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- You just do not know how magically this place captures your mind and heart. It is a combination of the beauty of nature reflected in the green hills and the hot steam onsens. It is a place where the mind comes to rest and the eyes delight in the magical nature.
I love this place!
Awad (Palestine)Written November 24, 2021This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- I had always wanted to see the legendary Kusatsu Yubatake hot spring. I had heard it was cool. I wasn't disappointed. The strong sulfur smell was detectable from blocks away. It is thick with sulfur and a must-see when in Japan. Of course it is a tourist area, but the prices at the nearby shops aren't bad. Enjoy!Written August 17, 2021This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- It's definitely the best of the Seven Hells. Very beautiful and surreal place. Definitely recommended for photographers and onsen enthusiasts!Written December 5, 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Easy hike along a hot Sulphur river in the woods. Trails are very well marked, no worries about getting lost. Beautiful nature is amazing sometimes. If you plan on soaking your feet don't forget to bring a towel. The smell from the Sulphur but if you have respiratory problems already this might not be for you.Written September 24, 2020
- Not quite a target destination for first time visitors to the country due to its remoteness, but rather a nice place to visit if you happen to be around. In my case it was a trail running event with the registration and finish line set up in Yuya Onsen.
The village is built around the gorgeous Uregawa river (宇連川) with most of its hotels and restaurants facing the water. Prices are quite high, we even drove away to find cheaper food; but the service we received in the Senzankaku Hotel (湯谷観光ホテル泉山閣) was by all means great.
I imagine it would be nice to just walk along the river taking the tiny bridges across, enjoying the small waterfalls and the beautiful surrounding forest. Needless to say, if you stay at a hotel/onsen, satisfaction is guaranteed.
Multiple hiking trails, Horaiji shrine (鳳来寺) and quite a few waterfalls are located in the area.
40 minutes by car or 1h by the Iida line train from Toyohashi.Written May 10, 2016
- too hot to touch water directly! you can buy chicken eggs around there, and throw it to boil by this onsenWritten June 9, 2018
- I found the trail to get there more interesting than the lake it's self. The smell of Sulphur is present always. Trails are well ,maintained and easy to hike. You can drive there, they do have parking but I found the hike better because you can stop and see other sites along the way. I would not recommend hiking on the road. Blind curves and in some places nowhere to step off the road.Written September 24, 2020
- Kawayu onsen is a small onsen town in the Kumano Kodo area. The main feature is the open air hot springs that are formed by a natural pool in the river. You can soak with the hot spring bubbles and cool stream eddies flowing around you at the same time - delightful! Not much in the way of restaurants and facilities in the town. Ashita No Mori is a great place to stay with good food. Easy access via bus to kumano KodoWritten December 29, 2019
- As the title says this is the 2nd place I visited of the Hot springs. First we went Blue then we went red. It was shocking hot red in colour this one was. A must for the hotspring tour. It's pretty small, and you should only be there around 20 mins or less. The gift shop has some pretty cool stuff to take away as well.Written January 3, 2020
- If you want to visit this town it is easier if you drive or hire a taxi for 30,000 yen for around 4 hours and it only takes 1 hour to drive. We booked the taxi at our Inn Amazuno so managed to get a good rare for the taxi .The other way to do come is by train and bus and it can take up to 3 hours. We came from Tendo so that made it bit of an easier drive of 1 hour.
The Onsen is a hot spring bath but it is best if you book before you come otherwise might be hard to get into or they will be all busy. This is something you need to experience once in your life to see what It is like .
If you come in winter this town has a sort of a magical quality to it as it is covered in snow and it would look different if you came in summer. It is a good place to take photos especially if there is snow falling as it makes it more special.
There are a few cafes here also selling hot drinks such as Coacao, coffee ,tea and snacks . These are warm places also especially if you want to warm up after walking outside for a while.Written February 18, 2020
- I took an afternoon drive from Koyasan and it was just what my tired old bones needed after walking all day. ¥800 which is very reasonable, I did bring my own towel but I’m sure rentals are available. I also used my own products but it’s bc I’m picky they did provide shampoo and soap.Written November 10, 2019
- In the Kamado Jigoku,
There are 6 kinds of Kamado.
Visitors can enjoy to see several kinds.
So many visitors come here.Written February 9, 2019
- Located at the end of a long road and beyond the campground in the southeastern corner of Daizetsusan National Park, Shikanoyu is a mixed-bathing riverside rotenburo that is popular with the nature crowd and is known throughout Japan. Admission is free. Parking is on the south end of the campground, after which you must walk through the campground to find the onsen. At times there is a set of boxes beside the path a bit above the hot spring where you can change clothes. We went just after a big rain, and there was no changing place and the had risen over the path to the onsen and had cooled off the water. We didn't enter and left this onsen for a later encounter.
The location looks ideal with plenty of shade during hot summer days. The road to the hot spring may be closed during winter snowfall. Visited 9/19/2017.Written August 29, 2018
- The Kawarage Oyutaki Falls is a stunning slice of nature, we are so pleased we were told about this incredible hidden gem! Located about an hours from Akita, you will need GPS as you travel up a mountain to the start of the short hike down to the waterfall. The trip down is easy - but you will need some energy for the walk back up, but it is totally worth it! We visited the waterfalls in Summer with our two small children while exploring the Yokote area in July 2016. This is a piece of paradise not to be missed! Take towels to enjoy a relaxing dip in the warm thermal water under the cascading waterfall. There are plenty of other things to do in the area too including visiting the lavender fields, Furusato Mura Kamakuland, traditional sweet shops, kamakura-kan snow dome experience, manga museum and mato park. We will absolutely recommend this stop to others and have plans to visit again.Written December 1, 2016