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Shima Onsen四万温泉

Hot Spring / Hot Spring Bath

Shima means 40,000, and according to legend the miraculous waters of this hot spring district, surrounded by natural beauty, can cure 40,000 illnesses. The development of this area into a hot spring destination is said to have begun when Sakanoue no Tamuramaro bathed here while setting out as shogun in command of a force sent to conquer the Emishi region in the north. In 1954, this health resort was one of the first in Japan to be designated a National Hot Spring Health Resorts, alongside Sukayu Onsen in Aomori and Nikko Yumoto Onsen in Tochigi. The area's 42 source springs generate an abundant 3,500 liters of piping hot water every minute. The springs are sodium, calcium chloride, and sulfate springs. In ancient times, it is believed that people came here to soothe their sore skin after bathing in the highly acidic waters at Kusatsu Onsen.


Gunma Agatsuma-gun Nakanojomachi Shima (Kusatsu / Shima / TsumagoiArea)

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Gunma Agatsuma-gun Nakanojomachi Shima [ map ]
Kusatsu / Shima / TsumagoiArea
Water type
sodium/calcium-chloride/sulfate springetc
Temperature of spring
nerve pain, muscle soreness, joint pain, aid recovery from fatigue, sensitivity to cold, frozen shoulders, Bruises, chronic digestive diseases, hardening of the arteries, skin diseases, cuts, burns, Hemorrhoids, chronic women's diseases, skin beautifying propertiesetc
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Amount of water flow
Number of public baths
Number of day trip bathhouses

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          Gunma prefecture is synonymous with onsen. Natural hot spring water sources throughout the prefecture have given rise to a series of small onsen towns, each set among luscious mountains. At Kusatsu, Ikaho, and Minakami, traditional indoor and outdoor bathing experiences are served hand in hand with irresistible onsen-themed food, including steam-cooked eggs and custard pudding.

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