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Sakakibara Onsen榊原温泉

Hot Spring / Hot Spring Bath

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.


Mie Tsu-shi Sakakibaracho 5824-1 (Tsu / MatsusakaArea)

phone 0592520017

Review of Sakakibara Onsen

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Reviewed:2015/06/25 One of the best waters in Japan
As described in Makura no Sōshi/The Pillow Book, an old essay from the Heian period, this hot spring village is authentic.
The texture of the water is incredibly smooth. Although the resort itself is...
Reviewed:2014/01/10 Nice Water
This hot spring was admired as one of the top hot springs by Sei Shonagon in Pillow Book written in the late 10th century. We stopped by Sakakibara Onsen on the pilgrimage to Ise Grand Shrine just...
Reviewed:2013/07/18 Great water, great meal
You can have a room for half-day for the family or a couple. Have a bath, have their fantastic lunch, have another bath, relax and then leave. It costs much less than staying. I'm not a fan of futons...

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Mie Tsu-shi Sakakibaracho 5824-1 [ map ]
Tsu / MatsusakaArea
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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          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.

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