While most hot springs in Japan have a history dating at least several hundred years, the Kikuchi hot spring was discovered only in the 1950s. Also known as Waifu Onsen (hot spring), it has since become a popular tourist spot.
The best way to go to the Kikuchi onsen is by car.
There are no train routes to Kikuchi Onsen, so the best way to travel is by car. If you can read Japanese, it might be possible to navigate the public bus routes.
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.
There are around 10 different hot springs to try in Kikuchi, each costing around 500 yen to enter. You can also get a 1,000 yen discount ticket, which grants you entry into any three participating onsen.
If you are in Kikuchi during hanami, cherry blossom viewing festival, don't miss Kikuchi Shrine, which has around 6,000 cherry trees.