hot spring god, encompasses seven source springs which generate 3,000 liters of piping hot water every minute, one of the greatest volumes in the country. The waters of these mildly alkaline simple springs contain a high concentration of negative ions; they warm the body all the way to the core and are said to treat a variety of ailments, including nerve pain, muscle soreness, joint pain, and chronic digestive diseases. There are many ryokan inns and minshuku bed and breakfasts in the area to suit an array of budgets and tastes. The village is situated along the clear stream of Okawa valley , and visitors can enjoy simple and ancient scenery here dotted with eye-catching rock formations. Some of the area's many other highlights include the To-no-Hetsuri cliff formation, a National Natural Monument; Ouchi-juku, a village which still retains much of its old post station townscape during the Edo period; and Nakayama Fuketsu Park, where visitors can see colonies of cold climate and alpine plants.
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  • Taka Yu Onsen
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    Fukushima Fukushima-shi Machiniwasaka
    A hot spring area first cultivated 400 years ago, a Yakushido hall enshrining a statue of Bhaisajyaguru stands next to the famous Adachiya inn at its center. The Yakushido was built to house the statue, which was commissioned in 1794 by Sugano Kuniyasu during the mid-Edo period when the hot spring area was cultivated. Records state that in ancient times people would pray to the statue to further enhance the benefits of bathing in the area’s acidic sulfur containing aluminum calcium sulfate springs. The waters of these springs are said to have all kinds of beneficial effects, and visitors can find detailed information on how to bathe in them to best treat this or that ailment. Visitors will also want to be sure to check out the public bathhouse in the area, which is constantly supplied with natural, undiluted, unheated hot spring water from a source spring “kakenagashi” style; the bathhouse’ Japanese style building is modeled after the public bathhouses of old, and all of its baths are outdoor baths.