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Yunomine Onsen

This is the oldest hot spring in Japan, which flourished as a bathing spot(Yugoriba) for Kumano pilgrims.

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Hot spring

It is located along the Nakahechi Route (Akagi-goe and Dainichi-goe ridges) on Kumano Kodo Path, nationally known as Japan’s oldest hot spring. It was opened 1800 years ago. Emperors Shirakawa, Toba, Goshirakawa and Gotoba stopped here on the way to Kumano, which made this hot spring widely known.

The source spring is still very active. The sulfur-sodium-hydrogen carbonate spring is said to be effective for neuralgia and rheumatoid. The hot water is distributed to Hotel, inns, bathing facilities and medicinal hot springs in the village for visitors to enjoy the efficacy.

Of those, Tsuboyu is a public bath registered as a world heritage. Natural rocks surround the small hot spring, which sometimes change colors 7 times a day. Hot spring maniacs would be delighted. The space is big enough for three people and the structure is quite simple, but visitors love the wild atmosphere. You take turns every 30 min.

The source spring is very hot at 90℃. Along the stream through the village, hot spring holes are set up. Buy eggs or vegetables at nearby stores and soak them here for a unique cooking experience.

Highlights

  • Opened 1800 years ago. Known nationally as Japan’s oldest hot spring.
  • The source spring is still very active with medicinal effects.
  • Tsuboyu, a small hot spring surrounded by natural rocks, recommended to onsen maniacs.
  • The public bathing facility is renovated until spring of 2022.

Photos

  • Steam rising in the hot spring village

    Steam rising in the hot spring village

  • Yunomine Onsen Public Bath Tsuboyu

    Yunomine Onsen Public Bath Tsuboyu

  • Hot spring hole along a river

    Hot spring hole along a river

Reviews

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  • 戴明月

    去跟附近的店家買雞蛋,老闆還會告訴我們今天煮蛋時間多久會比較好吃😋

  • 張紋娟

    硫磺的味道重,和一般常見到日本溫泉不同。

  • Chow Oscar

    看到有人在煮雞蛋,我也到附近商店買了~泡個十幾分鐘就可以吃了。

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Details

Name in Japanese
湯の峰温泉「つぼ湯」
Postal Code
647-1732
Address
110 Yunomine, Hongucho, Tanabe City, Wakayama
Tel
0735-42-0074 (Yunomine Onsen Public Bath, Tsuboyu), 0735-42-0735 (Kumano Hongu Tourism Association)
Closed
None (closed in case of bad weather and cleaning twice/year)
Business Hours
6:00am-9:30pm
Admissions
780yen (During the renovation of the public bathing house, 400yen)
Directions
1) from JR Kisei Honsen Line, Kii-Tanabe Station, ride Ryujin Bus for 1 hour and 40 min
2) from JR Kisei Honsen Line, Shingu Station, ride Nara-Kotsu Bus or Kumano-Gobo Nankai Bus for 1 hour and 10 min
Credit Cards
Not accepted
Official Website
Official Website (English)