Gojo City - 五條市

Kongo no Yu

Japanese Name: 金剛乃湯Prefecture: NaraCity: GojoAddress: 奈良県五條市新町2丁目1−33Access: Yamato-Futami Station / 大和二見駅Type: Hot Spring FacilityWebpage: http://www.riversidehotel.co.jp/hot-spring/Price: ¥700Holiday: First Tuesday of the MonthHours: 10:00-23:00
ReviewKongo no Yu has absolutely incredible water and its well worth the drive or the train trip to get to it. Rural onsen and supersento like this one are a gamble. Sometimes it's so-so, but sometimes you find a gem like this one. It’s also close to a train station making it more accessible for people without a car. Kongo no Yu is in the parking lot behind the Riverside Hotel that owns the onsen. Guests at the hotel can use the bath for free. The front and relaxing areas are fairly basic but well appointed with some toys for little children and good selection drink vending machines. Make sure to use the restroom before entering the changing room as there isn't one on the naked side of the baths. Besides some beautiful tables there the front and relaxing areas aren't anything really to talk about, the baths however had a lot of thought and planning put into them. The cold water bath (normal city tap water) is made of wooden slats and has an inviting handcrafted feel to it. The main indoor spring water filled bath was originally made with wood that shows through at parts but is mostly covered in mineral build up from the water. The bath drains into a gutter filled with small egg-sized black rocks which are also caked in the brown minerals. In the large shallow stone rotenburo the once ragged stones have been made smooth by the spring water depositing all its good stuff coating the rocks. This water is good. It's slippery smooth once you get in, so slippery it was hard to pick up my baby! The spring water has a milky-brown color, is semi-opaque and well heated. It’s just amazing spring water here. Try to check it out if you can make it this far from the city.
Hot Spring DataType: Bicarbonate spring - 炭酸水素塩泉Type: Neutral - 中性Well Temperature: 28.4Type: warm spring - 低温線Osmotic Pressure: high - 高張性