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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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  • 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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  • 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.
  • 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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  • Kannawa Onsen
    Oita Beppushi-shi
    A hot spring district known for the plumes of steam which rise up from the ground throughout its borders; the picturesque scenery this creates serves as a symbol of Beppu. Many of the famous Hells of Beppu (visually stunning hot springs which are meant to be viewed rather than bathed in) are located in this district, and the waters are famously described with the poetic phrase, 1,000 ryo (old coin) worth of hot water gush forth in a single night. The Bungo fudoki, an ancient record of the region compiled in the early Nara period, notes that much steam, boiling water, and hot mud emerges from the ground in this area; called a Hell since ancient times, it is believed the land here was long abhorred and feared. In the Kamakura period, after the great priest Ippen founded the Mushiyu bathhouse, many public bathhouses and ryokan inns came to be built one next to the other in the area. Even today, the places where hot spring waters emerge from the ground continue to generate an abundance of steam and are called Hells in the area. This hot spring district is perhaps the most celebrated and well-known of all those in Beppu.
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  • Beppu Hot spring village
    Oita Beppushi-shi
    A hot spring district boasting some of the largest number of source springs and greatest amount of water flow in the country. Each year some four million visitors come here. In addition to Beppu, the area is dotted with eight other large hot spring districts-Kannawa, Myoban, Hamawaki, Shibaseki, Kankaiji, Horita, and Kamegawa - and for ages they have been called the Eight Beppu Hot Springs by medicinal hot spring-lovers. In addition to traditional hot spring inns, there are also sand baths, footbaths, drinkable hot spring water facilities, day trip hot spring facilities, and an abundance of other hot spring and bathing facilities standing eave to eave here, and visitors can enjoy hot spring waters in a variety of ways.
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  • Saikai Bridge Onsen
    Nagasaki Sasebo-shi Hariohigashimachi
    A hot spring district located on the southern tip of Sasebo City, one of its greatest charms is its magnificent location overlooking Omura Bay. A relatively new hot spring district developed in 1993, the area's chloride springs contain an abundance of sodium, magnesium, and other minerals. Their waters are said to aid recovery from fatigue and promote health in addition to easing muscle soreness, nerve pain, and reduced gastrointestinal function. They are also said to be highly moisturizing and thus are particularly popular with women. Conveniently located near Huis Ten Bosch and numerous other tourist attractions, the area bustles with visitors year-round.
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  • Hotel Okura JR Huis Ten Bosch Onsen
    Nagasaki Sasebo-shi Huis Ten Bosch machi 10-ban
    A hotel complete with a hot spring bath facility adjoining the Huis Ten Bosch amusement park. Open to non-guests, as well, the hotel's bathhouse sees many customers year-round, particularly Huis Ten Bosch visitors stopping by before heading home. The hotel's chloride spring contains an abundance of iron, manganese, sodium, and calcium and is characterized by its turbid yellowish color. Its waters are said to aid recovery from fatigue in addition to easing nerve pain, joint pain, chronic skin diseases, frozen shoulders, and other ailments. Note that the bathhouse becomes extremely crowded after Huis Ten Bosch closes, and perspective visitors are encouraged to come here as early as possible.
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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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