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  • Gero Onsen
    Gifu Gero-shi Yunoshima‧Koda‧Mori
    A historic hot spring district and, together with Arima Onsen in Hyogo Prefecture and Kusatsu Onsen in Gunma Prefecture, considered one of the three most renowned hot spring districts in Japan. Sprawling along the Hidagawa River, the area is dotted with numerous hot spring inns, communal baths, and free footbaths, making it easy for visitors to enjoy all the delights of hot spring bathing. The area's simple alkaline hot spring waters are colorless and are notable for making the skin feel soft and smooth. The waters moisturize the skin and aid in heat retention. Also said to aid the removal of old, dead skin layers, these waters are known for their beautifying properties. The area is also dotted with natural carbonated springs welling up from underneath the ground, and this hot spring district is particularly popular with women.
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  • Hidatakayama Onsen
    Gifu Takayama-shi Honmachi 1-2
    A history-leaden hot spring district known as the Little Kyoto of Hida, one of its greatest charms is its old-fashioned townscapes, which still look much as they did during the Edo period. The area's colorless, mildly alkaline and hypotonic simple springs are said to aid recovery from fatigue and illness; promote health; and alleviate muscle soreness, joint stiffness, bruises, sprains, sensitivity to cold, and chronic digestive diseases. The Takayama Festival, held each year in April and October, attracts many visitors; considered one of Japan's three most beautiful festivals alongside Kyoto's Gion Festival and the Chichibu Night Festival, it is also registered by UNESCO as an example of Intangible Cultural Heritage.
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  • Toi Onsen
    Shizuoka Izu-shi Toi
    A hot spring district sprawling along the Toi coast which is the oldest and one of the largest in western Izu. This area is said to have been a favorite of famous author Yasunari Kawabata and many other celebrities. The district is situated in a scenic location commanding a view of Suruga Bay and boasts a climate that is warm year-round. Also renowned for the beauty of its sunsets, the view of the setting sun from Matsubara Park, location of the worlds largest flower clock, is superb. The sulfate springs and chloride springs found here contain an abundance of potassium, sodium, and other minerals, and are said to aid in recovery from fatigue and promote health in addition to easing conditions such as muscle soreness, nerve pain, and skin diseases.
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  • Shuzenji Onsen
    Shizuoka Izu-shi Shuzenji
    A renowned hot spring district which records say was discovered by the great monk Kobo Daishi in 807. It is considered one of Japan's 100 most renowned hot spring districts alongside the famous Three Ancient Hot Springs of Izu. This area was also the site of the famous power struggle which took place in the Minamoto clan in the Kamakura period, and the town is dotted with historic sites connected to the clan such as the Shigetsuden, the oldest wooden structure in Izu. The alkaline waters of the simple springs found here are said to aid recovery from fatigue and promote health in addition to helping relieve muscle soreness, chronic digestive diseases, sensitivity to cold, and other ailments.
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  • Atami Onsen
    Shizuoka Atami-shi
    A hot spring district with a long history said to have been used by the mighty Tokugawa Ieyasu and numerous other powerful historical personages, famous people, and members of the Imperial Family. Generating some 16,000 liters daily, one of the greatest volumes in the country, this hot spring village is considered one of Japan's top three. Atami means hot ocean, and legend has it this name is derived from a time when hot spring waters welled up from the bed of the nearby ocean, making it so hot that the fish in it died. The area is home to over 500 source springs, which are generally three types-chloride spring, sulfate spring, or simple spring. All are said to aid recovery from fatigue and promote health as well as ease muscle soreness, nerve pain, chronic skin diseases, and a variety of other conditions.
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  • Hirayu Onsen
    Gifu Takayama-shi Okuhida Hot spring village Hirayu
    The oldest hot spring district in the Okuhida Onsenkyo hot spring village sprawling at the foot of Mt. Norikura. According to the Hishushi written at the end of the Edo period, the area was discovered when the mighty lord Takeda Shingen invaded the Hida region and happened to follow an old, white monkey to a hot spring. There are some 40 source springs in the district, and, depending on the location, visitors can enjoy a variety of hot spring qualities, including hydrogen carbonate springs, chloride springs, sulfur springs, and simple springs. Located close to Kamikochi and Mt. Norikura, the district is also used as a base for mountain climbing activities. Hantai eggs, boiled eggs with firm yolks and soft whites, are a popular local specialty made using the area's high temperature hot spring waters, which reach up to 90 ° C.
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  • Inatori Onsen
    Shizuoka Kamo-gun Higashiizucho Inatori
    A hot spring district blessed with a year-round warm climate and located in a picturesque area commanding a view of Izu Oshima. Many traditional events are held here, such as the Dontsuku Festival, said to be the strangest festival on Earth, and the area bustles with tourists throughout the year. The waters of the district's colorless, mildly alkaline chloride springs possess outstanding moisturizing and heat retaining properties and are renowned for warming the body all the way to the core and preventing post-bath chills. These waters are also said to aid recovery from fatigue and promote health in addition to moisturizing the skin and easing sensitivity to cold and stiff shoulders.
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  • Ito Onsen
    Shizuoka Ito-shi
    A hot spring district with a long history dating back to its discovery in the Heian period. In the Edo period, the area's waters were gifted to the mighty Tokugawa clan. There are over 700 source springs in the area generating an astounding 30 thousand liters of hot water per minute, one of the greatest volumes in the country, and visitors can enjoy bathing in tubs constantly replenished kakenagashi style from a source spring at many bathhouse facilities in the city. The qualities of the springs differ slightly depending on location, but in general they are clear mildly saline springs and simple springs. Mildly saline springs are renowned for their heat retention properties which prevent post-bath chills. The area's simple springs are gentle on the skin, ensuring their waters can be used comfortably by men and women of all ages.
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  • Sumatakyo Onsen
    Shizuoka Haibara-gun Kawanehon Cho Sumatakyo
    A hot spring district sprawling at the foot of Mt. Daimugen and surrounded by abundant natural beauty. A little-known hot spring village popular with hot spring lovers, visitors can enjoy luxurious hot spring bathing while taking in vast, seasonal scenery and, at night, star-filled skies. The district also serves as a base for those looking to climb Mt. Daimugen and the Akaishi Mountains (Southern Japan Alps). Renowned for its picturesque beauty, the area sees many visitors particularly during the fall foliage season. The area's virtually colorless simple sulfur springs leave the skin moisturized and smooth and thus this hot spring village is also known for its ability to aid in the enhancement of feminine beauty.
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  • Izunagaoka Onsen
    Shizuoka Izunokuni-shi Nagaoka‧Kona
    A vast hot spring district sprawling at the foot of Mt. Genji on the Izu Peninsula. Developed at the end of the Meiji period, this relatively new hot spring village has over 100 source springs and produces an extremely abundant volume of piping hot water. The area' colorless alkaline simple springs contain an abundance of sodium, calcium, and other minerals; their waters are gentle on the skin and particularly popular with women due to their beautifying properties, as they leave the skin soft and smooth. Some of the facilities in the area have places where visitors can drink these hot spring waters, and doing so is said to help ease chronic gastrointestinal disorders and other digestive organ diseases.
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