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Onsen in Chugoku

  • Yubara Onsen
    Okayama Maniwa-shi Yubara Onsen
    A hot spring district sprawling amidst the Chugoku Mountains in northern Okayama Prefecture considered one of the foremost in western Japan and, together with Yunogo Onsen and Okutsu Onsen, counted one of the three great skin beautifying hot spring villages of Okayama. The district contains public bathhouses as well as hand- and footbaths, making it easy for visitors to enjoy hot spring waters in a variety of ways. The area's most famous location is the Sunafukiyu (sand bath) free, mixed gender outdoor bath where visitors can take a relaxing bath while enjoying the seasonal scenery and view of Yubara Dam in the background. Bathing suits for women can also be rented here for those who want them.
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  • Misasa Onsen
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    Tottori Tohaku-gun Misasacho Misasa
    A hot spring area which produces hot spring water containing some of the greatest quantities of radon in the world. Situated deep in the mountains, the area consists of numerous ryokan inns along the lush Mitoku River. The waters of the area’s radioactive hot springs have an average temperature of 52.8° C and are said to treat such ailments as nerve pain, rheumatism, gout, high blood pressure, hardening of the arteries, and diabetes. The district was also registered along with Mt. Mitoku as the Site for Purifying the Six Roots of Perception and Healing of the Six Senses, the very first Japan Heritage site. It is also famous for the kajika frogs which live in the pure waters of the Mitoku River, and from May to July many visitors come to listen to their beautiful song. The area’s public bathhouses, the Kawaraburo (a mixed gender outdoor bath) and inventive hot spring hotels and inns are popular.
  • Onomichi Fureainosato Onsen
    Hiroshima Onomichi-shi Mitsugicho Takao 1369
    Known as the retreat of Onomichi, this natural hot spring hotel, laying a ways away from the city center, has 13 different varieties of baths for visitors to enjoy. The facility's simple, mildly radioactive cold mineral spring is said to treat a wide array of ailments, including gout, hardening of the arteries, high blood pressure, chronic inflammation of the gallbladder, gallstones, chronic dermatitis, and chronic women's diseases. Situated between the Sanin and Shikoku regions, the facility is both a perfect mid-trip rest point and destination in and of itself. The bathhouse is open to non-guests and the hotel offers day-trip spa plans which include a meal as well. The hotel's cuisine, made with an abundance of fish from the Seto Inland Sea; Onomichi vegetables; and other fresh, local ingredients; is quite popular.
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  • Araiso Onsen
    Shimane Masuda-shi Nishihirabaracho
    This hot spring, ranked number one for its scenery in the Chugoku-Shikoku region, is owned and operated by the Araisokan, a hotel standing on the coast of the vast Sea of Japan. The hotel has outdoor baths in which bathers can feel one with nature, indoor baths from which bathers can enjoy views of azure ocean, and private reservable bath from which bathers can have the area's expansive scenery all to themselves. The hotel's bath facilities are open to non-guests as well. The waters of the hotel's metasilicic acid simple spring are said to treat such ailments as fatigue and nerve pain, in addition to beautifying the skin. Throughout the year, visitors can enjoy days filled with seasonal events and scenery, followed by soothing hot spring bathing. In spring, visitors can enjoy viewing Misumi Town's famous Ohirazakura cherry tree, plum blossoms, and azaleas; in summer, there's swimming. In fall, there are traditional Iwami Kagura performances and festivals, while in winter, the daffodils on the ocean-facing slopes of Karaoto Suisen Park.
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  • Kaike Onsen
    Tottori Yonago-shi Kaike Onsen
    A picturesque hot spring district which faces Miho Bay and which boasts a commanding view of famed Mt. Daisen, known as the Hoki Fuji. Numerous hot spring hotels stand along Yumigahama Beach, selected as one of Japan's 100 best seashore areas as well as one of Japan's 88 top swimming beaches, and this area bustles with tourists particularly in summer. The area's chloride springs contain an abundance of sodium and calcium and are said to help aid recovery from fatigue and promote health in addition to alleviating muscle soreness, joint pain, rheumatism, chronic digestive diseases, and a variety of other conditions. The waters are also renowned for their skin beautifying properties and are particularly popular with women.
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  • Iwai Onsen
    Tottori Iwami-gun Iwamicho Iwai 521
    This 1,300 year old hot spring district is the oldest in the Sanin region and has been designated a National Hot Spring Health Resorts, a mark of its excellence. Situated along the Gamou River known as clean stream, the district has a quiet and simple atmosphere. An unusual bathing custom is found in the area; called yukamuri, local bathers will place a tenugui hand towel on the top of their head and pour water over it with a ladle. The waters of the area's sulfate springs are said to treat nerve pain, rheumatism, and women's diseases, and, when drunk, gastrointestinal disorders and hemorrhoids. There are also an abundance of sightseeing destinations in the area, including the Old Iwai Elementary School, the oldest extant Western-style building in Tottori Prefecture; Miyu-jinja Shrine, believed to have been constructed in the early Heian period; and the Yukamuri Gallery, an art museum dedicated to the early Showa woman artist Midori Osaki.
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  • Yunogo Onsen
    Okayama Mimasaka-shi Yunogo 323-1
    A hot spring district counted as one of the three great skin beautifying hot spring villages of Okayama Prefecture. This ancient hot spring area is said to have been discovered by the great priest Ennin during the Heian period as he traveled the Saigoku Kannon Pilgrimage, and is also known by the nickname the Heron Hot Spring. The area is host to numerous Japanese-style and Western-style hot spring hotels and day trip bathhouses, free footbaths, and Shinto shrines with fountains fed by source springs, and visitors can enjoy hot spring waters in a variety of ways here. The area's clear chloride springs contain an abundance of calcium, sodium, and other minerals as well as radium-infused bubbles and are said to help alleviate digestive disorders, rheumatism, women's diseases, and skin diseases.
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  • Kimita Onsen
    Hiroshima Miyoshi-shi Kimitacho Izumiyoshida
    An alkaline spring, unusual in the Chugoku-Shikoku region, welling up on the grounds of Roadside Station Forest Kimita downriver from Kannosekyo Gorge, known for its beautiful seasonal scenery. A privately owned carbon dioxide spring with a pH of 6.5, its milky white waters are said to leave the skin silky smooth. The Kimita Onsen inn's bathhouse has a variety of baths, including classic small vase-like tubs, a cascading shower bath, jacuzzi, and pressure bath; the inn's outdoor bath, surrounded by natural beauty, offers bathers an unprecedented sense of freedom and airiness. Kimita is filled with rustic scenery, and visitors can visit the Eight Picturesque Sights of Kimita or see if they can spot rare wild animals in Kannosekyo Gorge Nature Park. Non-guests can also use the bathhouse facilities; for visitors looking for lodgings, the inn has Japanese-style and Western-style cottages.
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  • Seto Ohashi Onsen
    Okayama Kurashiki-shi Shimosho
    The Seto Ohashi Onsen Yamakou hotel has been a Kurashiki City staple for over 25 years; the hotel's bathhouse, particularly popular with senior citizens, draws its waters from a natural hot spring containing an abundance of sodium from 1,106 meters below ground. This bathhouse is open to non-guests, as well. The hotel's spring's waters are 30° and, after being further heated to 40° C, are used for all the bathhouse' tubs. The spring generates an abundant 650 liters per minute, and any water spilling out of the tubs is allowed to drain away rather than being recirculated. The spring's waters are said to treat a wide array of ailments, including nerve pain, muscle soreness, bruises, sensitivity to cold, cuts, burns, and women's diseases; they are also believed to aid recovery from fatigue and alleviate stress. There is another Seto Ohashi Onsen on the Kagawa side, but the properties of its spring are different, so visitors are encouraged to make sure they are going to the right location in advance.
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  • Yuba Onsen
    Okayama Okayama-shi Naka-ku Yuba
    First developed in the Heian period, this hot spring wells forth from the ground at the site of what was once Tatsunokuchi Castle. Located a 15 minute drive from Okayama Station, itself an area which retains much of its old castle town atmosphere, this curative spring was once exclusively used by the chief advisor to the Emperor. In the Kamakura period, the spring was opened to the general public by the monk Chogen. The radium spring generates an abundant flow and its piping hot waters are said to be effective for general indication and treat atopic dermatitis, psoriasis vulgaris, chronic eczema, and skin suppuration. The city of Okayama is known for its abundant natural beauty, its history, and its fruit. Visitors can enjoy seasonal fruit picking in the area as well as visit an abundant array of sightseeing destinations, including the Okayama Korakuen, a garden created some 300 years ago by Ikeda Tsunamasa, the second lord of Okayama Domain, and a now a designated Special Place of Scenic Beauty; Kibitsu-jinja Shrine, the Saijo Inari-san Myokyoji Temple, and Okayama Castle.
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