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Get Silky Smooth Skin at Ureshino, Saga: One of Japan's 3 Best Onsen

Get Silky Smooth Skin at Ureshino, Saga: One of Japan's 3 Best Onsen

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In Saga-ken's Ureshino lies one of Japan's Top 3 Skin Revitalizing Hot springs, Ureshino Onsen. What kind of place is it? Let's have a look.

Translated by Collin Radford

Written by UCHACA

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Photo: Oomuraya

In Saga-ken's Ureshino lies one of Japan's Top 3 Skin Revitalizing Hot springs, Ureshino Onsen.
What kind of place is it? Let's have a look.

Why is it Known its Skin Care Effects?

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Photo: Sansui Global Inn

Ureshino Onsen was once prosperous on Nagasaki Kaidō (formerly a road across Kyushu, from Kokura to Nagasaki) as a Shukuba town (a town where travelers would rest on cross-country journeys), and was known for having a hot spring that could heal the sick.

And no wonder: it's an alkaline spring (a sodium chloride spring) with a hydrogen-ion concentration of pH7.5-8.5.
This configuration is said to help with Rheumatism, nerve pain, skin diseases, gynopathy, anemia, cuts and breathing problems.

In addition, the high sodium levels make for a lathery feel that heals dried and hardened skin, and gives it a youthful softness. This is the origin of its name.

If you drink the water, it can also give a boost to digestion and liver functions. It's a wonderful spring that will make beautiful both inside and out.
Note: Please do not drink the water from the bath area. There is a specialized spring for drinking

Where can I get in?

In Ureshino, there are tons of places where anyone can get into an onsen.

1. Business Hotels

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Photo: Suisan Global Inn

This is the bath of a business hotel in Ureshino Onsen, called "Sansui Global Inn". It provides baths with a combined theme of art and onsen.

2. Public Facilities
This Western styled building is a public bath known as Siebold's Bath (Japanese: シーボルトの湯). So long as you pay the entrance fee, anyone can enter.

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The interior is very open and welcoming.

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3. The Foot- and Sauna-baths Around Town

Foot-baths for your feet, and sauna-baths for tired achy muscles can be found all over town. This one you can use free of charge!

Quick and Carefree - Ureshino's Foor-baths

Are there any Japanese Inns?

The answer is, or course, yes.
There is, for instance, Oomuraya, the longest standing inn in the area.

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This is one of their Japanese-style rooms.

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This is a designer Japanese-styled room. You can see the hammock in the back, something you won't usually find in a Japanese room.

Here is a room with a bed.

And here's the bath. Oomuraya even has rooms fitted with their own onsens.

There are 30 other Japanese Inns at Ureshino Onsen.
Feel free to explore them at your leisure.

The People - Soft Skinned and Smiling

Ureshino Onsen is a hot-spring town. And its the people who live there that have supported it through the years.
There are many people to be met who have lived in and supported the town for decades.
They can often be found at  Siebold's Bath or visiting a foot-bath.
If you ever find yourself enjoying the spring with them, try saying hello. They're sure to respond with big, soft-skinned smiles.

Information

Ureshino Onsen

Address: Saga-ken Ureshino-shi, Ooaza Shimojukuotsu
Access: 20 minutes by Share-Taxi from Saga Airport (2000 yen/passenger - reservation required), or 30 minutes by JR bus (arriving at the Ureshino Onsen stop), from JR's Takeo onsen Station.
Official Webpage:Ureshino Tourism Association

Sansui Global Inn

Address: Saga-ken, Ureshino-shi, Ureshino-cho, Ooaza Shimojukuhei 28
TEL:0954-42-4020
FAX:0954-42-4021

By Car: 5 minutes on the Nagasaki Express way, Ureshino IC
By Bus: Take the Kyushu Express bus from the Hakata Bus Terminal(博多駅交通センター)
OR from the Nagasaki Station Bus Terminal.
Then 6 minutes on foot from the Ureshino Bus Center.
Alternatively, if you get off at the Ureshino Interchange, it's 20 minutes on foot, and 5 by taxi.
By Train: Leave out the southern exit at the JR Sasebo Line's Takeo Onsen Station, and transfer to bus there. Get off at the Ureshino Bus Center. From there it's 6 minutes by foot.
From Saga Airport: About an hour by taxi
From the Nagasaki Airport: 40 minutes by rentacar
Official Webpage:Sansui Globan Inn

Oomuraya

Address: Saga-ken Ureshino-shi, Ooaza Shimojukuotsu 848
TEL:0954-43-1234
FAX:0954-42-1051
Language Accessibility: English

By Car: 5 minutes from the Nagasaki Expressway Ureshino IC
By Bus: Take the Kyushu Express bus from the Hakata Bus Terminal(博多駅交通センター)
OR from the Nagasaki Station Bus Terminal.
Then 6 minutes on foot from the Ureshino Bus Center.
Alternatively, if you get off at the Ureshino Interchange, it's 20 minutes on foot, and 5 by taxi.
From the Airport: 1 hour by Taxi
Rental Car from Nagasaki Airport: 40 minutes
Official Webpage: Oomuraya

The information presented in this article is based on the time it was written. Note that there may be changes in the merchandise, services, and prices that have occurred after this article was published. Please contact the facility or facilities in this article directly before visiting.

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