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Yubara Onsen

Yubara Onsen
Yubara Onsen

Yubara Onsen, located in a famous hot-springs area, includes one of Western Japan’s leading rotenburo (outdoor baths), “Sunayu.” Against the backdrop of a dam, Sunayu is 24-hr outdoor hot-spring bath surrounded by rocks located in the riverbed of the Asahi River. Because this bath serves both men and women, it is recommended that women wear a special dress while bathing (rentals available for a fee). With numerous accommodations, restaurants, and souvenir shops nearby, including many ryokan and hotels that offer free lending of iroyukata, colorful yukata popular with women, visitors are encouraged to plan for an overnight stay and enjoy walking through the town.

Yunogo Onsen

Yunogo Onsen
Yunogo Onsen

This ancient onsen (hot springs) boasts more than a thousand years of history. Long used as a therapeutic bath, Yunogo Onsen is a popular with women for its skin-beautifying properties. Visitors are welcome to enjoy the day bath and free footbath in the center of the spa town, and several dozen hotels and lodgings both large and small offer a comfortable stay. A “Yu Meguri Coaster,” available for a fee, is the recommended way to try any three select bath houses. The coasters come stamped, which also makes them perfect commemorative items of your journey. Come and experience the many baths of Yunogo!

Okutsu Onsen

Okutsu Onsen
Okutsu Onsen

With its riverside rotenburo (outdoor bath), Okutsu Onsen features numerous elegant inns and accommodations. Because soaking in the hot spring’s waters is said to make one’s skin white and smooth, this onsen is famously known as “Bijin no Yu” (Onsen of Beauty). “Ashibumi Sentaku,” also known as the “Washing Dance,” is performed by women in kimonos holding pails while stamping on garments and making washing motions with their toes. This “dance,” a noted attraction at Okutsu Onsen, is performed in the rotenburo on Sundays and public holidays from late March to early December. Visitors are welcome to enjoy the “Ashibumi Sentaku” at no charge as well as the area’s beautiful seasonal landscapes including fall foliage in autumn and snowfall in winter.

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