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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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.
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      nerve pain
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  • Akashi Onsen
    Hyogo Akashi-shi Okuratenjincho 21-22
    This hot spring district, designated a Recuperative Hot Spring, is located in an area with a mild climate. Commanding a view of the Seto Inland Sea, here visitors can enjoy history, famous places, and exquisite cuisine. The waters of the district's chloride springs and iron-containing springs are a turbid dark brown and are said to treat nerve pain, muscle soreness, joint pain, women's diseases, gastrointestinal disorders, sensitivity to cold, skin diseases, and hemorrhoids. Visitors are particularly encouraged to check out Akashi's Toki no Michi or Road of Time. This two kilometer long circuitous route follows the 135 degrees east longitude, the meridian of Japan Standard Time, and, heading northeast, connects Akashi Station to Akashi Castle, the Akashi City Museum of Culture, the Akashi Municipal Planetarium, and Hitomarumae Station, giving walkers the chance to experience the area's history and culture. Other destinations along the route include Shinto shrines, Buddhist temples, famous places, historical sites, and museums; after taking in all the city has to offer, nothing feels better than to ease your tired body by taking a relaxing hot spring bath.
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      nerve pain
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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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      nerve pain
      muscle soreness
      aid recovery from fatigue
      frozen shoulders
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  • Inunakiyama Onsen
    Osaka Izumisano-shi Ogi
    Situated at the foot of Mt. Inunaki and surrounded by natural beauty, this secluded hot spring district is located a one hour drive from Osaka. The traditions of the district date back to the Nanboku-cho period (1336-1392) and despite its distance from the city it is popular with many thanks to its secluded mountain atmosphere. The waters of the area's hydrogen carbonate springs are said to treat such ailments as nerve pain, rheumatism, gastrointestinal disorders, and diabetes. Mt. Inunaki is famous for the picturesque valley beneath it and the beauty of the area's fall foliage, which is particularly along the approach to the Shipporyuji temple. After enjoying the area's natural beauty through hiking courses in Natural Monument-designated beech forest and Okuyama Ameyama Nature Park, nothing beats a relaxing hot spring soak. Visitors can find hot spring lodging facilities, public bathhouses, and day trip bathhouses in the area.
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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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      nerve pain
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      sensitivity to cold
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