Use the

Planning a Trip to Japan?

Share your travel photos with us by hashtagging your images with #visitjapanjp

Kawayu Onsen 川湯温泉

Kawayu Onsen Kawayu Onsen
Kawayu Onsen Kawayu Onsen

A geothermal river runs through it

The clue to this area's mystique lies in its name, Kawayu Onsen, or hot water river. Thermal water bubbles up from the river bed, allowing for hot-water bathing in a natural setting. Squeezed in between lush green mountain slopes and a huddle of hostels and inns, river relaxation is the order of the day.

How to Get There

A 10-minute bus ride from Hongu-taisha-mae will bring you to the area—the perfect spot for relaxing after visiting the grand shrine and Oyunohara .

Senninburo River Bath

Visiting in the cold winter months of December to February offers nature lovers a chance to soak in the Senninburo River Bath, an exclusive bathing area set up for the season that is big enough for a thousand bathers. Swimsuits required.

Excellent place for relaxation

If you are looking for a relaxing dip outside of those months, some accommodations rent shovels to dig your own bathing spot. There are also some pre-dug baths for those who want to get right in.

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

Recommended for You

Yunomine Onsen
Yunomine Onsen

Please Choose Your Language

Browse the JNTO site in one of multiple languages