Miki City - 三木市

Yokatan

Japanese Name: よかたんPrefecture: HyogoCity: MikiAddress: 兵庫県三木市吉川町吉安222Type: Supersento w/ natural hot springWebpage: http://www.76-2401.com/Price: ¥600Holiday: Monday (Unless Monday is a holiday)Hours: 10:00-22:00
ReviewA very unique hot spring feeds the beautiful baths here in rural Miki. The carbon dioxide spring is one of the rarest and strongest of it's type in Japan. You cannot spend too long in the hot spring baths here because of the carbon dioxide being emitted by the spring water. Signs posted all over the baths say don't stay in for more than a few minutes at a time. The problem is that there is so much carbon dioxide coming off the water you don't breath in enough oxygen and can faint.Besides that the gasses that could kill you, the water feels great. The landscaping in the outdoor area is beautiful. There are also private family baths here, also rare in Hyogo, for ¥4,000 an hour. Be aware that the laws governing baths are stricter in Hyogo than in other prefectures. Their website says if you want to use this bath with your wife and or children under 10 you have to bring your health insurance card that lists both of your names, and or your drivers licenses which show you living at the same address. We weren’t asked for either.
Hot Spring DataWell Name: Yokogawa Onsen - 吉川温泉Type: Carbon dioxide spring - 二酸化炭素泉pH: 6.25Type: Neutral - 中性Well Temperature: 36.5Type: Hot spring - 温泉Osmotic Pressure: High - 高張性

Yu-an

Japanese Name: 湯庵Prefecture: HyogoCity: MikiAddress: 兵庫県三木市別所町西這田566−2Type: Supersento w/ natural hot springWebpage: http://www.yu-an.com/Price: ¥785 (Weekends & Holidays: ¥850)Holiday: NoneHours: 10:00-24:00
ReviewFar away from much of anything is this gem of a supersento. Yu-an was in the featured section of one of the 2008 edition onsen magazines. Thank to an extended weekend holiday at my work years ago I rented a car and made the 1 hour drive to Miki to find this place. It was well worth the drive. I knew I was out of the city when I entered as shoe locker didn't require ¥100, nor did the girls working the front assign me a locker. I could take whatever one I wanted once in the changing room. The restaurant, massage, and warm stone sleeping areas all looked great, but the high point of this onsen was its brown, clay rich outdoor bath with TV. The TV was situated so that if you wanted to ignore it you wanted. I enjoyed watching the opening scene "Vertical Limit," a cheesy Hollywood film about rock climbers, while cooling off on a big boulder. Access is a bit hard by public transportation so driving there is recommended. Keep in mind that the sign showing the turn off to get there from Route 20 is very poorly lit. I recently returned and really enjoyed the extra hot bath.
Hot Spring DataWell Name: Yu-an - 湯庵Type: Carbon dioxide sodium chloride carbonated cool spring with iron - 含鉄(II)・二酸化炭素-ナトリウム-塩化物・炭酸水素塩冷鉱泉pH: 6.4Type: Neutral - 中性Type: Cold spring - 冷鉱泉Osmotic Pressure: Isotonic - 等張性