hot springs

Though Yakushima is not a volcanic island, it is blessed with several natural hot springs (onsen 温泉 in Japanese).  The temperatures of each onsen vary.  The seaside onsens hover around  30℃ while the hottest onsen (Onoaida Onsen 尾之間温泉) is a steaming 46℃.

How to take an onsen (a beginner's guide!)

Follow the onsen etiquette of first thoroughly washing yourself outside the bath (there are always plastic washing bowls available for your use).  Most onsens provide soap and shampoo or have them available to buy.  When using a shower, it is polite to sit down so as to avoid splashing other people. If you are at a seaside onsen and there isn’t a shower available, simply scoop water out of the pool and thoroughly rinse yourself off before getting in.  In most onsens it is fine to wrap a small towel around you to preserve your modesty.  If your hair is long, put it up or wrap it in a towel to stop hair getting in the bath.  Many onsens do not allow people with tattoos into the bath. Tattoos are still a rarity in Japan and, though no one will mistake you for a Japanese gangster (!), tattoos still have negative yakuza (Japanese mafia) connotations.  Save yourself an awkward situation and cover any tattoos whilst using an onsen or public bath … even swimming pools may ask you to cover them. 

The following hot spring temperatures are the actual bath temperatures. Take a look at our Yakushima maps page to see where the hot springs below are located.

KusugawaKusugawa Onsen (楠川温泉)

Access: 10mins south of Miyanoura.  The sign can be seen from the roadside.

Time: 09:00 – 20:00              Entry: 300 yen

 

 

manten 5Jomon no Yado Manten Onsen (縄文の宿まんてん温泉)

Access: 20mins south of Miyanoura.  Directly opposite the Yakushima Airport.

Time: 10:30 – 22:30             Entry: 1500 yen (Child 530 yen – 1050 yen) 

 

OnoaidaOnoaida Onsen (尾之間温泉)

Access: 50mins south of Miyanoura.  The sign can be seen from the roadside.

Time: 07:00 – 21:00 (Monday's 12:00 – 21:00)   

Entry: 200 yen / Child 100 yen                 

There is a free foot bath outside the onsen which is perfect after the hike up to Janokuchi waterfall.

 

JR HotelJR Hotel Yakushima Onsen

Access: 50mins south of Miyanoura.  Turn into the village and head towards the post office & town office.

Time: 15:00 – 18:00            Entry: 1000 yen / Child 500 yen         

 

 

HirauchiHirauchi Onsen (平内温泉)

Access: 60mins south of Miyanoura.  The sign can be seen from the roadside.  Turn left towards the sea.

Time: 2 hours between high tide & low tide.  Tide times are listed here .  Entry: 100 yen (donation)           

For more information see our Seaside Hot Spring section.

 

YudomariYudomari Onsen (湯泊温泉)

Access: 80 mins south of Miyanoura. 

Time: 24 hr            Entry: 100 yen (donation)         

For more information see our Seaside Hot Spring section.

 

 

3800254604_61a65f50c5_oOura Onsen (大浦温泉)

This tiny onsen in a stunning location has only recently re-opened and now has the addition of a small campsite, set back from the narrow beach.

To get to Oura onsen you need to drive past Isso and head towards Nagata.  Soon after Isso there is a signpost on the right for the onsen.  There is a slightly misleading sign that says the campsite is 5 minutes from the main road, it's more like a 15 minute walk (just follow the winding road down to the sea and you're there). This tiny onsen is in a run-down and ramshackle building, but it is peaceful and with beautiful views of the open sea.

 Time: 09:00 – 19:00        Entry: 300 yen / Child 150 yen

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