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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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  • Furuyu Kuma no Kawa Hot spring village
    Saga Saga-shi Fujicho Furuyu 2665-2
    This hot spring district, situated 20 kilometers north of Saga Station and 200 meters above sea level, was famously frequented by artists and writers such as Mokichi Saito, considered an authority in Japanese poetry circles. In 1966, the area was designated a National Hot Spring Health Resorts as Furuyu-kumanokawa onsenkyo by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare. The colorless, odorless, flavorless waters of the area's simple alkaline hot spring have a hydrogen ion concentration (pH) of 9.5, one of the highest in the country (the Yoshihanatei's spring is a simple mildly radioactive spring). There are 13 hot spring lodging facilities in the area, and the bathhouses of all of them are open to non-guests, ensuring that visitors can stay and enjoy some long, relaxing soaks or stop by while traveling through the area to ease away the fatigue of the journey. There are also many sightseeing destinations in the area, such as the Yoshimura Residence, an ancient wooden single story house with a thatched roof which is the oldest Japanese-style home in the prefecture; and the Kinpukuji Temple, the place where the rebel statesmen Eto Shinpei was confined.
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  • Takeo Onsen
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    Saga Takeo Takeocho Takeo 7425
    A hot spring area known for the skin beautifying properties of its waters for 1,300 years. The area’s mildly alkaline simple springs contain a variety of beautifying substances. Highly moisturizing and gentle on the skin, their waters are also said to treat a wide variety of ailments, including fatigue, nerve pain, muscle soreness, joint pain, and frozen shoulders. There are also an abundance of sightseeing destinations in the area, such as the Koya Temple, famous for the over 1,000 Japanese and Western rhododendrons spanning 20 species which grow on its grounds; and the Baba no Yamazakura mountain cherry tree and the Wind Cave of Nagano, city designated Natural Monuments. Famous for its Takeo ware, the city has more than 90 ceramics studios, some of which offer activities such as Takeo ware painting. The hot spring town district’s majestic Sakura-mon Gate, a designated National Important Cultural Property, is a must-see.