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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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  • Nanki Katsuura Onsen
    Wakayama Higashimuro-gun Nachikatsuuracho
    A hot spring district situated along the sea at the foot of Mt. Nachi registered as part of the Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range World Heritage Site. Notable for its over 100 source springs and abundant volume of piping hot water, in 2014 the area was designated the Nanki Kumano Geopark. Hotel Urashima's Boukido Cave is a large hot spring bath facility housed inside a natural cave carved out by the raging waves of the Kumano Sea. The Hotel Nakanoshima's Kishu Chomon no Yu is a seaside outdoor bath from which bathers can enjoy watching the waves break right before their eyes. There are many renowned baths carved out by Mother Nature herself here, and Kii-Katsuura Station's strolling garden is dotted with footbaths.
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  • Wakanoura Onsen
    Wakayama Pref. Wakayamashi Shinwakaura 2-10
    A hot spring hotel situated amidst picturesque scenery in the suburb of Wakayama City, here visitors can enjoy a relaxing hot spring soak and take in gorgeous views. The area came to be called Wakanoura based on a poem by Man'yoshu poet Yamabe no Akahito; the Man'yo no Komichi (Man'yo Lane), located in nearby Kataonami Park, is dotted with stone monuments inscribed with poems connected to the area. The waters of the hotel's chloride spring are said to treat such ailments as nerve pain, muscle soreness, women's diseases, sensitivity to cold, and skin diseases. The hotel's bathhouse facilities are open to non-guests, as well, and both those using the hotel as a base for area sightseeing and those merely passing through the area can enjoy the soothing hot spring waters. There are many famous sightseeing destinations in the area, including Kataonami Park, inside of which is a museum dedicated to the ancient Man'yoshu poetry anthology; the cape of Saikazaki, a specially designated region of Setonaikai National Park; and the Kuroshio Market, a working market which recreates the feel of a late 50s-early60s Japanese shopping arcade.
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  • Wataze Onsen
    Wakayama Tanabe-shi Hongucho Wataze 45-1
    This hot spring district situated along the Yomura River in Wakayama Prefecture was first developed between 1965 and 1974, making it a relatively new one. The district is known for having the largest outdoor bath in Western Japan, as well as its private reservable outdoor baths for families. Situated in a naturally beautiful area with fishing and river sports, visitors can also enjoy staying in a bungalow, or camping. The waters of the area's sodium chloride hydrogen carbonate springs (chloride springs) are said to treat such ailments as rheumatism, nerve illnesses, and wounds. Drinking them is also purported to have such health benefits as alleviating chronic digestive diseases, diabetes, and gout. There are a variety of bathing facilities to be found here, including cascading shower baths and jacuzzis, and visitors can enjoy choosing as suits their interests.
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  • Mezame Onsen
    Wakayama Higashimuro-gun Nachikatsuuracho Ugui
    A hot spring bathing facility located inside Nanki Katsuura Kyukamura, a resort where visitors can enjoy picturesque views of the Pacific Ocean along with tuna and other tasty Nachi delights. The waters of the sodium chloride spring are said to treat such ailments as burns, muscle soreness, nerve pain, fatigue, skin diseases, women's diseases, and sensitivity to cold. The facility's highly popular baths include a rock bath with a sweeping view of the Kumano Sea; a porcelain bath constantly replenished with hot spring water kakenagashi style; and a silken skin bath which gently massages the whole body using minute bubbles. There are lodging and money-saving plans available and the bathing facilities are also open to non-guests. From late April to late September, visitors can reserve a whale watching tour and see pods of sperm whales and dolphins in the Kumano Sea. Visitors can also take a cruise and tour the Ki-no-Matsushima Islands in the outlying waters of Katsuura Bay.
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  • Kawayu Onsen
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    Wakayama Tanabe-shi Hongucho Kawayu
    A hot spring area famous for the Sennin Buro, a natural outdoor hot spring bath only open from December to February. Piping hot 70° C water wells forth endlessly from a sodium-hydrogen carbonate, chloride spring under the bed of the Oto River, a tributary of the Kumano River, mixing with the river water to reach just the right temperature. Visitors can also dig into the gravel to create their very own outdoor hot spring bath. Anyone can bathe in the waters but those not staying at a hotel or inn in the area should bring their own shovel. Swimsuits are required. A public bathhouse is also located nearby. The area’s hot spring waters can also be drunk, and doing so is said to treat such ailments as gastrointestinal disorders, diabetes, and gout, while bathing in them is said to also alleviate diabetes as well as nerve pain.
  • Kushimoto Onsen
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    Wakayama Higashimuro-gun Kushimotocho
    A hot spring area where you can bathe while taking in the beauty of the vast Kumano Sea and the mountains of Nachi. The qualities of the area’s springs differ from hot spring hotel to hot spring hotel but are primarily simple sulfur springs and chloride springs. Many have outdoor baths with ocean views, enabling you to relax and soak away your fatigue while listening to crashing waves. There are also an abundance of establishments serving tasty seafood from Katsuura Fishing Port and other delights, including whale. The area is famous for the Boki-do Cave bath operated by Hotel Urashima; note, however, that due to construction to enhance the cave’s ability to withstand earthquakes, this bath is not open to non-guests from April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020.