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Okayama Prefecture is known as one of the leading hot spring areas in western Japan. It's great to be surrounded by nature and enjoy the atmosphere of a quaint spa and hot spring town. In this article, we will provide detailed information on how to get to recommended hot springs from Okayama Station...

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①Yugo Onsen

Yunogo Onsen is one of the three hot springs in Mimasaka, Okayama Prefecture, which is the best hot spring village in the Chugoku region. The origin of the hot spring is said to have been about 1,200 years ago, when the monk Ennin discovered the hot spring when he saw a white heron healing a wound in its foot during a pilgrimage to the Western countries. ” and has been popular for a long time.

The colorless and transparent hot water is said to make your skin smooth, so it is also called the ``Beauty Hot Spring.''

A base for sightseeing in Yunogo Onsen! Ryokan “KIFU NO SATO”

When traveling to Yunogo Onsen, we recommend staying at KIFU NO SATO, which is located in the center of the city and has easy access to tourist spots.

KIFU NO SATO is characterized by a slightly alkaline NaCa chloride spring that contains nitrogen gas, which is one of only three in the world. The small bubbles that adhere to your body do not cool your body, allowing you to take a long bath at a low temperature. It has a high healing power, and cuts and abrasions will completely disappear without a trace after soaking twice.

We also offer a variety of room types, including 4 types of hot spring suites, rooms with open-air baths, and standard Japanese-style rooms.

If you would like to know more about KIFU NO SATO, please refer to the article below.

[Okayama Accommodation] “KIFU NO SATO where you can enjoy Yunogo Onsen and flowers with a history of about 1200 years

Access to Yunogo Onsen

By bus

[From Osaka]

From Osaka Station JR Expressway Bus Terminal, get off at Mimasaka IC bound for Tsuyama, then 10 minutes by taxi.

*Buses are JR Bus and Shinki Bus and depart every 30 minutes.

Approximately 2 hours 30 minutes (about 2500 yen one way)

[From Okayama]

Take the Uno bus from Okayama Station and get off at Yunogo bound for Hayashino Station/Yugo Onsen (about 100 minutes)

[From Kyoto]

From Kyoto, take Tsuyama Express Kyoto (2 hours 40 minutes), get off at Mimasaka IC, then 10 minutes by taxi.

[From Kobe/Sannomiya Station]

Shinki Bus/Sannomiya Bus Terminal → Yamazaki IC (transfer) → Get off at Mimasaka IC, then 10 minutes by taxi.

By train

[From Osaka/Kobe]

From Himeji, take the Himeshin Line bound for Tsuyama, get off at Rinno Station, then take an 8-minute taxi ride.

(There are few trains and you may have to transfer)

②Yubara Onsen

A popular hot spring resort located downstream of Yubara Dam and spreading along the Asahi River.

There is a large amount of hot water, and the quality of the spring water is highly alkaline, making it smooth on the skin. The symbol of the hot spring town is Sunayu, a large natural open-air bath made from hot springs gushing out from the river bed. Thanks to the cooperation of local people, it is open 24 hours a day for free, so you can enjoy the natural hot springs in the middle of nature anytime.

It has been rated as the ``Yokozuna of the West'' in the national open-air bath ranking, and you can enjoy baths with different temperatures: Bijin-no-yu, Kotara-no-yu, and Choshu-no-yu.

The ryokan “Hakkei” is a base for sightseeing in Yubara Onsen.

This hot spring inn is located directly across from Yubara Onsen's symbol, Sunayu. As the name suggests, ``Kawa no Yu'' is a bathtub where you can enjoy the sound of the rapids, overlooking Asahikawa. In addition, you can see the beautiful starry sky from ``Sora no Yu'', which is close to the mountains and the sky.

Access to Yubara Onsen

By bus [from Osaka]

About 2 hours and 50 minutes from Osaka Station to Tsuyama Station

[From Okayama]

Okayama Station → (Katsuyama Chutetsu Bus Center) → Get off at Yubara Onsen → 5 minutes walk

By train

[JR Shinkansen] Get off at Okayama Station → [Chutetsu Bus] Okayama Station → (Katsuyama Chutetsu Bus Center) → Get off at Yubara Onsen → 5 minutes walk

→ Approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes from Okayama Station to Yubara Onsen bus stop

③Okutsu Onsen

A hot spring town along the river that has the atmosphere of a secret hot spring. This quiet mountain town is lined with quaint long-established inns and simple guesthouses.

The foot-stomping washing ceremony performed at the base of Okutsu Bridge is a symbolic sight of Okutsu Onsen, and demonstrations are held for tourists from 9:00 a.m. on Sundays (irregularly) from March to early December.

The spring quality is a simple alkaline hot spring. It is popular as a ``beauty bath'' because it contains bleaching ingredients and is said to make your skin smooth. Many literary figures and artists have visited here since ancient times, and it has also served as the setting for their works.

Access to Okutsu Onsen

By bus

[From Osaka]

Osaka Station → About 2 hours and 50 minutes from Tsuyama Station → About 1 hour from Okutsu Onsen

[From Okayama]

Okayama Station → Approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes to Tsuyama Station → Approximately 1 hour to Okutsu Onsen

By train

Okayama Station → Approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes to Tsuyama Station → Approximately 1 hour to Okutsu Onsen (bus)

Enjoy your hot spring trip in Okayama Prefecture!

Okayama Prefecture has many hot springs, including Yunogo Onsen and Yubara Onsen.

Especially "Mimasaka Santo" located in the northern part of Okayama Prefecture. The area where three hot springs, Yunogo Onsen, Yubara Onsen, and Okutsu Onsen, come together is easily accessible and full of attractions such as rich nature, the appearance of an ancient spa, and local seasonal flavors. is.

Please come and visit us once!

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