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Tsuetate Onsen杖立温泉

Hot Spring / Hot Spring Bath

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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place Kumamoto Pref. Asogunogunimachi Shimojou A stand
phone 0967480506



Kumamoto Pref. Asogunogunimachi Shimojou A stand [map]



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Kumamoto lies in the center of Kyushu, a calm prefecture perfect for easy strolls around the historic center and lazy evenings in the natural hot springs at Kurokawa Onsen. For a slightly more strenuous activity, head to Mount Aso, whose surrounding hills offer hiking opportunities aplenty with views over the active volcano.

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