Hot Spring

Hot Spring Resorts in the City of Nikko

Kinugawa Hot Spring

Kinugawa - Kawaji Hot Spring
Open-Air Bath
Hot Springs for Day Trippers

The Kinugawa Hot Spring originates from the Taki Hot Spring that was discovered on the west bank of the Kinugawa River in the Edo period. After that, another Hot Spring gushed forth on the east bank and was named as the Fujiwara Hot Spring. Since then, people have called combination of these two Hot Springs as the Kinugawa Hot Spring, and now the Hot Spring resort is known as “a place for treat in the Kanto region” and attracts many travelers. This Hot Spring resort currently has more than 80 hotels and ryokans including modernistic hotels with many guest rooms and open air bathes. The Hot Spring of Kinugawa has been famous for the effect to heal burn injuries, and has enjoyed the nickname as the “healer of burn injuries” since the old days.

Spring Quality: Alkaline simple Hot Spring
The effect: The Hot Spring is good for beautiful skin, neuralgia, muscular pain, arthritis, frozen shoulders, burn injury, motor paralysis, stiffness in joints, bruise, sprain, chronic digestive diseases, hemorrhoid, sensitivity to cold, recovery from illness, recovery from fatigue, health enhancement, etc.

Kawaji Hot Spring

Kinugawa - Kawaji Hot Spring
Open-Air Bath
Hot Springs for Day Trippers

The Kawaji Hot Spring Resort is located along the Kinugawa River at about 11km upstream from the Kinugawa Hot Spring. It is said that people in the Edo period discovered the Hot Spring gushed forth from the bottom of the river where the water had receded after the flood caused by a long rain. The resort, which occupies the place near the meeting point of the Kinugawa River and Ojikagawa River, has about 10 ryokans and hotels lining up along the Ojikagawa River. Because of the quiet surrounding in the mountain area, visitors to this resort can immerse themselves in the open-air baths on the river bank, while enjoying the rustic beauty of the river that changes its face depending on the season and time. The Hot Spring of Kawaji has been famous for the effect to heal wounds, and has enjoyed the nickname as the “healer of wounds” since the old days.
The resort sells “Yumeguri Yuko Tegata,” a ticket that allows visitor to take a day trip to various Hot Spring facilities.

Spring Quality: Alkaline simple Hot Spring
The effect: The Hot Spring is good for neuralgia, muscular pain, arthritis, frozen shoulders, scrape, motor paralysis, stiffness in joints, bruise, sprain, chronic digestive diseases, hemorrhoid, sensitivity to cold, recovery from illness, recovery from fatigue, health enhancement, etc.

Yunishigawa Hot Spring

Yunishigawa, Kawamata and Okukinu Hot Spring
Open-Air Bath
Hot Springs for Day Trippers

Located in the place where thatched-roof houses are scattered in the magnificent nature, the Yunishigawa Hot Spring Resort has a very long history. It is said that about 800 years ago, some members of the Taira (Heike), family that had been defeated in the Battle of Dannoura escaped to the Yunishigawa River, and they discovered the Hot Spring gushed forth on the river bank and healed their injuries.
The Yunishigawa Hot Spring Resort is famous for open-air baths allowing visitors to enjoy abundant Hot Springs and the rustic beauty, as well as hospitality with “Irori Ryori,” local dishes served by the fireside. In the ryokans of this resort, visitors can feel the atmosphere and history unique to the little-known Hot Spring, and can have the experience that goes beyond the space and time.

Spring Quality: Alkaline simple Hot Spring
The effect: The Hot Spring is good for neuralgia, rheumatism, wound, skin disease, gastrointestinal disorder, recovery from fatigue, stiff shoulders, sensitivity to cold, etc.

Kawamata Hot Spring

Yunishigawa, Kawamata and Okukinu Hot Spring
Open-Air Bath
Hot Springs for Day Trippers

After passing “Setoaikyo,” a deep steep-sided valley, and walking along the Kawamata Lake, you would find the Kawamata Hot Spring Resort that has gushed geysers. The resort has many hotels and ryokans near the Kawamata Lake and along the valley. From open-air baths, visitor can enjoy magnificent scenery of the great nature consisting of the valley and beautiful mountains.

Spring Quality: Simple Hot Spring, sodium - sulfate spring
The effect: The Hot Spring is good for neuralgia, rheumatism, muscular pain, gastrointestinal disorder, sensitivity to cold, hemorrhoid, beautiful skin, etc.

Okukinuonsenkyou (Okukinu Hot Spring Village),

Yunishigawa, Kawamata and Okukinu Hot Spring
Open-Air Bath
Hot Springs for Day Trippers

The Okukinu Hot Spring Resort offers 4 types of secluded Hot Springs that have different spring qualities. These Hot Springs are respectively called as Kaniyu, Hacchounoyu, Teshirozawa Hot Spring and Nikkouzawa Hot Spring, and each has abundant quantity of Hot Spring water. As the place is surrounded by rich nature, driving cars into the Okukinu Hot Spring Resort is forbidden. This Hot Spring resort is one of the hardest place to visit for tourists; what tourists can do to reach the Hot Spring resort is limited either to take more than 90-minute walk on the mountain road from the Meotobuchi Hot Spring Bus Stop or use a pick-up bus that only some ryokans have. However, each Hot Spring has many sources to supply abundant quantity of Hot Spring water, and soaking into the open-air baths surrounded by the rustic beauty of the nature will surely refresh travelers’ body and spirit. Because this resort is covered in deep snow in winter, travelers can also have pleasure of yukimiburo (bathing while enjoying a snow scene),.

Hacchounoyu

Spring Quality: Simple Hot Spring
The effect: The Hot Spring is good for neuralgia, arthritis, skin disease, diabetes, hemorrhoid, women‘s diseases, etc.

Kaniyu

Spring Quality: Sulfur spring
The effect: The Hot Spring is good for rheumatism, skin disease, gastrointestinal disorder, diabetes, women‘s diseases, etc.

Teshirozawa Hot Spring

Spring Quality: Simple sulfur spring (hydrogen sulfide type),
The effect: The Hot Spring is good for cut, chronic skin disease, digestive diseases, beautiful skin, etc.

Nikkouzawa Hot Spring

Spring Quality: Sulfur containing - sodium - chloride / hydrogen carbonate spring
The effect: The Hot Spring is good for neuralgia, diabetes, women‘s diseases, rheumatism, etc.

Okunikko Yumoto-onsen

Okunikko
Open-Air Bath
Hot Springs for Day Trippers

Located in the center area of Nikko National Park and near the Lake Yunoko, Nikko Yumoto-onsen is a Hot Spring resort on the plateau area surrounded by the wetlands registered under the Ramsar Convention. It has a long history: It is said that Shodo Shonin (Saint Shodo),, the first head priest of Nikko, discovered the Hot Spring and gave the name of Yakushinoyu 1,200 years ago, and that Kobo Daishi (Saint Kobo), visited this place and discovered Kanjizaiyu (Kanjizai Hot Spring), and prayed to Kannon (Boddhisattva), in year 820. The source Hot Spring is originally emerald green color, but the color turns to milk white, when the Hot Spring is exposed to air. The Hot Spring is especially liked by females, because it is rich in metasilicic acid. The hot resort offers variety pleasures thought the year, such as summer retreat, hot-spring cures and yukimiburo (bathing while enjoying a snow scene),. Enjoy the relaxed time that the Hot Spring resort near the Lake Yunoko offers.

Spring Quality: Sulfur spring
The effect: The Hot Spring is good for high blood pressure, arteriosclerosis, cut, neuralgia, chronic skin disease, chronic women‘s disease, diabetes, muscular pain, arthritis, etc.

Nikko Hot Spring

Nikko
Open-Air Bath
Hot Springs for Day Trippers

Hot spring resorts are located around the World Cultural Heritage shrines and temples of Nikko. In this area, there is a Hot Spring that was called as musonoyu (Hot Spring of imagination), by Kobo Daishi (Saint Kobo),, and the source of the Hot Spring was reportedly discovered in recent years. The Hot Spring is colorless and transparent, is said to be good for beautiful ski. In this resort, travelers can heal fatigue of the tour of the world heritages.

Spring Quality: Simple Hot Spring
The effect: The Hot Spring is good for stiff shoulders, neuralgia, beautiful skin, etc.

Chuzenji Hot Spring Resort

Okunikko
Open-Air Bath
Hot Springs for Day Trippers

This Hot Spring resort is located at north of the Chuzenji Lake, which was formed by an eruption of Mt. Nantaisan. The Hot Spring is drawn from the Nikko Yumoto Hot Spring Resort that is 12km away. The Hot Spring that is originally as hot as 78°C is gradually cooled down to the temperature suitable for bathing during the transportation. There are many sightseeing spots around this resort such as Futaarasanjinja Chugushi (a shrine built on the middle ground of Mt.Nantai Shrine), and the Kegon Falls, and visitor can enjoy seasonal beauty of the nature thought the year.

Spring Quality: Sulfur spring
The effect: The Hot Spring is good for stiff shoulders, neuralgia, beautiful skin, etc.

Japanese Hot Spring bathing etiquette

In order to get even greater enjoyment from a Japanese Hot Spring, it is definitely advisable to learn the basic bathing etiquette. By learning these points, you will be able to ensure not only your comfort, but also the comfort of the people around you while you enjoy the Hot Spring.

The basic of Japanese Hot Spring bathing is to pour hot water on yourself or to wash your body before immersing yourself in the Hot Spring. When pouring hot water on yourself, make sure to pour hot water to the farthest body parts from your heart and to accustom the body to the temperature of hot water. Make your body clean to keep the important Hot Spring clean and to let everybody enjoy the Hot Spring without annoyance.

When you soak in the bathtub, do not put your towel in the bathtub and keep the Hot Spring clean. Swimming in or dive into the bathtub not only annoys other people, but also is very dangerous. In addition, when you finished washing your body in the washing place, make sure to put the chair and bucket on the place where they were, so that other people can use them without annoyance.
Taking pictures in the bathroom is prohibited by almost all the Hot Spring resorts. Keep the memories of the Hot Spring only in your hearts!

After enjoying the Hot Spring, dry your body with a towel before entering to the dressing room. What you need to care most is the time when you take the bath. Take 30 minutes to one hour interval after the meal, before you take the bath. Refrain from bathing after drinking alcohol. After taking bath, make sure to replenish the lost water in your body appropriately.

What Is a One-Day Onsen (Hot Spring Bath) Tour?

A one-day onsen (hot spring) tour allows you to use the hot spring bath in lodging facilities, even if you do not stay in the facility. You can use not only facilities for the one-day tour, but also many hotels and inns. Because the facilities sell or lend towels, you can easily stop over there even during your trip in an easy manner.
The Kawaji Hot Spring resort sells the “Yumeguri Yuko Tegata (Passport for Hot Spring Tour)” that allows you to use multiple hot spring facilities at a discounted package fare.

What Is Footbath?

Foot bathes allow tourists to immerse their foot in hot spring bathes. They are placed in outdoor location near stations and parks, and visitors can use such facilities with their clothes on. Because there are benches or other things that you can sit down in the facilities, you can immerse your legs below your knees in the hot spring bath. In addition, some facilities has bath tabs that you can immerse your hands in. Why not immerse your legs in a footbath to take a rest and ease your fatigue after town strolling and walking?