Onsen (Public Baths)
Summer is ending, and it is becoming a little colder. Onsens, or public baths, are perfect for warming up your body on a slightly chilly, autumn day.
Japan has various kinds of onsens. Outside onsens (also known as roten buro), inside onsens. Onsens that have hot water coming from the ground through natural means, onsens that were made by humans. Public onsens, private onsens. In the Yamaguchi Prefecture, Yuda Onsen in Yamaguchi City and Yumoto Onsen in Nagato City are the most well known.
There is a legend that an injured, white fox cured its wounds in the waters at Yuda Onsen 800 years ago. The heat in onsens is either volcanic or non-volcanic. Non-volcanic onsens usually do not go over 40℃ but Yuda Onsen’s goes over 70℃. Safe but still warms you up to the core, one of Yuda Onsen’s prideful characteristics. The two thousand tons of hot water from Yuda Onsen are said to cure Neuralgia, muscle aches, stiff shoulders and more. Also it is known to be the ˝Bihada no Yu (Water for Beautiful Skin)；˝ there are high amounts of alkaline in the water which can smooth out your skin. Yuda Onsen is also known for free foot baths in five locations. They are highly recommended to those who want a quick relaxation fix.
Yumoto Onsen in Nagato City is known to be the oldest onsen in the Yamaguchi prefecture. Also known as ˝Shinju no Reisen (Cure from God), ˝ Yumoto Onsen was discovered over 600 years ago. Yumoto Onsen was also created from natural means and has alkaline in its waters. In October 2006, the location (which holds a legend about love) was certified as ˝Koibito no Seichi (Holy land for Lovers).˝ Couples who visit the Otozure River write their wishes on a strip of paper and float it down the river. Why not visit Yumoto Onsen with your significant other?
There are over 50 onsens in the Yamaguchi Prefecture. Do stop by and relax at your nearby onsen.