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  • Nozawaonsen
    Nagano Shimotakai-gun Nozawaonsenmura Toyosato
    Sprawling at the foot of Mt. Kenashi, this is one of the most historic hot spring districts in the prefecture. There are various theories as to when the hot spring district was discovered. One belief is that it was found by the priest Gyoki (or an itinerate monk undergoing training) during the reign of Emperor Shomu, while another legend says that it was happened upon by a hunter following a wounded bear. Since the Edo period, the district has been lovingly maintained by the hands of local residents under a system called Yunakama, and today this system continues to preserve and service the area's abundant water flow and more than 30 source springs. In addition to bathhouses, the town is dotted with countless footbaths and 13 external bath areas for visitors to sample and enjoy.
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      nerve pain
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      aid recovery from fatigue
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  • Yumura Onsen
    Yamanashi Kofu Yumura
    This history-leaden hot spring district is said to have been discovered by the great monk Kobo Daishi, the founder of Shingon Buddhism, some 1,200 years ago. Also used by the likes of Takeda Shingen, Dazai Osamu, and many other famous samurai and men of culture, this area has been designated a National Hot Spring Health Resorts. The waters of the area's colorless chloride springs and sulfate springs are characterized by a velvety soft feel; gentle on the skin, they can be comfortably bathed in by men and women of all ages. These waters have strong moisturizing and heat retaining properties and are renowned for leaving the skin smooth and preventing post-bath chills. The area is dotted with scenic locations such as Shosenkyo Gorge as well as many facilities offering fruit picking for visitors to enjoy.
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  • Hirugami Onsen
    Nagano Shimoina-gun Achimura Hirugami (Hirugami Onsen)
    A relatively new hot spring district which was started in 1973 and which is the largest in southern Shinshu region. Also a renowned destination for enjoying peach blossoms, in spring the area bustles with great numbers of tourists come to the see the surrounding mountains decorated with colorful red, light pink and white beach flowers. The area's clear simple sulfur spring waters boast a strong pH level of 9.7. Containing an abundance of sodium, chlorine, and other moisturizing substances, these waters are said to aid in the removal of old, dead skin layers, resulting in smoother skin, and this hot spring district is particularly popular with women thanks to these skin beautifying properties.
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      nerve pain
      muscle soreness
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      frozen shoulders
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  • Tsukioka Onsen
    Niigata Shibata-shi Tsukioka Onsen
    A hot spring district which was first developed over 100 years ago and which has long been loved as the retreat of Niigata. The area's beautiful emerald green sulfur springs contain some of the highest mineral concentrations of any spring in the country. Boasting powerful whitening and antibacterial effects, their waters are said to aid recovery from fatigue and promote health in addition to easing skin diseases, cuts, and other ailments. These waters also leave the skin smooth and soft and have long been revered for their beautifying and antiaging properties. The district is home to mixed gender bathing facilities, hot spring inns, and hand- and footbaths and, unusual for an area with sulfur springs, hot spring water drinking facilities, and this hot spring village also bears the self-imposed title of the worst-tasting hot spring in Japan.
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  • Shibu Onsen
    Nagano Shimotakai-gun Yamanouchimachi Hirao
    A hot spring district with a long history which records state was discovered by the great priest Gyoki in the Nara period. The area boasts such a large number of source springs and such an abundance of hot spring water that you can dig practically anywhere into the ground and soon find piping hot water bubbling up from below. In addition to hot spring hotels, there are nine public bathhouses in the area, and visitors can go on the traditional Kyu-to Meguri pilgrimage and try all nine for free to compare and contrast (limited to persons staying overnight in the district). Each of the Kyu-to Meguri bathhouses makes use of a different source spring with differing water qualities, and pilgrims can get a special tenugui hand towel stamped at each bathhouse as proof of their visit. The pilgrimage ends with a visit to the Shibutaka Yakushi Temple, which offers a sweeping view of the district, to receive one final stamp that is said to grant one's wish as well as protection from misfortune, safe childbirth and child rearing, and youth and longevity.
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      nerve pain
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      Bruises
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  • Yamanaka Onsen
    Ishikawa Kaga-shi Yamanaka Onsen
    A hot spring district situated along the Kakusen-kei Valley considered one of the three most renowned in Japan. Boasting some 1,300 years of history since its discovery and considered one of the Three Great Hot Springs of Fuso (Japan), records show that this hot spring district was a favorite of the famous haiku poet Matsuo Basho as well as many other writers and artists. The area's sulfate springs contain an abundance of potassium, sodium, and other minerals, and are said to aid recovery from fatigue and promote health in addition to easing muscle soreness, frozen shoulders, sensitivity to cold, chronic digestive diseases, chronic skin diseases, and other conditions. Some facilities also offer hot spring waters that can be drunk, and these are said to help relieve constipation, gout, and obesity.
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  • Awara Onsen
    Fukui Awara-shi Onsen 1-1-1
    First opened in 1883, this hot spring district is one of Fukui Prefecture's most well-known and boasts a deep-seated popularity among many hot spring lovers. Numerous hot spring hotels with lovely gardens stand eve to even amidst quiet and tranquil rural scenery, and this charming air has resulted in the area gaining the nickname the retreat of theKansai region. The area's hot springs are primarily earthy chloride common salt springs containing an abundance of sodium and potassium, but there are several source springs in the district and visitors can enjoy slightly differing spring properties depending on the location and facility. A pass called the Awara Onsen Yumeguri Tegata is sold at tourist information centers which include three visits to hot spring bathhouses in the district.
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      [Bathing] rheumatism
      Chronic dermatitis
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      Atopic dermatitis\[drinking] chronic gastritis
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  • Wakura Onsen
    Ishikawa Nanao-shi Wakuramachi
    A hot spring district located on the sea, a rarity in Japan, which according to records was discovered in the Daido era (806-810). Many hot spring hotels stand side by side along Nanao Bay, and in these facilities visitors can take a relaxing bath in hot spring waters while taking in the view of the vast ocean beyond. The area's chloride springs are rich in minerals and are said to aid recovery from fatigue and promote health as well as easing muscle soreness, skin diseases, and sensitivity to cold. The area is renowned for the beauty of its sunsets and is a highly popular driving destination. The Wakura Onsen Summer Fireworks display is also held each summer, and during this event the area bustles with many visitors come to enjoy the show.
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      nerve pain
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  • Yudanaka Onsen
    Nagano Shimotakai-gun Yamanouchimachi Hirao
    A hot spring district with a lengthy history, the area was discovered by a Buddhist monk, Chiyu during the reign of Emperor Tenji. The great haiku poet Kobayashi Issa once composed some of his works here and a walking path named after the master leads from the Sekai Heiwa Kannon temple to the pine tree once known as the Ugan no Matsu. The area's clear chloride springs and sulfate springs contain an abundance of sodium and other minerals and are said to aid recovery from fatigue and promote health in addition to alleviating nerve pain, muscle soreness, and gastrointestinal disorders and healing cuts. Their waters are also said to have powerful skin beautifying properties and are popular with women.
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      nerve pain
      cuts
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      gastrointestinal disorders
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  • Omachi Hot spring village
    Nagano Omachi-shi Taira Omachi Hot spring village
    A relatively new hot spring district created in 1963 by piping water from Kuzu Onsen in Takase Gorge, its charming location commands a view of the magnificent Hida Mountains (Northern Japan Alps). Encircled by white birch, oak, and beech trees, in fall visitors can enjoy the sight of beautiful autumn foliage. Situated near Kurobe Dam and the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, the area is used by large numbers of tourists both as a base for sightseeing and mountain climbing. The area's mildly alkaline simple springs are said to aid recovery from fatigue and promote health in addition to alleviating muscle soreness, frozen shoulders, joint pain, sensitivity to cold, and other ailments.
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      nerve pain
      muscle soreness
      joint pain
      aid recovery from fatigue
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