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Onsen(Hot Springs) in Wakayama

Kishu Chomon-no-yu
Kishu Chomon-no-yu

Onsen Paradise

Wakayama is home to hundreds of springs and some of the country's best onsen(hot spring)resorts. Some are nestled in the mountains, others overlook the ocean, but all offer a unique and relaxing Japanese experience.

This rotenburo (open air bath) allows you to enjoy bathing while listening to the sound of the sea as the waves break upon the rocks. Your trip will be made even more pleasant by the scenery of Katsuura Bay, including boats upon the ocean and fires for luring fish at night. There are also other rotenburo that can be reserved for private use.

A Mysterious Hot Spring

Tsubo-yu
Tsubo-yu

Tsubo-yu is renowned for being the oldest hot spring in Japan. It is also the only UNESCO World Heritage Site where you can enjoy full-body hot spring bathing. This mysterious hot spring is a small rock bath which can fit about two adults, and the color of the hot water changes seven times each day. According to legend, a famous military commander cured his illness at this spring.

Bathing in a River

Sennin-buro/Kawayu Onsen
Sennin-buro/Kawayu Onsen

Sennin Buro refers to famous rotenburo (open air bath) at Kawayu Onsen (hot springs) which is only available during winter from December to February. Hot water wells up by digging at the river bank, creating an exclusive rotenburo. This massive hot spring with a capacity of nearly 1,000 people (or ''sennin" in Japanese) can be entered when wearing a bathing suit.

A Hot Spring in a Cave

Bokido Cave
Bokido Cave

This rotenburo (open air bath) is located inside a large natural cave that has been eroded by the stormy sea. It faces the Pacific Ocean and allows visitors to enjoy gazing at the vast ocean before their eyes while listening to the sound of the waves ringing throughout the cave. It is also famous for its beautiful views of the rising sun.

A Legendary Onsen

Saki-no-Yu Onsen
Saki-no-Yu Onsen

Saki-no-yu, located in Shirahama, is said to be the oldest onsen (hot spring) in Japan and features rotenburo (open air baths) that look right out on the vast Pacific Ocean. Enjoy the thrilling experience of watching the waves that constantly batter the rocks while soaking in the bath. You can even feel the spray from the waves, which makes this rotenburo very unique.

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