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- Onsen(Hot Spings)

Sounkyo /Mount Kurodake

HOKKAIDO

Sounkyo is the deep V-shaped gorge constituted by sharpened lava. The precipice called”columnar joint” is seen along a river. The visitors who perform cycling along the river side are seen. Sounkyo-onsen resort is in the center, and a popular tourist resort. Mt.Kurodake is the easiest mountain to reach by cable car in the Daisetuzan area. It becomes the ski resort in winter.Information Now...

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Daisetsu-kogen Onsen

HOKKAIDO

Daisetsu-kogen Onsen is located in the east of the Daisetsu area, the highest hot spring bath in Hokkaido, at 1,260m above sea level. A hiking trail around some of marsh ponds and Climbing trails stretch from Daisetsu-kogen Onsen, which is just a single accommodation. Especially, scenes of the red leaves here are the most superb in Japan. It is the place where I visit many times, too. Hikers are r...

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Tenninkyo Onsen

HOKKAIDO

Tenninkyo is a hot spring resort where few tourists visit because of its inconvenience of access. However, it is a hidden spot in the Daisetsu area with two big waterfalls, Hagoromo and Shikishima falls. It is highly recommended to waterfall lovers. A trail from the village to the both falls are offered for its outstanding views on the base of the falls.* However, unfortunately the trail is closed...

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Matsukawa Onsen

TOHOKU

Matsuka Onsen is a hot spring with three unique inns with outdoor baths and lodging facilities.It gets supports from the fans of loving unexplored hot springs all over the country.It is a special feeling of seeing the clean flow of the ravine from the outdoor baths.Because a geothermal power plant is in the Matsukawa Onsen area and it is open to the publicwhich is within a walk reach from the lodg...

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Toshichi Onsen

TOHOKU

Toshichi Onsen is a hot spring inn in the middle of Matsukawa Onsen to the Hachimantai mountaintop,which is the highest of sea level in Tohoku area.The characteristic of the hotel is its outdoor baths.It varies from an outdoor baths of men and women separated to combined baths of men and women,which attracts hot spring enthusiasts including mountain climber and hikers.It is closed in the winter.Cl...

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Zao Onsen Ski Resort

TOHOKU

Zao Onsen ski Resort is located in the southeast of Yamagata City.Ski slopes and Zao Onsen have been developing with Onsen Resort.Its ski slopes only are the biggest in Japan, and there various kinds of ski slopes,so it is a typical Japanese ski area.It is famous for skiing among the rimes on the trees.Ski area is in the hot spring town, all the lodging facilities have hot springs.One-night stayin...

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Nyuto Onsen

TOHOKU

Nyuto Onsen is a hot spring area where unexplored hot springs are here and there in the deep forest of beeches,which seems the heaven to spa lover.Some of lodging facilities are crowded because of the recent boom of unexplored hot springs,the atmosphere of the old spa is still remains if you choose an inn,so it is recommended to stay a night and experience the hot spring culture of Tohoku area.In ...

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Toyako Onsen

HOKKAIDO

Toyako Onsen is a big hot spring resort along the Lake Toya.There are various kinds of hot spring hotels and the street becomes a tourist spot.On the shore of the lake, some boarding points are also available.  ...

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Yachigashira Onsen

HOKKAIDO

It is a  huge hot spring building which is located at the bottom of Cape Tachimachi .There is an extra-large bathtub does well as a facility for civic rest....

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Yunokawa Onsen

HOKKAIDO

Yunokawa Onsen is a  hot spring resort which is near Hakodate Airport.Along the seashore, there are big hotels, luxurious hotels and traditional Japanese hotelswhich have hot springs respectively.There is a tropical botanical garden not far from here, where tourists can see monkeys come into the hot spring....

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Sukayu Onsen

TOHOKU

The representative hot spring is in the middle of the way from Aomori to Mount Hakkoda toward the south.It is famous for its big bath which contains 1000 people, and Sukayu means strong acid hot spring.It is easy to know the hot spring culture of the Northeastern region.It is known for the heaviest snowfall area in Japan, whose most snowfall is 5 meters thick.Many visitors have a one-day trip.Bus ...

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Fukenoyu Onsen

TOHOKU

Fukenoyu Onsen is an inn of an unexplored hot spring in Mount Hachimantai area.The outdoor baths at this hotel are one of the outdoor baths of the perfect wild beauty in Japan.There are combination baths of men and women, and the open feeling of the men's section of a bathhouseis particularly impressive.There is also an outdoor bath exclusive for women, but it is a pity that its prospect is bad.Th...

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Goshogake Onsen

TOHOKU

Goshogake Onsen is one of the existing Japanese spas (balneotherapy that a visitor cooks meals on himself,stays at the hot spring hotel for days, cures fatigue, a disease and a wound).There are a box steam bath, a bubble bath, a mud bath, and a waterfall bath,which seems to be a theme park of the hot spring totally, some people stay here for a week even a month.Hot spring bathing is one of importa...

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Tamagawa Onsen

TOHOKU

Tamagawa Onsen has 11 different qualities of hot spring, the strongest acid hot springsand the most quantity of water from a hot spring.It is a spa which offer shops selling from grains to groceries, restaurants, a public kitchen, a laundry, and for nursing.All these make anyone possible to live.What is particularly unique is its bedrock bathing where tourists lie on a mat (sheet made of the straw...

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Nikko Yumoto Onsen

KANTO

Niko Yumoto hot spring resort is located in the deepest site of Lake Chuzenji.It is convenient at all for sight-seeing of Oku-Nikko.It is located on the north side of a lake called Lake Yunoko which is surrounded by mountainsand is in a quiet atmosphere.In case of using a car, there is a route passing through Oze....

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Sainokawara

KANTO

The west side of the hot spring resort is the source of water welling up in the desert zone,the district is now the "West Riverbank Park"and a walking trail is maintained, which is used to observe the state of hot spring gushing out.There is a huge commonly-used outdoor bath, local specialty of Kusatsu.It is a really huge outdoor bath! Yet, beware of not staying in it for too long because the spri...

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Dogashima

CHUBU

Dogashima is a hot spring resort in the center of West Izu,where  sea clifsf and  sea caves formed by the eruption of the submarine volcano can be seen.It is also basic spot of the Cruise ship to the shore of West Izu.It offers abundant lodging facilities with various spa hotels....

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Osawa Onsen Outdoor bath

CHUBU

It is an outdoor bath of Osawa Onsen Village which is in a little inner side of the town of Matsuzaki.A large quantity of hot springs gush out while making a sound of dropping waterfrom the bottom of the bathtub where a rock is dug, which makes feel a genuine hot spring.A cliff and the outdoor bath in the mountain stream of the river are totally like the jewel of nature.The facilities are separate...

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Gala Yuzawa Ski Resort

CHUBU

A Shinkansen station itself is a ski area, which makes it very convenient.It is used by many skiers because a one-day tour from Tokyo is possible.It is an ideal ski area for those who want to visit Japan in winter and to ski once.Gala Yuzawa Station is only used in winter....

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Nozawa  public baths

CHUBU

13 public baths including Oyu, Shinyu and soon have been preservedby a rule called “Yunakama” since the Edo period.All 13 public baths are free of charge.The passion to hot springs and "the hospitality" of the villagersshould be highly valued while taking a bath....

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Shiga-kogen  Hiking

CHUBU

Shiga-kogen is surrounded by mountains of 2000 meters above sea level,and there are more than 70 lakes and ponds, which makes a highland resort full of entertainment.Many trails are available depending on a level from mini-trekking to be able to enjoy willingly in Shiga-kogento the mountain climbing courses for good walkers.Some representative trails are introduced.But it is necessary to beware of...

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Shiga-kogen Ski Area

CHUBU

Shiga-kogen has a large number of slopes, the most ski resorts in Japan.Because the nature of the snow is that of the highest area of Japan,its powder snow is a feature of the ski slopes. Main ski fields are introduced here. Ichinose Ski ResortIt is a wide ski field with family slopes in the central area of  Shiga-kogen.Yakebiyama Ski ResortIt is in the deepest area where anyone can enjoy in ...

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Snow Monkeys

CHUBU

Jigokudani-yaenkoen is a monkey park used to protect and observe wild monkeys.The humorous figure that monkeys soak in hot springs in winter really attracts tourists.The neighborhood is a mountainous hot spring zone,and there are a lot of hot-spring hotels in Yudanaka Onsen, Shibu Onsen....

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Hirayu Onsen

CHUBU

Hirayu Onsen was an unexplored hot spring resort on the highlandof 1250 meters above sea level in old days,but it had become easy to get with the opening the tunnel nowand is playing the role as the spot of sightseeing and the mountain climbing of the Northern Alps....

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Meiken Onsen

CHUBU

Meiken Onsen is an unexplored hot spring a 15-minute walk away from Keyakidaira Station,the terminal of the truck train of Kurobe Gorge Railroad.The sound of the waterfall roaring in the gorge is felt closelyand tourists really feel the greatness of the nature of Oku Kurobe.Lodging facilities are offered.There is a great hiking trail, highly recommended....

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Kanetsuri Onsen

CHUBU

Kanetsuri Onsen is a hot spring located in the neighborhood of Kanetsuri Station along the truck train railway,where there two spa inns, and using an outdoor hot spring in a riverbank is fun.But, during the season, it is a bit crowded with people during the daytime,so tourists are recommended to stay at the hotel for night and go to the outdoor-hot spring early in the morning....

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Dogo Onsen main building

SHIKOKU

Dogo Onsen main building is a wooden building in the center of Dogo Onsenand has been used as a public bath house since old days.It was built in 1894 and now is the symbol of Dogo Onsen.Because there are four hot spring bathrooms, and guests can select a rest room and a private room according to his reference,it is so popular the guests staying in other hotels come to this facility.In addition, dr...

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Jigoku Tour

KYUSHU

It is tour to go round Chinojigoku(Hell of Blood), Tatsumaki-jigoku(Hell of Tornado), Umi-jigoku(Hell of Sea),Shiraike-jigoku(Hell of White Pond), Yama-jigoku(Hell of Mountain), Oniishibozu-jigoku(Hell of Oniishi Buddhist Priest),Oniyama-jigoku(Hell of Ogre Mountains ) and Kamado-jigoku(Hell of Furnace), each of which has its own characteristic.The use of a free bus ticket will be convenient.Among...

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Kannawa Onsen Mushiyu

KYUSHU

Mushiyu(Steam bathing) is a public bathhouse in Kannawa Hot Springs.The people lie on a floor which is heated by the emitting gas of the hot springand covered with a medical herb called Acorusgramineus that grows in colonies along clear streams.It is a splendid bathing way.It seems a kind of sauna which warms the body from the heart.Kannawa Onsen Area is an area where hot springs gather most dense...

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Takegawara Onsen Public Bathhouse

KYUSHU

It has the longest history, which is run by the Beppu Municipal government.Tourists may feel nostalgic plentifully through the appearance and inside of the bathhouse,with a rest room of well-polished floor and splendid ceiling.Sunayu(A treatment by hot sand bath) is also available here....

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Ibusuki Onsen

KYUSHU

Ibusuki Onsen is said that there are 500 hot springs with abundant water in the city,and a lot of various inns are lined along the shoreline from the station.The sand baths are not only available in some big inns but also in some city hop spring facilities,so tourists can enjoy the sand bath even without staying at an inn....

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Saraku

KYUSHU

Saraku is a municipal sand bath facility which everyone can use.It is the center of hot spring downtown, and pick-up buses are offered from the inns....

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Sakurayu

KYUSHU

Sakurayu was started 370 years ago, which is the biggest public bathhouse of the architecture of the Edo period in Kyushu.Together with Yachiyo-za, it is the symbolic building of Yamaga City.It is recommended to take a bath in order to know the Japanese hot spring culture.It is next to the information center....

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Yunotsu onsen

CHUGOKU

There were silver ore stones from the Iwami Silver Mine in old times,which made the port townand makes people feel the history of the Rias coast and existence of the hot spring town.It is charming though small.Would you like to stay at this hot spring town and think about the ancient prosperity of this area?...

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Yamaga Onsen

KYUSHU

The city is dotted with the hot-spring inns which match cityscape earound Sakurayu.Sakurayu is the basic one.Hirayama hot spring resorts are 8 km away from the downtown.This place is a hot spring zone of the quiet atmosphere in the countryside.A prior reservation is necessary in case of seeing Yamaga Garden Lantern Festival.                         ...

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Shiratori Onsen- Ueyu

KYUSHU

It is a municipal sanitarium in the middle of Ebino City and Ebino Highlands.The characteristic here is its steam baths, the so-called natural sauna.The insect bath unties it with steam spouting out from a basement to the every corner of the body.It is the best way to relax the tiring body arising from hiking or mountain climbing.Looking around the downtown and staying a night are possible....

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