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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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  • Tsuetate Onsen
    Kumamoto Aso-gun Ogunimachi Shimojo Tsuetate
    A hot spring district boasting a 1,800 year long history. Bifurcated by the Tsuetate River, steam rises from the ground throughout this hot spring town known as the retreat of the Kyushu region. In the early Heian period, the great monk Kobo Daishi conveyed his impression of the efficacy of the waters found here through a poem, stating, Entering the hot water/praying for disease to be healed/many return home leaving behind their canes. This hot spring district remains beloved by many today. Tsuetate means standing cane, and according to legend this name is derived from people leaving their bamboo canes standing here, which then grew leaves and branches. The town is dotted with 26 source springs, and the waters gushing forth from colorless mildly saline common salt springs forms part of the town's lovely scenery. The Michikusa Annainin-kai society provides local guides with which visitors can talk and explore the area, and one fun activity is to stroll amidst the area's old fashioned townscape and many bathhouses. Advance reservation is required to use this local tour guide service.
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  • Yamaga Onsen
    Kumamoto Yamaga Yamaga
    This ancient hot spring appears in the Wamyo ruijusho , a dictionary compiled in the Heian period. The area generates an abundant flow of piping hot water, so much so that a poet once stated, the thousand tubs of Yamaga are not enough. The colorless, tasteless, and odorless waters of the simple alkaline hot springs found here range in temperature from 38 to 45° C and are notable for their smooth texture. Bathing in these waters is said to treat nerve pain and gastrointestinal disorders in addition to aiding recovery from fatigue, while drinking them is said to regulate the autonomic nerves and expand constricted blood vessels. The district is dotted with traditional ryokan inns and hotels as well as day trip bathhouses and footbaths. The Yakushido temple stands next to the Sakurayu bathhouse, identifiable by the distinctive cusped gable over its entranceway; each year on December 20 the temple holds a festival to give thanks for the restoration of the flow of the hot springs in the area, which suddenly dried up in 1473 and only started flowing again after the building of the temple and much prayer.
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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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  • Shimoda Onsen
    Kumamoto Amakusa-shi Amakusamachi Shimodakita
    A hot spring district comprised of five hot springs welling forth from the ground in Shimoda City, Shizuoka Prefecture. The five springs are Rendaiji Onsen, Kawachi Onsen, Shirahama Onsen, Kannon Onsen, and Aitama Onsen; only the Kannon Onsen is a highly alkaline simple spring, the other four are regular simple springs. Shimoda City is the location where America's black ships landed and was the setting of much turmoil at the end of the Edo period, and here visitors can stay at a hot spring inn and take in the area's rich history, ocean beauty, and tranquil woodlands. The area is also rich in all the bounties of the land and sea and visitors can delight in sampling the unending parade of local culinary delights found here. In addition, Shimoda also flourished as a relay port connecting ships traveling between the east and the west from the Edo period onward, a history which among other things gave rise to the Shimoda geisha. Although irregular, visitors to the Former Sawamura Residence, a historic old home, might just get to watch geisha practicing their traditional arts.
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  • Hagenoyu Onsen
    Kumamoto Pref. Asogunogunimachi Nishizato 2917
    This highland hot spring district, situated on the west side of Mt. Waita and a part of the Waita Onsenkyo hot spring village, is host to hot spring hotels as well as facilities offering day trip hot spring bathing. The district is 760 meters above sea level and local inns boast fabulous views. The waters of the area's simple sulfur springs are said to treat such ailments as nerve pain, rheumatism, and burns. Visitors will also find an abundance of places where they can enjoy the area's vast natural beauty, such as Nabegataki Falls, a waterfall believed to have been formed by the same huge volcanic eruption 90 thousand years ago which created the Aso caldera; and Yusui Shizen no Mori, known for its beautiful fall foliage where you can enjoy river sports and camping. Visitors are particularly encouraged to try the hell-steamed chicken, a hotel specialty which involves steaming chicken meat using hot spring steam.
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  • Aso Uchinomaki Onsen
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    Kumamoto
    This hot spring area is one of the largest in Aso. Lacking a typical concentrated hot spring town district, the area is dotted with some 80 source springs and 30 hot spring hotels and inns. There are also around 10 day trip hot spring bathhouses, some offering food, others private reservable baths, and each with its own unique characteristics and features, thus making it fun to choose the one that suits your tastes and interests best. In addition, the area is full of things to see and do, including Aso Nature Land, an outdoor shop and tour company which helps customers enjoy the great outdoors of Aso; a rose garden where you can appreciate roses from around the world; and the Myokoji Temple, which appears in the beginning of renowned author Natsume Soseki’s novel “The 210th Day.” Among the many local restaurants serving dishes made with fresh, Kumamoto grown vegetables and Aso’s famous Aka beef, particularly recommended is the “Aka Gyudon” Aka beef rice bowl offered by Imakin Shokudo, an inexpensive Japanese-style diner which has been in business for over a century.
  • Hinagu Onsen
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    Kumamoto Yatsushiro-shi Hinagu
    According to legend, this ancient hot spring area was cultivated after a young man, seeking to heal his father’s sword wound, received a revelation from the god Itsukushima Myojin. The area has been a popular destination for therapeutic hot spring bathing since the time of its cultivation in 1409 during the distant Nanboku-cho period until the present day. The soft, velvety waters of the area’s primarily alkaline simple springs are gentle on the skin and not prone to causing dizziness even after extended bathing sessions, making them popular with men and women of all ages. Hinagu is also famous for its production of chikuwa fish sausages and many people come here to pick up some to take home or give to friends and relatives.