Discover Kyushu: The Unparalleled Onsen Experience
May 17, 2019
Fancy a bath? Look no further. Kyushu, located in the southwest of the Japanese archipelago, is known for its active volacnoes, pristine beaches, and most of all, its natural hot springs. As a result, there are countless hot spring towns spread all across the region.
Here are some of our favourite onsens that we think you should check out.
Uchimaki Onsen, Mount Aso
Surrounded by the outer rim of Mount Aso, the thermal water of Uchimaki’s hot springs are drawn from deep within the mountain. Here, you will find many open-air baths available that offer breathtaking views of the mountains around the region. Sit back, relax, and admire the beauty of nature.
Kurokawa Onsen, Mount Aso
Nestled among the mountains of Central Kyushu, Kurokawa Onsen stands at an altitude of 700m, with a beautiful view of the Tanohara River. Wander though the serene streets of this quaint mountain village, and you will find many local inns that offer access to various hot spring baths right in the middle of nature. From late December to March, the Yua-kari event takes place, and countless bamboo lanterns illuminate the streams at night.
Takegawara Onsen, Oita
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Just minutes away from Beppu Station, Takegawara Onsen was first built in 1879 and has since become the most iconic of all the onsens in the Beppu region. Equipped with an indoor sand bath sauna and a traditional style hot spring bath, this is the best place for an authentic onsen experience. The site also boasts stunning architecture with an oriental gabled roof, making the landmark instantly recognisable.
Ibusuki Sunamyshi Onsen, Kagoshima
With its dark sand beaches, the Sunamyshi Onsen is most famous for its Saraku Sand Bath Hall that features sunny open spaces designed to allow patrons to enjoy the surrounding view of the seaside while having a sand bath. The sand is infused with the natural hot spring water from the beach, and is thought to be very healing for the body, such as providing relief for joint pains and digestive issues.
Hirauchi Kaichu Onsen, Kagoshima
Offering a wide array of different hot spring baths, this location boasts stunning views of the waves that crash on the rocks around the onsen at low tide. Just meters away from the sea, Hirauchi Kaichu Onsen is also very popular with local residents. This onsen is only accessible a few hours a day due to the changing tides, so do check the local tide times before visiting.
Bonus: Try the Real Onsen Egg
How do you like your eggs? All over Kyushu, you will find hot spring locations selling onsen eggs, that are slowly cooked in the hot thermal spring water, resulting in a luxurious, silky texture of the the outside, with a firm middle.
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