Takayu Onsen, Fukushima - The Best Place To Enjoy A Relaxing Holiday
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Takayu Onsen, Fukushima - The Best Place To Enjoy A Relaxing Holiday

Fukushima 2017.03.08

Takayu Hot Spring is a secluded hot spring resort in the mountains in Fukushima. Here, the retro chic and historical Japanese buildings can still be found, as well as springs that are said to help treat various illnesses.

Translated by Richard Perkins

Written by Yumiko Delor

What is the Takayu Hot Spring?

秘湯、高湯温泉に行こう!

Image courtesy of: the Takayu Hot Spring Tourism Association

A hot spring town about 300km (roughly 186 miles) north of Tokyo, the Takayu Onsen in Fukushima city, Fukushima prefecture is located in the Tohoku region of Japan, and is, along with Zao Onsen and Shirafu Onsen, one of the three highest ranking hot springs in the area known as Oshu (*1). This is a hot spring that takes pride in having over 400 years of history. The phrase ‘secluded hot spring’ describes this hot spring perfectly as it’s in a village in Eastern Japan covered in mountain ranges; an area full of natural landscapes that’s wrapped in the silence of the opaque warm waters of the hot spring. This is one of those hot springs that even the famous poet Mokichi Saito often visited.

Takayu Onsen has a 400 year long history despite having to close after fires or because of politics, and still retains its authenticity to this day, making it one of those places in where you can just simply relax while enjoying the everlasting history.

*1 Oshu: an area covering Fukushima, Miyagi, Iwate, Aomori, and part of Akita prefectures.

The Distinctive Features and Remedies of the Takayu Hot Spring

秘湯、高湯温泉に行こう!

Image courtesy of: the Takayu Hot Spring Tourism Association

At the Takayu hot spring the water comes from nine different spring sources. You can enjoy the natural waters of a gensen kakenagashi hot spring here.

The quality of the spring here is one of the best in the country, as it is a sulfur-based spring. It’s said that the warm water in the spring here is good at helping to prevent illnesses and treat conditions such as high blood pressure, arteriosclerosis, chronic rheumatism, neuralgia, and atopic dermatitis.

Takayu Onsen is a well-known curative hot spring throughout Japan. While it goes without saying that you can do both day trips and overnight stays at this spring, you can also take a ten day rest here in order to fully make use of the hot spring cure as well.

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