What You Should not Miss in Yunishigawa, Kawamata and Okukinu Hot Spring

Hot Springs in Yunishigawa, Kawamata and Okukinu Hot Spring

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.

Sightseeing Spots in Yunishigawa, Kawamata and Okukinu Hot Spring

Kinunuma Swamp

Yunishigawa, Kawamata and Okukinugawa Hot Spring

This swamp lies on the highland marsh located at a height of 2,020, at the southern foot of Mt. Kinunuma. This area is known as a rich storehouse of alpine plants; visitors can view aleutian avens and bog rosemary in July, colored grass in the end of August, and flaming-red autumn leaves in the middle of September. When you reach to the steep mountain, you encounter with total 48 large and small swamps that let you forget the fatigue of the mountain climbing.

Setoaikyo Canyon

Yunishigawa, Kawamata and Okukinugawa Hot Spring

Setoaikyo is a valley that was produced on the upper stream of the Kinugawa River by erosion of tuffs. The 100m-high steep cliffs extending over about 2km presents breathtaking scenery to the visitors. The best period to view autumn leaves is from the middle of October to the beginning of November.

Heike Village

Yunishigawa, Kawamata and Okukinugawa Hot Spring

It is said that fleeing Heike warriors who had been defeated in the Genpei War inhabited in Yunishigawa Hot Spring about 800 years ago. In the folk village encompassing the thatched-roof house where the life of the fleeting Heike warriors is recreated, you can learn the history. Rice cakes and wood works for souvenirs are sold here.

Geyser

Yunishigawa, Kawamata and Okukinugawa Hot Spring

Hot water gushing forth among rocks creates breathtaking scenes. It gushes every 40 to 50 minutes and reaches a height of 20 to 30 meters. An observatory platform and footbath facilities are available.

* Please take not that the geysers have not been gushed since June 25, 2014.

Experiences that Yunishigawa, Kawamata and Okukinu Hot Spring Offers

Hiking

Okunikko
Kinugawa - Kawaji Hot Spring
Yunishigawa, Kawamata and Okukinu Hot Spring

Many people ranging from beginners to experts can enjoy hiking in the great nature in the city of Nikko, because most of the city areas are part of the Nikko National Park. Throughout the year, the city offers you seasonal joys: from beautiful scenery of magnificent mountains, valleys, falls, and lakes and marshes, to cherry blossom in spring, fresh green leaves in summer, colorful leaves viewing in autumn.

  • Term
    April - November

Snowshoes

Yunishigawa, Kawamata and Okukinu Hot Spring
Okunikko

The tour to explore the world of white snow in the snow shoes has gained general popularity. Everybody including a child and aged person can participate in the tour. Lying down on the snow or sliding on slopes, play with snow as much as you can.

Mini Kamakura Matsuri (Small Snow Hut Festial),

Yunishigawa, Kawamata and Okukinu Hot Spring
Okunikko

Kamakura means a house made with snow (a snow hut),. In the festivals of Yunishigawa and Okunikko, visitors can make their own small kamakura and illuminate it with light. Put on the light in the kamakura, and enjoy the fantastic atomospher.

  • Term
    January - March

Exploration tour of the dam and dam lake by amphibious bus

Kinugawa - Kawaji Hot Spring

This amphibious bus enters the water directly from land, allowing passengers to enjoy a tour of the dam lake from the water‘s surface.

Events in Yunishigawa, Kawamata and Okukinu Hot Spring

Heike Taisai (Great Heike Festival),

Yunishigawa, Kawamata and Okukinu Hot Spring

You should not miss the beautiful and magnificent parade inspired by Heike Emaki (illustrated handscroll of the Tale of Heike),, in which about 200 males and females dressed as warriors or princess of the ancient dynasty elegantly parade from Yudonosa Shrine to Heikenosato.

Yunishigawa-onsen KAMAKURA Snow House Festival

Yunishigawa, Kawamata and Okukinu Hot Spring

In daytime, visitors can enjoy snow sledding on the slope and barbeque in a snow hut called “Kamakura” (reservation required). In nighttime, miniature kamkakuras lit from inside on the river bed produce fantastic scenery.

Seasonal Flowers in Yunishigawa, Kawamata and Okukinu Hot Spring

Autumn Leaves by Setoaikyo Canyon (Middle of October to Beginning of November),

Local Cuisines and Souvenirs of Yunishigawa, Kawamata and Okukinu Hot Spring

Heike Ochudo Ryori (Fleeing Heike Warrior Cuisine),

Yunishigawa, Kawamata and Okukinugawa Hot Spring

This cuisine is named after the old legend that fleeing Heike warriors surrounded fire and baked the foods that they got in the mountain and river. You can sit around a fire pit and enjoy the cuisine.

Accommodation in Yunishigawa, Kawamata and Okukinu Hot Spring

Yunishigawa, Kawamata and Okukinugawa Hot Spring

Yunishigawa, Kawamata and Okukinugawa Hot Spring

In this secluded area surrounded by rich nature, tourists can enjoy rustic atmosphere. One of the characteristics of the accommodation facilities in this area is that many of them are proud of their hot springs and has good open-air baths. In this area, tourists can stay at Japanese-style ryokans or minshuku (small inns), having atmosphere like home. It is only this area that you can sit around a fire pit and enjoy the cuisine.

Model Courses to Tour around Yunishigawa, Kawamata and Okukinu Hot Spring