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Interesting Hot Spring Spa

This place is a good alternative to Yunomine Hotsprings, and it's accessible by bus. Look at the... read more

Reviewed January 17, 2019
RichardBoise
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Boise, Idaho
Riverside bath!

Dress in hotel dressing gown, swimsuit and flip-flops and cross the (quiet) road, descending to the... read more

Reviewed July 5, 2018
couteaufin
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Whitchurch, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 17, 2019

This place is a good alternative to Yunomine Hotsprings, and it's accessible by bus. Look at the Tanabe Kumano web page for schedules. The book "The Nakahechi Trail; a Glimpse of Old Japan" covers this area quite well. Available on Amazon. You can use this...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed July 5, 2018

Dress in hotel dressing gown, swimsuit and flip-flops and cross the (quiet) road, descending to the river by easy stone steps or cross over the bridge (if busy) and try the other side. Enjoy the soothingly warm pool while naturally hot water is conveyed by...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed June 12, 2018

The contrieside is wonderful. The mountains and the river... amazing. And then there is this small hot spring directly at the river side and for everyone free to use.

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank sigsiko
Reviewed June 9, 2018

It’s awesome to soak in the outdoor onsen and then take a dip in the river. The water is pristine! We wore our bathing suits and robes from our inn across the river. I could have stayed there all day. Such a beautiful place with...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank Jane S
Reviewed June 1, 2018

This public bath is permanently dug into the streambed on the far side of the river from the Kawayu village and is easily reached using a pedestrian bridge. It's mixed gender, so swim suits are recommended, but be aware that it's not unusual to encounter...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed October 31, 2017

The best way to enjoy the outdoor river onsen at Kawayu Onsen is by staying overnight in one of the Japanese style lodges (minshuku/ryokan) along the river so we can simply walk across shortly to the river. If you prefer privacy the best time is...More

Date of experience: October 2017
3  Thank GabyVM
Reviewed September 18, 2017 via mobile

This place is a great experience for the whole family. You can use a spade and dig your own Onsen bath! Be careful where you step as it can be quite hot where the hot spring water comes to the surface. Even the ducks seem...More

Date of experience: September 2017
1  Thank lolikia
Reviewed May 29, 2017

Beautiful forested river with various hot spots bubbling up. There is a permanent bath that is free and open the public along with several spots down stream where people have built temporary pools from stones along the edge of the river. Make sure to test...More

Date of experience: May 2017
1  Thank GenghisRon
Reviewed May 11, 2017

If staying in Kawayu, why not try the hot onsen out open in the river bed ?! Just walk over in your yukata, get across the bridge, down those slippery stairs and into the hot bath. I actually ran a few times switching dips between...More

Date of experience: April 2017
1  Thank DirkW107
Reviewed April 14, 2017 via mobile

After 22km hiking three mountain passes in the rain on the Kumano Kodo, this was a perfect end to the day. I'm sure it would be good without that lead-up! It's a beautiful spot accessed by one of two footbridges- try the low one if...More

Date of experience: April 2017
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I think those lakes are located in Hokkaido. This river is in Nara Prefenture. Regards
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