Onsen （Hot Springs)
There are many hot springs in the southern part of the Kii Peninsula, including Higashikishu, despite the absence of nearby volcanoes.
The reason behind this is attributed to the world’s largest volcanic eruption that occurred over 14 million years ago, which resulted in an abundance of hot springs still gushing out today.
We are receiving the benefits of enormous volcanic activity that occurred a long time ago.
Indulging in a hot spring experience is a must-do activity to feel the ancient romance of the region.
Apart from this, outdoor activities such as hiking in the mountains, exploring the Kumano Kodo, and enjoying river and sea leisure activities are other popular pursuits in Higashikishu.
Unwind in a hot spring to relax and wash away fatigue after a long day of adventure.
１ Tokinoza [Kihoku-cho]
At Jonohama in Kihoku-cho, the northern gateway to Higashikishu, you can find a stunning sea that stretches for miles.
From this prime location overlooking the Kumano mountains in the distance, you can indulge in various types of baths, including open-air baths, large public baths, and private baths.
Although the daytime view of the sea from the open-air bath is lovely, the night sky filled with stars is truly exceptional.
[Hours] 12:00 pm to 9:00 pm (Last admission at 8:00 pm)
[Fees] 1,100 yen (including tax)
２ Kii-Nagashima Furusato Onsen [Kihoku-cho]
Furusato Onsen can be found in the Japanese inn town within the Furusato region of Kihoku-cho.
This hot spring is well-liked by the locals and offers a serene environment with its wooden surroundings.
The hot spring is rich in sodium bicarbonate, making it an ideal place to unwind and thoroughly warm up your body for complete relaxation.
[Hours] 10:00 am to 9:00 pm
*1:00 pm to 9:00 pm on the 4th Wednesday of the month (last admission at 8:00 pm). [Closed] Open all year round [Fees] Adults: 520 yen, Seniors (65 years old and above): 420 yen, Children (elementary school students): 310 yen.
*Hot spring water is also sold at the hot spring stand for 100 yen/30ℓ.
３ Yumekodo-no-Yu [Owase City]
Located adjacent to the Mie Prefectural Kumano Kodo Center, this bathing facility is unique throughout Japan for its use of deep seawater.
Deep seawater is collected from the deep sea, about 400 meters below the surface, and is known for its high level of cleanliness and abundant minerals, making it reputedly beneficial for the skin due to its high moisturizing effect and compatibility with the skin.
The facility offers both spacious indoor and open-air baths with views of Owase Bay, and the latter has two Shigaraki ceramic bathtubs of different temperatures and sizes.
Additionally, there are dry and mist saunas surrounded by Owase hinoki cypress, which makes this hot spring a popular destination for sauna enthusiasts.
[Hours] 10:00 am to 9:30 pm (last admission at 9:00pm)
[Bathing Fees] Adults: 650 yen (junior high school and above) on public holidays and busy periods: 700 yen
Seniors: 550 yen (65 years old and above) on public holidays and busy periods: 600 yen
Children: 300 yen (4 years old to elementary school)
Under 4 years old: free of charge.
４ Umi Hikari [Kumano City]
Umi Hikari is a ryokan (Japanese-style inn) situated on a hill in Kumano City, providing a beautiful view of Kumano-nada and the city center.
It is popular among the locals and offers a bath facility equipped with a relaxation room where you can relax after your bath and use full-body, foot, and hand massage machines.
Spring name: Kumano onsen / Source: Within Umi Hikari grounds
Large public bath only (Day-trip bath) Contact number for day-trip bath (Interactive voice response) 0597-89-7140
[Hours] 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm [Bathing Fees] 600 yen
５ Yunokuchi Onsen [Kumano City]
Yunokuchi Onsen, nestled in the mountains of Kumano, is a secluded hot spring that has been cherished by locals as a healing destination since ancient times, thanks to its high-quality spring water that flows directly from the source.
It offers various bathing options such as outdoor and indoor baths, standing and lying-down baths, half-body baths, and private baths, all without the addition of water or heat. Medicinal baths are also available.
[Spring name] Shin Yunokuchi Onsen with Sodium-Calcium Chloride Spring
[Hours] Day-trip bath: 9:00 am to 9:00 pm
[Bathing Fees] Adults: 550 yen, Children: 280 yen.
Private Bath (60 minutes): 1,100 yen (not including bathing fee)
13-piece discount ticket book: 5,500 yen.
６ Hotel Seiryuso [Kumano City]
Located in Hotel Seiryuso, Iruka Onsen Yasuraginoyu overlooks the Kitayama-gawa River from its open-air bath.
This hot spring is favored by the locals for its ability to alleviate ailments such as neuralgia, muscle aches, joint pains, and frozen shoulder.
Large public bath, open-air bath, sauna
[Spring name] Shin Yunokuchi Onsen
Day-trip bath TEL 0597-97-1180
[Hours] 12:00 pm to 9:00 pm (last admission at 8:30 pm)
[Bathing Fees] Adults: 630 yen
Seniors (65 years old and above): 520 yen
People with disabilities (please bring along your identification card): 520 yen
Children: 320 yen
Under 3 years old: free of charge
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