After around 90-minutes of traveling from Shin-Yamaguchi station while gazing at the scenery from the window of a small train…
…We finally arrive at the hot spring area about 1 km from JR Nagato Yumoto station, and the murmuring of a clear stream, the chirping of birds and the sound of insects welcome me. Everyday fatigue just melts away and we’re surrounded by comfort.
We immediately took a walk around the hot spring area – a simple townscape that hasn’t been commercialized into a sightseeing area.
It’s a place to listen to the sound of the river flowing, and to gaze at the starry night sky to your heart’s content.
With the ever-present murmur of the river in the background, we enjoy a relaxing footbath.
These waters, that aid your feet tired from walking, are slightly on the hot side and popular for it.
Known for being the oldest in Yamaguchi prefecture, the Nagato Yumoto hot springs have 600 years of history.
Many people visit to heal their muscle and joint pains, as well as to recover from exhaustion.
Otozuregawa River is the lovely name that has been given to the beautiful clear stream that weaves its way through the calm hot springs of this mountainous region.
The origins of the name lie in the story, Otozuregawa monogatari, of Yuna. Apparently, a woman working in one of the bathhouses in 1768 had secret feelings for a certain man that she could not speak of, so she put them in writing and sent them down the river (the written characters for the river’s name have the meaning of ‘correspondence’ and ‘letter’).
A simple, relaxing town where love comes true…
How about a relaxed outing to the hot springs?
Yumoto Onsen Ryokan Association
Location: 1257 Fukawayumoto, Nagato city, Yamaguchi prefecture
Open: 9.00-17.00 (Open year round)
Setouchi Finder Photo-writers: Makoto Esaki & Yoko Suganami (Rainbow Sake Co., Ltd.)
Yoko Suganami Rainbow Sake, Inc. After an extended stay in Hawaii, in 2011, I returned to my hometown of Kure, Hiroshima. Having worked at advertising companies in both Japan and Hawaii, I founded Rainbow Sake - a PR company with the goal of spreading Sake abroad. I hope that sake will ""bring the people of the world together"" and that I can be a part of that. I often travel abroad, and mostly to Hawaii and Singapore. Every time I come back home, I rediscover the beauty of my hometown and the happiness the easygoing, calm, fresh and simple sea and mountains of Setouchi bring.
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