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Kikuchi Onsen 菊池温泉

Kikuchi & Yamaga Area Kikuchi & Yamaga Area
Kikuchi & Yamaga Area Kikuchi & Yamaga Area

A young hot spring in northern Kumamoto

While most hot springs in Japan have a history dating at least several hundred years, the Kikuchi Onsen hot spring was discovered only in the 1950s. Also known as Waifu Onsen, the resort has become a popular tourist spot.

How to Get There

There are no train routes to Kikuchi Onsen, so the best way to travel is by car. If you can read Japanese, you may be able to navigate the public bus routes.

Mineral rich waters

Famous for its beautifying properties, the water at Kikuchi Onsen is so rich in minerals that it seems to stick to the skin. The silky water is slightly alkaline and reaches temperatures of 45 degrees. As well as making your skin more attractive, the water is said to have curative properties and health benefits.

Discount ticket

There are around 8 different hot springs to try in the Kikuchi Onsen area, each costing around 600 to 700 yen to enter. You can also get a 1,500 yen discount ticket, which grants you entry into any three participating bathing facilities.

Visit Kikuchi Onsen during cherry blossom viewing season

If you are in Kikuchi Onsen during hanami, cherry blossom viewing season, don't miss visiting Kikuchi Shrine, which has around 3,000 cherry trees in its grounds.

The latest information may differ, so please check the official website.

* The information on this page may be subject to change due to COVID-19.

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