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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.
      Effect
      nerve pain
      muscle soreness
      joint pain
      aid recovery from fatigue
      etc
  • Hikone Sen no Matsubara Onsen
    Shiga Pref. Hikoneshi Matsubarachou 3759
    This hot spring wells up on the grounds of the Kanpo no Yado Hikone, a hotel standing right on the shore of Japan's largest lake, Lake Biwa. The waters of this hypotonic, mildly alkaline, low temperature simple spring are said to treat nerve pain, joint pain, and chronic digestive diseases in addition to aiding recovery from fatigue. The hotel's large bath on the sixth floor features floor to ceiling windows offering a panoramic view of Lake Biwa. The hotel's private, reservable bath (reservation required) has a natural hot spring outdoor bath incorporating universal design principles, and here families can enjoy a relaxing soak without having to think about the people around them. Both the large bath and reservable bath may be used by non-guests. The hotel also has a popular medicinal herb bath Ibuki yakuso-yu which contains Japanese mugwort and six other varieties of medicinal herbs.
      Effect
      nerve pain
      muscle soreness
      joint pain
      aid recovery from fatigue
      etc