Shika no Yu

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Shika no Yu
4.5
Onsen Resorts • Thermal Spas
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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4.5
257 reviews
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Cynthia C
15 contributions
Oct 2019 • Solo
I'd been wanting to go here for a while as a day trip but heard it was too difficult. It's not. Just take the Shinkasen or the Shinjuku Liner and your up there in no time. So I decided to spend the night in this area...not my best choice. If your in this area Shika no Yu is excellent. Great sulfur waters, beautiful and clean. The history dates back to the 7th century and the onsen is old, rustic and charming. Nearby, there is a temple and the Valley of Jizo which you can enjoy in about 2 hours. If your an Onsen buff this is not to be missed. If your into 1st class and luxury...probably not the place to go. If you stay in the area nearby Nasu Harvest or Nasu Sanraku are very nice.
Written November 1, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

majika2016
Nakagawa-machi, Japan1,339 contributions
Dec 2017 • Family
merit:effectiveness,elegant view ,smells good,quaint house.
demerit:be crowded,nagging,so hot.
"sika no yu "is most old house and by old custom.
Written January 21, 2018
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Nazarra C
4 contributions
Apr 2017 • Friends
Went there to see the Sesshou seki, but this is the best Onsen I've ever been (and I was in Arima and Kusatsu but Shika no Yu is better) The water smells of sulfur and the place is a bit old, but my skin has never been better!
Written April 4, 2017
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Tazz C
Sendai, Japan5 contributions
Feb 2014 • Solo
Shikanoyu is a 1300 year old onsen, according to a local I spoke to. It's actually a Onsen Ryokan, which means you can stay there as well as visit the onsen itself. Personally, I just went for the onsen. I'm a woman, so I can only tell you about the female side of it. I assume the male is similar if not identical.

I went in Feb '14, and it was 400 yen to enter, which is a fair price for an onsen. Beware taking any medium to large bags though, because you'll be required to put them in a locker costing a non-refunded 200 yen. No towel is provided so remember to take your own.

Having entered the baths, there is definitely an old-style feel to them. There are two levels, the first containing a small wash station (essentially two taps and a bucket) so you can rinse yourself down. Then there are two almost waterfall-like water flows that gush down from above. They're warm, so it's pleasant just to sit under them a while as you contemplate your next move. There will be a smaller, rectangular bath in front of you. BE CAREFUL IT'S HOT. Don't just go sticking your hands in there or you'll be in for a shock.

In front of these two waterfalls, still on the first level, are four square wooden baths sunk in to the ground. The water is a milky colour, not quite opaque from all the natural minerals. At maximum capacity they could probably hold four - five people, but I imagine they never let it get that crowded. These baths range from 41 to 46(!!) degrees Celsius. I strongly recommend that if you aren't a seasoned onsen goer, that you do not try and immediately get in the 46 degree bath. Start with 41 or 42 degrees, and then progress to 44 degrees. If you still think you are game for 46 after that, enter slowly.

The second level contains a large bath of 42.5 degrees. It's the size of a small swimming pool, but only deep enough to sit in up to your neck or so (depending on how tall you are). There is a nice little rock feature where the water comes out. Over the years, the regular streams the waters flow down over have caused the rocks to slowly be bleached white with all the minerals (I think it's the sulphur that does this? Not a scientist, sorry for anyone who just face palmed at my ignorance).

TL;DR Old-style bath. The water is HOT don't jump straight in. 400 yen + 200 for bags.
Written March 9, 2014
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