Yasukawa-keikoku Valley

Here you will find the headwaters of the Hiki-gawa River, which threads its way through deep forest. The water that glides across bare rock made smooth by the mountain stream is highly transparent, and it turns a beautiful blue in the scattered deep pools into which light pours. There is a walking path along the valley, and you can see a waterfall along the way.

Shimogawakami, Tanabe City

Made by water

The beauty of enormous, moss-covered rocks and sturdy trees can be found in the valleys in deep in the mountains where pure water flows. Natural hot spring water full of minerals that bubbles up from the layers of sediment in the ground is a water gift that soothes our minds and bodies.

Scenery made up of water and greenery that convey the power of natureValleys

Yukawa-keikoku Valley

This is a valley deep in the mountains of the upper reaches of the Yukawa-gawa River, a tributary of the Arida-gawa River. It is a famous place for fishing for red spotted masu trout nurtured in the river's clear stream. The series of icicle s hanging down like an ice curtain in winter is a highlight. Sagaritaki, an impressive waterfall with a 25 meter level differential, is located in the very upper reaches of the river.

Kamiyukawa, Aridagawa Town, Arida-gun
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Hyakkenzan-keikoku Valley

In this valley in the mountains where a primeval forest remains, enormous and oddly shaped rocks, giant's kettles and some 30 waterfalls large and small appear one after another. This scenery covered in fresh moss is magical. There is a trekking course running along the valley. The course is easily accessible via a bus running from the Japan Rail Kii-Tanabe Station to the trailhead.

Iya, Tanabe City

Hot springsHigh quality hot spring water combined with the appeal of a location among the ocean, rivers and mountains.

Kanaya Myoe-kyo Onsen

This is a nature-filled location on high ground overlooking Myoe-kyo Valley. It is said that your skin will be satiny after you get out of the viscous alkaline hot water. The indoor baths include Jacuzzis and places to recline in the hot water. You can enjoy a panoramic view from the open air bath.

TEL:0737-32-5526 81-3 Surigawa, Aridagawa Town, Arida-gun
11:00 a.m.-8:30 p.m. *last admission time
Closed on the 2nd Fri. Bathing fee: Adults ¥700, Children ¥400

Kawayu Onsen Sennin-buro

If you dig in the bed of the Oto-gawa River, you can enjoy an instant open air bath in the hot water that gushes forth. Every year from December to February, the river water is dammed up to create a big open air bath with an outstanding sense of spaciousness. The hot water that you bathe in while gazing up at the sky surrounded by nature is exceptional. Bathing suits are allowed.

Telephone not available Hongucho-kawayu, Tanabe City
6:30 a.m.-10:00 p.m. (Open from Dec. to Feb.)
Open every day during the period
Bathing fee: Free admission

Tsuru-no-Yu Onsen

Beloved as a spa since the Edo period, this small hot spring is located in a mountain valley. The hot water constantly flowing from the source contains a lot of iron and it is said to be effective for recovering from fatigue. The murmuring of a river can be heard from the open air bath and you can steep in the hot water at your leisure while experiencing the grandeur of nature.

TEL:0739-75-2180 47 Kumasegawa, Minabe Town, Hidaka-gun
11:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. *last admission time
Closed on Tue. (Open if the day falls on a holiday.)
Bathing fee: Adults ¥600, Children ¥300


This old ryokan designated by the government as a tangible cultural property has an elegant, rocky open air bath that overlooks the clear stream of the Hidaka-gawa River. The free-flowing hot spring is a sodium hydrogen carbonate spring. In the viscous, gentle hot water that that feels good against your skin, your body will be warmed to the core.

42 Ryujinmura-ryujin, Tanabe City
*Only available for use by overnight guests

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Saki-no-Yu Onsen

This impeccably pedigreed ancient hot spring boasts more than 1,350 years of history and was visited by the Emperor Tenji in the distant past. The open air bath is so close to the coast that sea water flows into it. It affords an unbroken view of the Pacific Ocean and has a high salt content. Here you can enjoy the miyuki onsen, which will warm you to the core in no time.

TEL:0739-42-3016 1668 Shirahama Town, Nishimuro-gun
8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (Apr.-June & Sep.: -5:30 p.m., July & Aug.: 7:00 a.m.-6:30 p.m.) *last admission times
Open every day (It may close due to maintenance)
Bathing fee: ¥500 (free for 2 years old and younger)

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Ryujin Onsen Moto-Yu

Ryujin Hot Spring is one of the three beautifying hot springs in Japan and its hot water is free-flowing. In addition to two types of indoor baths — Japanese cypress and rock — it has an open air bath where you can bathe surrounded by mountains. It is a sodium hydrogen carbonate spring that gives you smooth, beautiful skin.

TEL:0739-79-0726 37 Ryujinmura- ryujin, Tanabe City
7:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. Open every day
Bathing fee: Adults ¥800, Children ¥400

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Muro-no-Yu Onsen

This public bath looking out on the sea off Yuzaki has a partitioned bath tub fed by two different hot springs. If you alternately bathe in the sulfur-containing mabyu hot spring, said to remove old keratin, and the miyuki hot spring, with a high salt content and moisturizing effect, your skin will become smooth.

TEL:0739-43-0686 1665 Shirahama Town, Nishimuro-gun
7:00 a.m.-9:30 p.m. *last admission time
Closed on Tue.
Bathing fee: Adults ¥420, 6-11 years old ¥140, 3-5 years old ¥80

Tsubaki Hanano-Yu Onsen

This is a popular hot spring said to beautify the skin and located at a roadside station (rest area). There are a yew plum pine bath with lukewarm water direct from the hot spring source and a heated large common bath, both with water flowing in freely from the source.

1058-1 Tsubaki, Shirahama Town, Nishimuro -gun
Noon-8:00 p.m.
Closed on Tue. (If the day falls on a holiday, the following weekday will be closed instead.)
Bathing fee: Adults ¥500, Children ¥250

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Hanayama Onsen Yakushi-no-Yu

This is one of the highest concentration naturally carbonated hot springs in Japan. The brown water contains carbon dioxide and sodium, which promote blood circulation, and is popular among athletes because it helps them recover from fatigue and prevent injuries. The hot spring has both lukewarm water and heated water, so you can bathe in them alternately to improve your metabolism.

TEL:073-471-3277 574 Narukami, Wakayama City
8:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. (Thu.: -10:00 a.m.,holidays: -10:00 p.m)
Open every day *Closed during new year holidays.
Bathing fee: Adults ¥1,100, Children ¥550 (5:00 p.m.-: Adults ¥850, Children ¥420)

Hotel Urashima Resort & Spa’s Cavernous Bath & Boki-do Cave

There are a wide variety of hot springs at this hotel accessed by boat from Katsuura Port. The best among them is Boki-do hot spring, which is inside a natural cave eroded by the wind and waves from the sea of Kumano. Have an exceptional hot spring experience bathing while gazing upon the choppy Pacific Ocean while surrounded by the rock surfaces of the cave.

TEL:0735-52-1011 1165-2 Katsuura, Nachikatsuura Town
9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. *last admission time
Bathing fee: Adults ¥1,300, Children ¥650

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Spa Yunosato

This hot spring is located on a hill overlooking the eight peaks of Mount Koyasan. The hot water, which is a balanced blend of two kinds of natural water called kinsui (gold water) and ginsui (silver water), deeply permeates the skin and promotes health from inside the body. Guests visit from around Japan after hearing about it. It has lodging facilities convenient for those staying a while to use the baths to treat an ailment.

TEL:0736-33-1126 898 Konono, Hashimoto City
10:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. *last admission time
Closed on the 2nd Thu.
Bathing fee: Adults ¥1,100, Children ¥660