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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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      nerve pain
      muscle soreness
      joint pain
      aid recovery from fatigue
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  • Tawarayama Onsen
    Yamaguchi Nagato-shi Tawarayama Onsen
    One of just 21 hot spring districts designated as a National Health Hot Spring, Tawarayama Onsen was discovered 1,100 years ago in 916 during the early Heian period. In the early Edo period, the district was operated directly by the Mohri clan, which ruled Choshu Domain. Since the Meiji period, the Machi no Yu spring has been renowned for treating rheumatism and nerve pain, the Kawa no Yu (now called the Hakuen no Yu) skin diseases and burns, and the Masa no Yu gastrointestinal disorders. Research has shown that these simple alkaline hot springs contain an abundance of hydrogen dissolved in their waters, giving them powerful restorative and antiaging properties. Bathing in the area's hot springs for their health benefits is particularly popular with those suffering from rheumatism. In addition to lodging facilities, there are also day trip hot spring bathhouses and footbaths in the area, making this a great place to stop by while traveling through the region.
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      nerve pain
      muscle soreness
      joint pain
      aid recovery from fatigue
      etc
  • Hagi Hot spring village
    Yamaguchi Hagi-shi
    This area was designated the Hagi Onsenkyo hot spring village after the drilling of the Hagi Onsen hot spring in 2004; today, there are eight differing springs in the area, hot spring hotels, and day trip bathhouses. Hagi is known for having produced many of the great minds of the Meiji Restoration and was founded in 1604 by Mohri Terumoto with the building of Hagi Castle. For approximately 260 years, until the center of domain governance was moved to Yamaguchi, the area prospered as a castle town, and even today much of the atmospheric old townscape from this time still remains intact. The old castle town area sprawls around the outer moat of the site where Hagi Castle once stood as well as many mid- and lowers ranking samurai residences, and exploring the old streets is practically required of visitors to the city; the area is also dotted with sites and monuments relating to the tumultuous times of the Meiji Restoration. After a long walk in the city, a soothing hot spring bath is the ultimate pleasure.
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      nerve pain
      muscle soreness
      joint pain
      aid recovery from fatigue
      etc
  • Yuda Onsen
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    Yamaguchi Yamaguchi-shi Yuta Onsen
    A hot spring area whose alkaline simple springs produce soft, velvety waters which moisturize the skin. The area generates 2,000 tons of natural hot spring water every day, and this abundant flow results in waters that are colorless, transparent, and free from cloudiness. These waters are said to treat such ailments as nerve pain, muscle soreness, joint pain, frozen shoulders, motor paralysis, joint stiffness, bruises, sprains, and chronic digestive diseases. In addition to bathing in them, it is also recommended to drink these waters, and there is a hot spring water drinking station next to the footbath in front of the Yuda Onsen Tourist Information Center. Anyone and everyone can drink the waters for free, so give them a try! Area visitors willing to go a little out of their way can also check out the Ruriko-ji Five Story Pagoda, a designated National Treasure said to be one of the most beautiful pagoda’s in the country.
  • Kawatana Onsen
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    Yamaguchi Shimonoseki-shi Toyouracho Kawatana
    A hot spring area located in the Kawatana neighborhood which was a favorite of such famous figures as Mori Tsunamoto, third lord of the bygone Chofu Domain; poet Santoka Taneda; and Alfred Cortot, one of France’s most celebrated pianists. The waters of the area’s mildly radioactive, sodium, calcium, chloride springs are said to treat such ailments as cuts, burns, chronic skin diseases, weak constitution, and chronic women's diseases. In addition to hot spring hotels and inns, there’s a legend about an ancient blue dragon concerning a public bathhouse in the area. It is a great destination to stop by while exploring the area.Visitors are encouraged to try to the local kawara soba noodles. Created from the area’s traditional kawara roof tile culture, the dish consists of fried green tea soba noodles served on a piping hot roof tile and topped with beef, Welsh onions, kinshi tamago omelet strips, and nori seaweed sheets.