Asago City - 朝来市

Oka no Yu

Japanese Name: 奥香の湯Prefecture: HyogoCity: AsagoAddress: 兵庫県朝来市和田山町玉置1087-1Access: Wadayama Station / 和田山駅Type: Supersento w/ natural hot springWebpage: ¥700Holiday: NoneHours: 10:00-22:00
ReviewMany supersento don’t use their ample space efficiently. Many supersento say they have a natural hot spring, and while they aren’t lying, but the quality of the spring is no better than tap water. Oka no Yu in rural Asago City is the shining example of what a rural supersento should be.The water is very alkaline and feels smooth to the touch. The incredible feel of this water is instantly noticeable. If you gently run your and along your body it is smooth but if you put a bit of pressure your hand stops as if you had a gecko's toes. Almost every bath takes advantage of the spring, even the wash basins. There’s a sign on the wall warning people with weak skin to use the normal tap water showers rather than the basins. Although if you have weak skin there are not many options for you other than the saunas and cold water bath.Indoors the baths have a basic supersento feel. All the materials are of good quality. It’s the rotenburo area that really shines. It’s pretty small, but there are many baths to explore. The tub baths are located in a shallow foot bath area. Each of the tubs are made of beautiful pottery and overflow into the foot baths. The feeling of stepping out of the warm foot bath into the hot tub is absolutely wonderful. There are three tubs to choose from and all are big. One could fit 3 people or let a single adult male stretch out.The communal bath has a upper and lower part. The temperature felt the same however. The lower one is shallower and has better view of the TV. The upper one has a more secluded feel. The rocks used to make this bath, especially the large stone used as a stair inside the bath, are all beautiful and well chosen.Outside there is also a great steam sauna. It was so steamy in there I could barely see my hand in front of my face.Oku no Yu has two bad points. The website is all done in flash and thanks to a popup blocker won’t open in Chrome. I had to open it in Safari. Second, it’s really rural and they are not use to seeing many foreigners there. At least I had that impression as the staff tried to speak English to me and seemed to treat me with a bit of extra care. The parking lot attendant was quite funny though and I enjoyed chatting with him for a few seconds when I entered and left.They seem to be very, very worried about people taking photos in the building as there were many new looking signs about it. Be extra careful about using your phone.If you plan on walking from Wadayama Station as I did, make sure to give yourself ample time, at least 20 minutes or more. The walk is pleasant and offers many great views of the trains coming and leaving the station, but if you are trying to make the next train you might have to rush it as I had to.
Hot Spring DataWell Name: Oka no Yu - 奥香の湯Type: Simple hot spring - 単純温泉Well Temperature: 35°C

Kurokawa Onsen

Japanese Name: 黒川温泉Prefecture: HyogoCity: AsagoAddress: 兵庫県朝来市生野町黒川457-1Category: Hot Spring FacilityWebpage:黒川温泉_(兵庫県)Price: ¥650Holiday: WednesdayHours: May-September 11:00-20:00 / October-April 11:00-19:00
Review:Hidden little hot spring facility located just under a dam in a very rural section of Hyogo. Very good spring. Sadly no cold or cool bath. Small and relaxing outdoor bath. There is bus service, buy a car is recommended. Very close to the OOO river and a great option after spending a day there playing.
Visit Date: July 2018 *Hot Spring Data*Spring Type: Simple alkaline spring - アルカリ性単純温泉Well Temperature: 29.1°C

Yofudo Onsen

Japanese Name: よふど温泉Prefecture: HyogoCity: AsagoAddress: 〒669-5135 兵庫県朝来市山東町森108Access: Zentan Bus from Wadayama StationCategory: Hot Spring FacilityWebpage: ¥700Holiday: See WebsiteHours: 11:00-21:00
Review:Lovely very rural hot spring along a river in Asago somewhat near Wadayama station. You will need to plan well to get the bus or drive here. Simple design with one large bath a small cold water bath and a dry sauna inside plus a large stone lined outdoor bath. The view from the outdoor bath of the surrounding forest is outstanding. The spring water is immediately noticeable and "squeaky" feeling on the skin. The spring water was also insanely clear. The family also loved the spring here and want to return and I hope we do. Visit Date: August 2020 *Hot Spring Data*Spring Type: Simple alkaline spring - アルカリ性単純温泉Well Temperature: 27.2°CTemperature Type: Warm spring - 低温泉pH: 8.6pH Type: Alkaline - アルカリ性Osmotic Pressure: Low - 低張性Well Name: Yofudo Onsen / よふど温泉