A hot spring district once extolled in Sei Shonagon's Pillow Book, the world's first collection of literary essays, in the distant Heian period-The (only) hot springs (worth mentioning) are Nanakuri no Yu (Sakakibara Onsen), Arima no Yu, and Tamatsukuri no Yu. Since ancient times, visitors to the Ise Jingu Shrine have stopped here to cleanse themselves and purify their bodies (known as yugori-no-yu). The hot spring waters here have powerful beautifying effects-the sodium bicarbonate they contain helps to remove old, dead skin layers, while the abundant quantities of sodium ions and high alkalinity create a protective membrane over the skin. The colorless waters of these alkaline simple springs are said to treat skin diseases, diabetes, and nerve pain. The hot springs here have also long been said to soothe lovesickness; a poem by Sei Shonagon states, Nanakuri no Yu (Sakakibara Onsen) / in Ichishi / for you / hearing that love will not end/I feel sad.
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The texture of the water is incredibly smooth. Although the resort itself is...
- Water type
- alkaline simple springs
- Temperature of spring
- nerve pain, aid recovery from fatigue, skin diseases, chronic joint rheumatism, Diabetesetc
- Number of source springs
- Number of day trip bathhouses
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Mie Main Areas
Spread across the eastern side of the Kii Peninsula, Mie prefecture boasts hundreds of kilometers of pretty coastline comprising the oyster-rich Toba city and Shima National Park all the way down to Kumano, a city that marks the beginning of part of the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage, which runs into neighboring Wakayama prefecture. However, Mie is best known for the Ise Jingu Shinto shrine inland, one of the oldest and largest shrines in the country.