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  • Arima Onsen
    Hyogo Kobe-shi Kita-ku Arimacho
    This hot spring district, Japan's oldest, is noted in the Nihon Shoki, The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon, and many other ancient texts. It is said the area was a favorite of many intellectuals and emperors, as well, including Emperor Jomei and Emperor Kotoku. The area's springs are a mixture of carbon dioxide springs, chloride springs, and five other spring varieties, something found hardly anywhere in the world; containing an abundance of minerals and metasilicic acid, their waters have powerful antibacterial and moisturizing properties. They are said to aid recovery from fatigue and promote health in addition to alleviating eczema, hives, atopy, and other skin diseases; burns; cuts; and a variety of other ailments.
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  • Minoo Onsen
    Osaka Minoo-shi Onsencho
    This hot spring district, designated as Meiji no mori Mino Quasi-national Park, is surrounded by natural beauty, and the skytop outdoor bath operated by the district's sole hotel offers a sweeping view of Osaka Plain. The hot spring waters here are some of the best in the Kansai region; a certified recuperative spring, it is also known as the Hot Spring of Life. This distinctive sodium bicarbonate chloride spring (formerly deemed a sodium chloride-containing sodium bicarbonate boric acid spring) is said to treat such ailments as neurasthenia, chronic women's diseases, nerve pain, and rheumatism, in addition to engendering beautiful skin. The city of Minoh is a renowned fall foliage destination, and in the autumn the foliage found in Meiji no mori Mino Quasi-national Park is particularly spectacular; Minoh Waterfall, located inside the park, has been selected as one of Japan's 100 most beautiful waterfalls. Tourism attractions such as Expo'70 Commemorative Park, the location of the famous Tower of the Sun art installation, are also located nearby, and the district makes an excellent place from which to base area sightseeing activities.
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  • Dorogawa Onsen
    Nara Yoshino-gun Tenkawamura Dorogawa
    A hot spring district situated 800 meters above sea level near the entrance to a trail leading up Mt. Omine, a mountain viewed as holy in the Shugendo religion. Since ancient times, this area's hot springs have soothed Shugendo ascetics and travelers. The area's mildly alkaline hypotonic simple springs are notable for being extremely gentle on the skin and being comfortable to climb into. Their waters are said to ease muscle soreness, joint pain, nerve pain, sensitivity to cold, chronic digestive diseases, and other ailments, and the bathhouses here bustle with customers, particularly mountain climbers. Also renowned for leaving one's skin smooth, moisturized, and soft, the area's baths are popular with women. This hot spring district is also close to Dorogawa Springs, considered one of Japan's 100 most beautiful water areas, and tofu, made with the vaunted waters from this place, is a local specialty.
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  • Nanki Shirahama Onsen
    Wakayama Nishimuro-gun Shirahamacho
    A hot spring district which was discovered over 1,300 years ago and which is considered one of Japan's three greatest ancient hot spring sites. Also noted in the ancient Man'yoshu and the Nihon Shoki, records state that many nobles and members of the Imperial Family, such as Empress Saimei and Emperor Monmu, bathed here. One of the highlights of this hot spring district is its location, which offers a commanding view of beautiful white sand beach and vast blue ocean, and the area bustles with tourists and hot spring-lovers particularly during swimming season. hydrogen carbonate springs, chloride spring, and sulfur springs are found in the area, differing by location and facility, and visitors can also enjoy bathing in and comparing their varying qualities.
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  • Ryujin Hot spring village
    Wakayama Tanabe-shi Ryujinmura Ryujin , Ryujinmura Komatagawa , Ryujinmura , Ryujinmura
    A quiet hot spring district sprawling amidst mountains along the Hidaka River. Together with Kawanaka Onsen in Gunma Prefecture and Yunokawa Onsen in Shimane Prefecture, this district is considered one of Japan's three great skin beautifying hot spring villages. Discovered by the great monk Kobo Daishi, founder of Shingon Buddhism, this ancient and history-leaden hot spring destination was used by the lords of the Kii Province Tokugawa clan in the Edo period. The area's hydrogen carbonate springs (alkaline springs) are characterized by their soft, velvety feel and are renowned for giving bathers smooth, moisturized skin. These waters are also said to have powerful warmth retaining qualities and aid in recovery from fatigue, help alleviate sensitivity to cold and stiff shoulders, and prevent post-bath chills.
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      nerve pain
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      aid recovery from fatigue
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  • Yuhigaura Onsen
    Kyoto Kyotango-shi Aminocho Hamazume
    Facing Yuhigaura, the western side of the Tango Peninsula, this relatively new hot spring district was first developed in 1980. The entire surrounding area is a renowned sightseeing destination and bustles with many tourists year-round. The area's sunsets are particularly beautiful and the source of its name (Yuhigaura means Sunset Beach). The area's clear hypotonic and mildly alkaline high temperature springs are said to aid recovery from fatigue in addition to helping alleviate nerve pain, muscle soreness, frozen shoulders, and rheumatic diseases. Their waters are also soft and renowned for their beautifying properties, leaving the skin nice and smooth.
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  • Ogotoonsen
    Shiga Otsu-shi Ogoto 6-5-1
    A history-leaden hot spring district records state was discovered by the great monk Saicho, founder of Tendai Buddhism, 1,200 years ago. Situated at the foot of holy Mt. Hiei near such famous Shiga destinations as Lake Biwa and the Hiyoshi Taisha shrine, this hot spring district is also conveniently close to Kyoto and Osaka and bustles year-round with tourists making use of it as a base for their sightseeing activities. The area's highly alkaline simple springs have a pH of 9.0; gentle on the skin and body, their waters are renowned for their beautifying properties, and are particularly popular with women because they leave the skin soft and smooth.
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      nerve pain
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  • Yunohana Onsen
    Kyoto Kameoka-shi
    A history-leaden hot spring district situated amongst the quiet mountains seven kilometers west of the heart of Kyoto City. Records state that the waters here were used to soothe the sword wounds of many a samurai during the Warring States period. The area's colorless simple, mildly radioactive springs (natural radium springs) are said to aid recovery from fatigue and promote health in addition to alleviating chronic digestive diseases, women's diseases, gout, sensitivity to cold, gallstones, and other ailments. The Anaoji Temple, Jinzoji Temple, and many other temples and historic sites are located in the area, and this hot spring village bustles with visitors throughout the year, serving as a base for exploring this ancient Japanese capital.
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  • Ako Onsen
    Hyogo Ako-shi Misaki
    A hot spring district facing the Harima Sea also known as the Hot Spring of Resurrection. Located on high ground along the coast, the district is situated far from other major sightseeing spots in the city and as such visitors can enjoy the beautiful Ako sunset here in peace and quiet. The hot spring got its start with the digging of the Ako Peninsula Hot Spring in 1970; a new natural hot spring source, located 1,600 meters below the ground, was dug in 2000. The waters of these high sodium, low temperature chloride springs have a soft, smooth feel. pH neutral common salt springs containing an abundance of minerals, they leave a layer of salt on the skin which prevents the evaporation of sweat, thus resulting in a powerful warmth retaining effect. Their waters are said to ease a wide range of conditions, including eight when drunk and 24 when bathed in, for a total of 32 health conditions, such as nerve pain, joint pain, and chronic digestive diseases.
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      nerve pain
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  • Sumoto Onsen
    Hyogo
    Facing the sea, this hot spring district, the largest on Awaji Island, is located in an area which in ancient times prospered as a castle town of Sumoto Castle. The area's brownish simple radon spring is mildly radioactive. A new spring, it was discovered in 1993 1,300 meters below the ground near the foot of Mt. Mikuma; its piping hot 37° C waters prevent post-bath chills. The various hot spring inns and hotels in the area compete with each other, offering a variety of indoor and outdoor baths possessing scenic views of the area. The magnificent Kitan Strait seascape and the fresh seafood brought in at Awaji's fishing harbor are two of the area's biggest draws. Visitors can also enjoy a numerous marine leisure activities here such as scenic drives along the coast and sea fishing, and the area is fast gaining popularity as a resort destination for family vacations.
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