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  • Kirati
    Sapporo, Japan3 contributions
    We went to Kinosaki Onsen on 17th. Without any expectation, we had actually a great experience.
    Overall we were very happy.

    These are their good points.
    - Natural Onsen which gives so many benefits to your body
    - Mix pool outside, remember to bring your swimwear though.
    - Not far from town

    A few to improve
    - A refurbishment might need to be considered as some needs to fix e.g Toilet door was broken.
    - Need to repaint so the place looks fresh & new
    - A bigger toilet

    Thank you we will def come back.
    Written April 20, 2021
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  • Travelwithliz
    Singapore1,670 contributions
    A very charming onsen town albeit a little touristy. This is the place you can walk around in your yukata. For ¥1300 you can get an onsen pass to visit three onsens among the twenty over onsens in the town. The town is very compact and walkable within a short time. Many nice little shops,cafes and restaurants. Like most onsen town in Japan,shops will be closed after 5pm so it’s advisable to have your meals at the ryokan.
    Written November 12, 2019
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  • peru_doma
    North Carolina59 contributions
    Open air got spring bathing amidst snow mountains was our once-in-a-life memorable experience. Indian food was great.
    Written February 26, 2022
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  • KH C
    Singapore, Singapore95 contributions
    This onsen is reachable by Hakodate tram but you will need to walk another 10 min from the station. If you are a foreigner, it is preferably that you have google map to guide you. We didn't see anyone as we were walking. Do bring a small towel, large towel, shampoo and body washing lotion. Price is affordable. You can actually plan a stop at this onsen and proceed to Mount Hakodate (for the evening) which is not too far.
    Written May 14, 2017
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  • Francois L
    Saint-Nom-la-Breteche, France1,273 contributions
    The village has the oldest onsen some 1,800 years old. Public bath along the river nice little temple a place to relax
    Written October 1, 2019
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  • 旅するアシカ
    Japan50 contributions
    The temperature of this spa is 32 degree celsius. A bit low compared to usual hot springs. Warm seasons will be better to visit here than winter. The bubble spa is outside, because of CO2 generated by the springs. The mild silver bubble comes onto our skin, which relaxes us.
    If you feel cold, you can enjoy hot spa inside and sauna. Don't worry.
    Male area and female one are separated, so you don't need swimsuit.
    This facility keeps 3 friendly cats! I love them!
    Written August 22, 2019
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  • BuccaneerDave
    Nanaimo, Canada6,563 contributions
    Pondering what to do for a day in Takamatsu area and we stumbled upon walking around Busshozan.

    Bought our day pass at the Kotoden station across from the JR Clement Hotel at Takamatsu Eki. What a deal!

    Wandered around the town for the day. Had a nice lunch at the temple on the hill. Loved the town.

    But the best was for last. The onsen is a great example of the modern Japanese esthetic. Very clean building lines, beautifully designed, plain and simple. I loved the building.

    The baths are gorgeous. All hinoki. The three outside baths have are cool, warm and hot and are perfect for enjoying the open outdoor area with a choice of temperatures.

    Lived in Japan for years, have been to many onsens but this is one of my favourites.

    Go. You'll have a great day out!
    Written March 19, 2020
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  • ShibaInuGuide
    6,032 contributions
    This is an open-air bath facility at the top of the onsen town with water flowing down along the stream and pouring into it. The facility is quite minimum with no washing space with showers but two large rock pools with sulfuric mineral water, one rather hot, one less so (actually the river running aside apparently has hotter water than the pools).

    As usual with onsen faciilities in Japan, the women's and men's sections are segregated. Also, as usual, swimwear is not allowed. Pay 550 yen at the entrance, and remove your clothes at the changing room; lockers are in place but will take away 100 yen. Bring your own towels, one small hand towel for the etiquette and another bath towel for drying up. This Great Open Air Bath (Dai Rotenburo) is unfortunately closed in the winter months due to snow. There is a larger and more modern facility (Genshichi Roten no Yu) slightly downhill which might appeal more to larger families (and priced at 450 yen). Apart from these two, there are three small indoor public baths (Kami no Yu, Shimo no Yu, and Kawarayu) where you throw in 200 yen upon entrance dotted around the town, mainly for day visitor's and local people' use, but also available for those staying at the inns and wanting to stroll around to try different baths. The water around Zao is typically lightly to strongly acidic (similar to Kusatsu); it is not fit for drinking, but if you lick it, it will taste like hot lemonade.
    Written July 27, 2019
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  • Cynthia C
    15 contributions
    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
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  • TooTrue
    Perth, Australia167 contributions
    Loved the set up, so clean and organised and even held a suitcase for us.
    Asked if we had tattoos which we didn’t and then find an Asian chap with huge tattoos on one shoulder. Obviously they are fighting a loosing battle against liars and globalisation.
    Terrific idea having an Onsen in an airport and I still rate Chitose as my favourite airport including Changi as my second favourite.
    Written January 30, 2020
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  • Heloise Eliot
    Aveiro, Portugal178 contributions
    After being refused from another onsen because in a group of 5 I was the one with tattoos (although very small), and not being allowed in even if covered them up, Tenzan accepted us and were nothing but friendly and kind. So nice and relaxing, despite having (unknowingly) made the mistake of starting with the last "pool" - the hottest. It was an incredible experience to quietly sit outside, in the rain, surrounded by bamboo and with your body submerged in warm water. Beware low blood pressure people! It will make it even lower so be very careful - you will feel dizzy/lightheaded in there and after.

    A little reading break in the nap/resting room is mandatory, where you can quietly enjoy the sound of the river running through a very small waterfall just outside two massive windows. Very beautiful views. A must-do for those who enjoy doing nothing!

    Afterwards we tried the food at the restaurant which was equally nice (see photos).
    First photo was in the morning, last photo was the time we left. That's how good of a time we spent there. Highly recommend!
    Written September 21, 2020
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  • Hera L
    Canada62 contributions
    Small old schooled onsen perfect for a good soak after hiking Naruko Gorge. Think it is one of the hottest soaks we had and our muscles appreciate it. No English except for signs directing for women/men side. We paid 200 ¥ each from the vending machine. Need to being your own towel and soap. No lockers available but this is Japan and dead honest. Left our purses in cubicles but can see from the two pools. A nice experience and a slice of Japanese life.
    Written October 31, 2019
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  • Monika W
    39 contributions
    The most relaxing and special experience. They are trialling letting in visitors with tattoos. Any tattoos larger than about the size of a hand need to be covered with a flesh tone, waterproof, plastic bandage that can be purchased from the reception for a couple hundred yen. The staff were so friendly and all spoke quite good English. So many different bath options and lots of different add on options like massages etc. Huge relaxation/lounge areas and two restaurants. Simply cannot recommend it highly enough especially if you’re staying in the Shinjuku area.
    Written February 19, 2020
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  • Noriko T
    10 contributions
    I was long for visiting there more than 20years. Pure hot springs are so nice, even can drink. Quiet temples, museum and architectures.
    Written September 2, 2018
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  • TimboAU1
    Sydney, Australia200 contributions
    There are a wide range of shopping and eating options to meet all needs. The tram trip to the quant tram station there was good and you are also close tho Dogo Park. Worth a venture if time permits, I enjoyed the experience.
    Written April 30, 2019
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