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  • Okunikko Yumoto Onsen
    Tochigi Nikko-shi Yumoto
    A quiet hot spring district surrounded by lakes and forest in the heart of the Senjogahara area. Serving as the retreat of Nikko, the district sprawls along the north shore of Yunoko Lake, the source of the Yukawa River, which itself drains into Lake Chuzenji. The area's simple hydrogen sulfide sulfur springs are renowned for their superb skin beautifying powers; their waters emerge emerald green but turn a milky white when they come in contact with the air. The springs are ancient and are said to have been discovered 1,200 years ago by Shodo Shonin, founder of the Nikko Rinno-ji temple. The Anyo no Yu footbath, located in the north part of the district, is frequented by area mountain climbers and hikers seeking to sooth their tired feet (facility free; closed in winter). The area produces an abundant volume of piping hot water which is used not only by local inns and bathhouses but which is also piped to Chuzenji Onsen and Kotoku Onsen.
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  • Kinugawaonsen
    Tochigi Nikko-shi Kinugawaonsen Taki‧Fujiwara‧Ohara
    This hot spring district sprawling along the Kinugawa River is one of the largest in the country. The area's hot springs were discovered on the grounds of a Shinto shrine in the Edo period and it is said that only lords and high priests were allowed to bathe in their waters. The area's alkaline simple springs have a smooth and velvety feel and are said to aid in recovery from fatigue and promote health in addition to alleviating nerve pain, muscle soreness, and skin disease. The area is dotted with renowned things to see and do, including Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura, Tobu World Square, and the Kinugawa Line Kudari River Cruise, and the district bustles with tourists making use of the hot spring village as a base for sightseeing activities.
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  • Yunishigawa Onsen
    Tochigi Nikko-shi Yunishigawa
    An ancient hot spring district which, according to legend, was discovered by a fleeing Taira clan soldier after the defeat at the Battle of Dan-no-ura and used by him to heal his wounds. The area derives its name from the Yunishigawa River, a part of the Tone River class A river system. Many old Japanese homes and traditional ryokan inns stand eave to eave here, and locations such as the Heikezuka Taira clan burial ground; Heike no Sato, a facility which recreates the lifestyle once enjoyed by the Taira clan; and the Heike Ochiudo Minzoku Shiryokan, a museum dedicated to the defeated clan; convey the area's long history. From the area's large public baths, reservable private baths, outdoor baths, and riverbed baths, constantly replenished from source springs kakenagashi style, visitors can take in the stunning rural beauty found here. The famous Kamakura Festival is held here from late January through mid-March, and during this time the flood plain is decorated with some 1,200 miniature snow huts turned lanterns, creating magical scenery for visitors to enjoy.
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  • Ashino Onsen
    Tochigi Nasu-gun Nasumachi Ashino 1461
    During the Edo period, this hot spring district was located in the Basin between the mountainside hills of Ashino-juku, a post station town situated along the Ohshu Highway, and at that time it operated much like a modern-day health spa. The district has two private source springs, both simple alkaline hot springs, and their waters are said to treat a variety of ailments, including muscle soreness and nerve pain in addition to aiding recovery from fatigue. The area's two medicinal herb baths are particularly renowned. The Nagi no Yu is for diseases which are caught from some other source outside the body, while the Nabi no Yu is for inherent diseases; the waters of the Nagi no Yu are particularly harsh, and bathers will begin experience pain across their skin after a five minute dip in the tub. Bathers are recommended to take two to three five minute dips with small breaks in between. The district's medicinal mist sauna is also popular, and its essential oils, when absorbed by the mucous membranes of the nose, act particularly effectively on the throat to suppress coughing.
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  • Shiobara Hot spring village
    Tochigi Nasushiobara-shi Shiobara
    First developed 1,200 years ago, this hot spring area contains around 60 hot spring hotels and some 150 variegated source springs. One of the area's most attractive features is the ability to choose from among a wide variety of different hot spring qualities and colors and facility locations. Yuppo no Sato, located in the heart of the area, is Japan's largest footbath facility; 60 meters in length, visitors can enjoy a relaxing footbath along with soothing natural beauty. There are also numerous rustic and charming outdoor baths, old-fashioned public bathhouses, and casual day trip hot spring facilities, and visitors are encouraged to try and compare the baths at various locations. Situated between atmospheric mountains, the area is also famous for its highland vegetables and soba noodles, visitors will find many soba noodle restaurants located a just a bit further out. In addition, the area notably holds a large number of events throughout the year.
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  • Nasu Onsen
    Tochigi Nasu-gun Nasumachi Yumoto
    The Nasu Onsenkyo hot spring district sprawls along the side of 1,915 meter tall Mt. Chausu, Tochigi Prefecture's only active volcano. The Nasuyumoto Onsen (Shika no Yu) hot spring boasts the longest history of any on the mountain and was discovered some 1,380 years ago in 630. It is the 32nd oldest discovered hot spring in Japan and the oldest in Tochigi Prefecture, having been discovered even earlier than even Shiobara and Nikko's vaunted waters. Today, the waters of this sulfur spring are used by the Shika no Yu public bathhouse, which stands near the famous Killing Stone, a rock which legend says was once a tricky nine-tailed fox. The waters of this spring are said to treat such ailments as skin diseases, women's diseases, gastrointestinal disorders, and fatigue. Piping hot, they range from 63 to 80° C, and because the bathhouse also keeps the temperatures of its tubs quite high, it recommends bathers make use of a unique system of timed bathing handed down since ancient times in order to avoid overheating.
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  • Kawaji Onsen
    Tochigi Nikko-shi Kawaji Onsen
    A hot spring district developed in the Edo period which first flourished as a post station town on the Aizu Highway and which has also been long been a renowned destination for curative hot spring bathing. Situated along a ravine carved out by the converging waters of the Ojika River and Kinugawa River, the district is surrounded by lush, natural beauty. The waters of the area's alkaline simple springs are said to treat nerve pain, rheumatism, and injuries. Ryuokyo Canyon, eroded from volcanic rock some 22 million years ago, and the canon's nature research trails are located nearby; taking a soothing hot spring bath is truly something else after exploring this gorgeous natural wilderness. Visitors can get a Yumegrui Stamp Rally map with places to receive stamps certifying a visit to the baths of nine hot spring inns in the area. There are also casual day trip hot spring bathhouses here.
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  • Itamuro Onsen
    Tochigi Nasushiobara-shi
    This hot spring district, situated among the mountains along the Nakagawa River, was once known as Shiobara Onsen. Discovered by Saburo Muneshige Nasu when he went hunting to the depths of the mountain in 1059 according to legend, Itamuro Onsen has been counted as one of the Seven Hot Springs of Nasu since ancient times. In 1971, the district was designated a National Hot Spring Health Resorts, and has also been Recuperation Spa Area. The waters of the area's simple alkaline hot springs are colorless and are said to treat an abundant array of ailments, including nerve pain, muscle soreness, joint pain, frozen shoulders, bruises, sprains, motor disorders, sensitivity to cold, recovery from fatigue, chronic digestive diseases, and high blood pressure, in addition to aiding post-illness recovery and promoting general health. Hot spring bathing guides, permanently station at the area's hot spring lodging facilities, can give you advice on the best way to bathe.
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  • Kawamata Onsen
    Tochigi Nikko-shi Kawamata
    This hot spring district, located in Nikko National Park, is one of the many which make up the Okukinugawa Onsenkyo hot spring village. The district is said to have been settled by defeated Heike clan soldiers and, according to legend, its hot spring waters were discovered by one of them, a man named Taira no Fujifusa. The four hot spring lodging facilities in the district stand along the ravine river or Kawamata Lake, and the area sees particularly many visitors during the fresh verdure of May, the fall foliage season, and when the New Soba Festival is held in November. The waters of the area's chloride springs are said to be effective for general indication and treat cuts, peripheral circulatory failure, sensitivity to cold, depression, and abnormally dry skin. An observatory right in front of the district as well as the Funsenkyo Bridge offer spectacular views of a geyser which shoots jets of water 15 meters into the air. There are both day trip bathhouses and lodging facilities in the district, making it easy to stop by while traveling through the area.
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  • Bato Hot spring village
    Tochigi Nasu-gun Nakagawamachi
    A scenic hot spring village boasting a sweeping view of Mt. Nasudake and the connecting mountains, Mt. Takahara, and the Nikko Mountain Range. The village, dotted with hot spring lodging facilities standing right next to the Nakagawa River, is famous for the waters of its simple alkaline hot springs, which are gentle on the skin and leave it smooth and beautiful. They are also said to promote post-illness, post-bone fracture, post-trauma, and post-surgery convalescence, in addition to treating an abundant variety of ailments, such as muscle soreness, joint pain, bruises, sprains, sensitivity to cold and chronic women's diseases. Most of the village's hot spring facilities face west and the area is thus also known as the Hot Spring Village of the Setting Sun because of the beautiful sunsets visitors can enjoy. Many of the lodging facilities in the village allow non-guests to use their bathhouses, making it easy to stop here and enjoy hot spring bathing while traveling through the region.
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