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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Hawai Onsen
    Tottori Tohaku-gun Yurihama Cho Hawai Onsen
    A hot spring district situated along the west bank of Lake Togo in the center of Tottori Prefecture. The district got its start during the Edo period when local residents applied to make use of a source spring which flows under the lake. The waters of the area's chloride-sulfate springs are said to ease rheumatism, women's diseases, nerve pain, and joint pain. These springs are centrally managed by the Hawai Onsen-Togo Onsen Ryokan Association without the use of adding any additional waters whatsoever. Instead, the temperatures of the baths in the bathhouses here are adjusted by mixing waters of different temperatures from different source springs. According to legend, a carp taught the people about the existence of the spring at the bottom of Lake Togo. In turn, this area is also known as the Hot Spring of Love, a play on the word koi, which means carp but, when written with a different character, can also mean love, and many tourists come here in hopes of being granted an easy childbirth by the gods.
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  • Kinoe Onsen
    Hiroshima Toyota-gun Osakikamijima Cho Okiura 1900 Hotel Seifu Yakata
    A hot spring district situated in Osakikamijima Town west of the Shimanami Kaido connecting Hiroshima and Ehime. The area's chloride cold mineral spring contains an abundance of sodium and calcium and is said to treat a wide array of ailments. Believed to ease nerve pain, joint pain, sensitivity to cold, and high blood pressure among other illnesses, many tourists come here after a hospital stay seeking to speed their recovery. Hotel Seifukan, situated along the coast, is the sole hot spring hotel in the district; the hotel's vaunted outdoor bath offers a sweeping view of the islands of the Seto Inland Sea. On the days of the spring tide, bathers can even watch tides whirling right below them. Hiroshima Prefecture grows 50% of all of Japan's lemons; Osakikamijima Town, in particular, cultivates large quantities of the fruit, and sometimes fragrant, locally-grown lemons are floated in the waters of the hot spring bath tubs here, further adding to the atmosphere.
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  • Nagato Yumoto Onsen
    Yamaguchi Nagato-shi Fukawayumoto
    This hot spring district is the oldest in Yamaguchi Prefecture and during the Edo period countless samurai lords came here seeking its healing waters. According to legend, the area's hot springs were discovered in 1427 after a priest meditating at the Tainei-ji Temple received a revelation from the god Sumiyoshi Daimyojin. In ancient times, the bathhouses making use of these miraculous waters were divided into two areas (reito and onto), reito for priests and samurai, and onto for commoners. The area's highly alkaline simple springs are colorless. Their waters are gentle on the skin and said to grant beauty to women in addition to treating nerve pain and muscle soreness and aiding recovery from fatigue. There is a garden-style footbath area with an arbor located in Otozuregawa Kasen Park, as well as a high temperature footbath along the park's walking path following the Otozure River.
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  • Yunotsu Onsen
    Shimane Oda-shi Yunotsucho Yunotsu
    The port of Yunotsu was once perfectly positioned to ship the silver from and send supplies to the Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine, now a designated World Heritage Site. Even today, the hot spring district which stands along the Yunotsu Highway extending away from the port still retains much of the atmospheric, old townscape dating to this heyday period, and here visitors can delight in the flavors of the Sea of Japan, the history of the area, and hot springs. The waters of the district were discovered some 1,300 years ago; long renowned for their curative properties, the waters are still praised for their healing effects today. There are two public bathhouses in the district, the Motoyu-senyakuto and the Yakushiyu, and both fill their tubs with only real hot spring water straight from the source, making no use of additional waters or heating whatsoever. The waters of the area's common salt spring contain earth deposits; cloudy in color and hovering around 50° C in temperature, the yunohana flower-shaped crusts they cause attest to the high concentration of minerals dissolved in them. At the nearby Yakimonokan climbing kiln, situated on the side of a hill on the eastern side of the district, visitors can try their hand at making authentic Yunotsu ware pottery.
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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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