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Yunoyama Onsen 湯の山温泉

yunoyama-onsen hot spring
yunoyama-onsen hot spring

A hot-spring resort with a thousand-year reputation

It may be tough to choose which hot-spring resort to visit in Japan, but if you are traveling between Nagoya and Kyoto, head to Yunoyama Onsen. It is a relaxing spot with activities and scenery to keep you entertained.

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  • Taking a dip in the rejuvenating waters
  • Exploring the trails and scenery on nearby Mt. Gozaiasho

How to Get There

Yunoyama Onsen is best reached by bus or taxi from the nearest train station, Yunoyama Onsen Station on the Kintetsu Line.

Kintetsu trains can get you to Yunoyama Onsen Station in about an hour from Nagoya and two and a half hours from Osaka-Namba and Kyoto. If you have a JR Rail Pass, consider the bullet train from Kyoto.

Bathing in a thousand-year-old hot spring

The hot springs at Yunoyama Onsen have been a popular tourist destination for over a millennium. The resort is also known as “deer onsen” because the waters are said to heal the local deer.

All hot-spring resorts claim their waters have various beneficial effects on your skin and body as a whole, but Yunoyama is one of the few that has minute amounts of radium. The radium is thought to relieve nerve pain and skin damage, and it makes your skin look more youthful.

Your stay at the resort

There are a dozen or so different inns of various capacities and a number of local cafes and pubs.

Yunoyama also offers a nice setting for taking walks, and the rustic scenery provides a look different from modern-day urban Japan.

If you are seeking more activities in the area, look to nearby Mt. Gozaisho . You can take the Gozaisho Ropeway up to the park, ski resort, and hiking trails at the summit.

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