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  • Beppu Onsen
    Oita Beppushi-shi
    One of the eight most well-known hot spring districts in Beppu City known as the Beppu Hatto. Takegawara Onsen, a hot spring bathhouse with a gorgeous Chinese-style gabled roof which serves a symbol of Beppu Onsen, is located here. The district is famous for its sand baths, which involve visitors lying down in sand wearing a yukata robe and being covered by sand heated by the site's natural hot spring waters. Noted in the Iyo no kuni fudoki, an ancient chronicle of the area, this history-leaden hot spring resort only truly entered the limelight starting in the Edo period. The Beppu Hatto Onsen Festival is held primarily in Beppu Onsen each year in April and its biggest attraction is a huge parade called Yu-Bukkake festival in which participants and onlookers are splashed with over 40 tons of local hot spring water.
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  • Unzen Onsen
    Nagasaki Unzen-shi Obamacho Unzen
    A hot spring district located in Unzen-Amakusa National Park, Japan's first national park, and one of its biggest appeals is its commanding view of Mt. Unzen and the many other 1,000 meter high mountains in the area. The area is said to have been developed as a hot spring resort some 350 years ago by a man named Kato Zenuemon and later grew and expanded as a popular destination for foreigners visiting Nagasaki as a place to escape the summer heat. The area's colorless or milky white acidic sulfur springs are strongly antibacterial and are said to aid in recovery from fatigue and promote health in addition to easing eczema, frostbite, cuts, and other ailments.
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  • Ryukyu Onsen Ryujin no Yu
    Okinawa Tomigusuku Tomigusuku Senaga 174-5
    A strongly saline sodium-chloride hot spring whose waters are used by the Senagajima Hotel on the north side of Senaga Island a 10 minute drive from Naha Airport. This natural hot spring is located 1,000 meters below the surface and generates an abundant 500 liters of piping hot water every minute. Its waters are said to warm the body from the inside out and have strong heat retaining properties, preventing post-bath chills. They are also said to ease sensitivity to cold, aid recovery from fatigue, and alleviate chronic women's diseases, in addition to granting prayers for children according to legend. The hotel's 120 centimeter deep outdoor bath enables bathers to stand fully immersed in hot spring waters while gazing at the sea west of Senaga Island. The round stones at the bottom of the tub have a massaging effect on the feet, and bathers can forget about the time, relaxing, and enjoy the sun as it sets amidst the Kerama Islands. The hotel's bathhouse is divided into two bathing areas-the Kinryu no Yu and the Ginryu no Yu-and which is the men's and which the women's alternates daily.
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  • Obama Onsen
    Nagasaki Unzen-shi Obamacho ‧ Minamihonmachi
    A seaside hot spring district facing Tachibana Bay which boasts the hottest waters in Japan. This ancient hot spring destination, situated at the foot of Mt. Unzen, is even noted in the Hizen fudoki, a record of the area compiled in the early Nara period. From the 1900s, the area came to be seen as a health resort, and today it still generates an abundant flow of piping hot water from some 30 source springs. The area's springs contain sodium and are extremely hot, reaching 105 ° C at the source. Steam rises up from the ground everywhere in the town, and onsen-mushi, steaming foods using this hot spring steam, is a popular local activity. Hot Foot 105, a new footbath facility opened in 2010, takes its name from its 105° C source spring waters and, at 105 meters in length, it is Japan's longest hot spring footbath. There's also a footbath area designed to be walked through and a footbath area for pets.
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  • Kurokawa Onsen
    Kumamoto Aso-gun Minamiogunimachi Manganji Kurokawa
    A hot spring district surrounded by lush greenery sprawling amid mountains with commanding views of Mt. Aso and the Kuju Mountains. The area has gained prominence for its novel town renewal initiative which treats the entire hot spring district like a single ryokan inn-for example, Kurokawa Onsen sells a pass which allows access to every hot spring bath facility in the district called the Nyuto Tegata. There are several different source springs in the area with differing compositions, and visitors can enjoy bathing in hot spring waters with different qualities in different bathhouses. Another attraction of the area is the many ways in which you can enjoy hot spring waters here-in addition to indoor and outdoor baths, there are face baths which you can use to steep your face in steam rich in hot spring minerals, facilities where you can get healthy hot spring water for drinking, footbaths, and more.
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  • Ureshino Onsen
    Saga Ureshino-shi Ureshinomachi Shimojuku Otsu
    A hot spring district situated along the clear waters of the Ureshino River in southwestern Saga Prefecture. Together with Kitsuregawa Onsen in Tochigi Prefecture and Hinokami Onsen in Shimane Prefecture, this area is considered one of the three top hot spring areas in the country known for the skin beautifying properties of their waters. The colorless alkaline springs here contain an abundance of sodium and their waters are characterized by a viscous, slippery feel. These waters are said to be effective at washing away sebum and other skin secretions, and are renowned for leaving the skin smooth and velvety after bathing in them. Visitors should also be sure to partake in the unique hot spring cuisine found here, such as Ureshino Onsen yudofu-tofu boiled in hot spring water.
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  • Harazuru Onsen
    Fukuoka Asakura Haki Shiwa Haki Kugumiya
    A hot spring district situated on the border between Fukuoka Prefecture and Oita Prefecture. Harazuru means Plain Crane, and according to legend this area was developed into a hot spring resort when it was found that the waters of a puddle being used by an injured crane to heal itself were in fact from a hot spring source. The district's picturesque location commands a view of the Chikugo River, the largest river in the Kyushu region; meanwhile, area flower gardens present different, highly seasonal scenery for visitors to enjoy. After the torrential rains and heavy flooding which affected the northern Kyushu area in 2017, the bathhouses and hot spring inns here opened their doors to all comers for free, an act which resulted in the area being granted a special award in the Onsen Sosenkyo 2017, a project designed to revitalize communities by having people vote for their favorite hot spring locations. The area's mildly alkaline simple springs and simple sulfur springs are said to enhance the beauty of the skin and aid in the removal of dead skin layers, gaining this district the nickname the Double Skin Beautifying Hot Spring.
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  • Kikuchi Onsen
    Kumamoto Kikuchi-shi Wai
    A hot spring district located in northern Kumamoto Prefecture in Kyushu; developed in 1954, the area's hot spring baths are filled with nothing but 100% natural hot spring waters. These waters are colorless, alkaline, and gentle on the skin. In 2011, the district was selected as one of Japan's 100 most famous hot springs. It is believed that the hot spring waters here were discovered after digging in the ground according to the instructions given by a white dragon in a dream. The Kikuchi White Dragon Festival, held each year in August, re-enacts the legend, and many tourists come to see huge white dragon puppets, 50 meters long and weighing 50 kilograms, as they wind their way through the city's streets. The district is also full of places to enjoy natural beauty and history, such as Gosho-dori Street, a road which leads straight to the approach of Kikuchi-jinja Shrine; and the Tsuiji Ide, a waterway created during the Keicho era by the samurai lord Kato Kiyomasa.
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  • Hirayama Onsen
    Kumamoto Yamaga Hirayama 5346-1
    The culture and traditions of this hot spring district, which once prospered as a post station town Yamaga, were shaped by the Kikuchi River. There are several inns here with their own hot spring sources, each offering different health benefits but all perfect for soothing away the fatigue of a weary traveler. Here visitors will find 15 lodging establishments ranging from traditional ryokan inns with detached bathhouses to public bathhouses to mass-market inns. There are also many casual day trip hot spring facilities in the area, and visitors can enjoy bathing in and comparing the waters of different bathhouses. There are also many tourism destinations in the area, such as the Buzen Highway, a road lined with old-fashioned merchant townhomes; and the Yachiyoza theater, build by a local businessman in 1910. Gourmands will also be delighted by the area's fresh seafood from the Ariake Sea, horsemeat cuisine from local city farms, and country-style dishes made with local vegetables.
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  • Yufuin Onsen
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    Oita Yufu-shi Yufuincho
    A tranquil hot spring area surrounded by abundant nature and fields located in the Yufuin Basin in the center of Oita Prefecture. With over 800 source springs, the area boasts one of the highest hot spring water production volumes in the country, and their smooth, velvety water, rich in moisturizing substances, are acclaimed for their skin beautifying properties. In addition, the waters of these simple springs are gentle and known for not being fatiguing even after a long soak, meaning that men and women of all ages can enjoy them safely. The area is also known for the arts and is dotted with art museums, galleries, and art cafes.