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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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  • Senami Onsen
    Niigata Murakami-shi Senami Onsen
    A scenic hot spring district commanding a view of the Sea of Japan whose waters were discovered in 1904 while excavating for petroleum. The district has four free footbaths which draw their waters directly from source springs, making it easy for visitors to enjoy a hot spring footbath while exploring the area. The area's chloride springs contain an abundance of minerals and are said to aid recovery from fatigue and promote health in addition to alleviating muscle soreness and nerve pain, and helping heal cuts, burns, and skin diseases. The area's source springs are an extremely hot 95° C, earning this area the nickname the Hot hot spring. Hot spring eggs, custard-like soft boiled eggs made using source spring waters, are a popular delicacy here.
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  • Iwamuro Onsen
    Niigata Niigata-shi Nishikan-ku Iwamuro Onsen 96-1
    This hot spring district, first developed 300 years ago, was designated a National Hot Spring Health Resorts in 1963. The area is also known as the Hot Spring of the Ghost Goose due to the strange legend concerning how it was discovered. The waters of the area's sulfur-containing sodium calcium chloride springs are said to treat rheumatic arthritis, nerve pain, wounds, burns, chronic skin diseases, and chronic women's diseases. Visitors can find hot spring hotels and traditional ryokan inns which pride themselves on their cuisine, as well as casual day trip hot spring bathhouses. Situated inside Sado-Yahiko-Yoneyama Quasi-National Park, there are an abundance of sightseeing destinations in the area, such as the Gakematsu Pine, Hanadachi Iwa Rock and Shiro Iwa Rock, part of the scenic Maze coast. The sight of the setting sun sinking into the sea beyond Sado Island from the Maze coast is also stunning.
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  • Hatsukaishi Onsen
    Nigata Pref. Minamiuonumashi Ishiuchi Dojo
    A hot spring district adjoining the Ishiuchi Maruyama ski and snowboard resort in Minamiuonuma City. The waters of the area's sodium chloride spring are said to treat joint pain, muscle soreness, and nerve pain. Surrounded by ski resorts and hot springs, Hatsukaishi Onsen's sole hot spring hotel, Ishiuchi Yung Parunas, is notable for its abundant and variegated bathhouse facilities. The hotel has indoor and outdoor baths as well as a medicinal bath which contains finely chopped and dried chameleon plant, bamboo grass, and Thunberg's geranium combined with Morishita Jintan medicinal bath salts; a salt sauna; and a Shigaraki ware bath. The hotel's bathing facilities are also open to non-guests, but its guest rooms which come with their own outdoor bath are particularly popular. The hotel is located four to five kilometers away from the Yuzawa and Shiozawa Ishiuchi Interchanges and can serve as a convenient place from which to base are ski and sightseeing activities.
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  • Unohama Onsen
    Niigata Joetsu-shi Ogata-ku Kudohama
    Unohama means Cormorant Beach , a name the area gained due to a legend about an elder cormorant living here. Located close to the ocean, visitors to this hot spring district can enjoy swimming and hot spring bathing. The history of this district is not extensive but the waters of its chloride springs are said to treat skin diseases and today the area encompasses eight hot spring hotels with bathhouses that are open to non-guests as well. Visitors will also find an abundance of sightseeing destinations in the area, including a reconstruction of the three tiered tower of Takada Castle, once the residence of the samurai lord Matsudaira Tadateru, inside Takada Park; Joetsu Aquarium, which keeps the largest number of Magellanic penguins and beluga whales in the country; and the Odeguchi Sensui spring, which, according to legend, was once a village water source but was miraculously moved to its current location around 712 after the ascetic Mokujiki- Fuseri no Gyoja was refused water by the villagers and prayed for divine assistance. The district also holds events.
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  • Tsubame Onsen
    Niigata Myoko-shi Sekiyama
    A hot spring district located at the entrance to a trailhead leading up Mt. Myoko is known for the milky white waters of its springs. The district encompasses two free open air baths, however, they are not open in winter; from spring through fall, many visitors come here to enjoy a hot spring bath while taking in the area's gorgeous seasonal natural beauty. According to legend, the area's waters were discovered by the great priest Kobo Daishi, and of the seven hot spring districts which make up the Myoko Kogen Onsenkyo, this one is the oldest. The waters of the district's sulfur springs are said to treat such ailments as nerve pain, rheumatism, women's diseases, gastrointestinal disorders, skin diseases, and hemorrhoids. In ancient times, the area's waters were used exclusively for curative purposes and their quality is superb. Situated along deep inside the ravine carved out by the Otagiri River, the Kawara no Yu bath is known for its spectacular scenery, while the open and airy Ogon no Yu commands a view of Mt. Myoko; between these two open air baths, the Kawara no Yu is mixed gender.
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  • Yahiko Onsen
    Niigata Nishikanbara-gun Yahikomura Yahiko
    The Yahiko Onsenkyo hot spring village encompasses two source springs - Sakuraikyo Onsen, known for its abundant volume of piping hot water; and Yujinja Onsen, which only began supplying water in 2007. In addition to hotels and ryokan inns, visitors will find a variety of hot spring bathing facilities in the area, including day trip bathhouses and footbaths, each with its own unique characteristics. Yu Shrine, the source of Yujinja Onsen, is located beyond a valley of maple trees reachable from a tunnel in Yahiko Park, the outer garden of Yahiko Shrine. Known to locals as the Ishiyakushi Daimyojin, the shrine is still visited by many people today due to legends about it miraculously curing all manner of diseases and granting the prayers of worshippers. The waters of the alkaline simple spring are said to beautify and remove old, dead skin; grant calm; aid recovery from fatigue and illness; release stress; and promote health.
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  • Tsunogami Onsen
    Niigata Higashikanbara-gun Aga Machi Kanose 11840
    Operated by Hotel Tsunogami, this hot spring, situated along the Agano River, has two source springs known for their quality waters-a hydrogen carbonate spring and a sulfate spring. Situated inside Tsunogami Village, a 120 thousand square meter resort area sprawling at the foot of the Iide Mountains, is surrounded by vast, natural beauty. The hotel's recirculation-assisted (heated) scenic baths and outdoors baths are supplied entirely from natural hot spring sources and offer sweeping views of the Agano River and the scenery of the opposite bank. The hotel also has a private reservable outdoor bath perfect for families and friends. There are also many leisure and sightseeing destinations in the area, such as the Agano River Line Boat Ride; Japanese washi paper making classes; and hiking in Takigashira Marsh, one of only a very few artificially created marshes found anywhere in the country. Visitors enjoy the Gokuraku-ji Temple's famous Nonaka-zakura cherry tree, a National Natural Monument in the middle of April.
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  • Yomogihira Onsen
    Niigata Nagaoka-shi Yomogihiramachi
    This hot spring district, serving as the retreat of Echigo Nagaoka, was first developed with the building of a hot spring hotel in 1869 and has flourished as a therapeutic hot spring bathing destination ever since. Even today, the waters of the area's simple sulfur and simple alkaline hot springs are beloved by many; leaving the skin silky smooth, they are particularly popular with women. These waters are also said to treat such ailments as skin diseases, women's diseases, cuts, hardening of the arteries, high blood pressure, and high blood sugar. Nearby Koryu-jinja Shrine is a Shinto shrine boasting 600 years of history, and many worshippers from all over the country make their way to this sacred site. Some of area's many other sightseeing destinations where visitors can come in contact with local history and nature include Takenokochi Fudo-jinja Shrine, Fudo Falls, the Yamakoshi Rice Terraces, and Yukyuzan Park (known to locals as Oyama Park).
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  • Sakihana Onsen
    Niigata Gosen-shi Sadori
    A hot spring district which generates some of the greatest quantities of piping hot water of any in Niigata Prefecture. According to legend, the area's name was once written with characters meaning flowers ahead, but this was changed to different but identically pronounced characters meaning blooming flowers after the hot springs here were discovered, an allusion to the yubana hot spring mineral flower crusts they generate. The waters of the area's simple sulfur springs are said to be effective for general indication and treat such ailments as chronic skin diseases, chronic women's diseases, cuts, diabetes, high blood pressure, and hardening of the arteries. A money-saving pass called the Yumeguri Tegata is sold at participating hot spring inns; the pass enables users to visit the bathhouses of any three participating inns of their choice. The district also makes a convenient place from which to base area sightseeing activities, and some of the many places where visitors can enjoy local scenery and history include Mizubasho Park; Shiroato Park, the site of the castle where the Hori clan once resided; and the Hayade River valley.
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