The waters of Sekigane Onsen (hot spring) are famously clear and odorless, despite having high levels of minerals and naturally occurring chemicals that are beneficial to health. For this reason, these hot springs are known to have “platinum water.”
Sekigane Onsen is included on an official list of the best 100 hot springs in Japan and is also listed as a “National Hot Spring Health Resort.”
Take a 35-minute bus ride from JR Kurayoshi Station.
Located on the border of the Tottori and Okayama prefectures and at the foot of Mt. Daisen, the hot springs have soothed the bodies and minds of travelers for centuries. The origins of Sekigane are said to date back more than 1,200 years.
Sekigane Yurai Ryokan or the town's Yumeikan are excellent places to enjoy a bath for day trippers, while some of the more expensive ryokan also allow for visitors to use the baths for a fee. Note that Yumeikan is mixed gender and requires swimwear.
Kamei Park offers pleasant views over Sekigane Onsen. Around 60,000 rhododendron flowers bloom in April and turn the park a brilliant pink.