Kyomachi Onsen "Sanroku Onsen"
We visited Kyomachi Onsen “Sanroku Onsen” in Mukae, Ebino, Miyazaki. Although “Sanroku” means “Mountain foot” in Japanese, it is not located at the mountain foot. The street in front of Sanroku Onsen is called Sanroku Street, that’s why this onsen is named as Sanroku.
She is the manager Nobuko, Sanroku Onsen is operated by her and her husband. They live in a house next to the bathhouse, stop by the house to pay the entrance fee before using the bath. They also offer hotel accommodations, sometimes they have guests from Tokyo.
This is the dressing room, only boxes are equipped, no compartments are available. You can keep your clothes in a box.
There is a simple square bathtub in the bathroom, the tub is filled with moor hot spring which is slightly brown-coloured. In the Kyomachi area, you can see a lot of moor hot springs. The water is really hot, but the water is soft and you will be refreshed after bathing. According to Nobuko, the locals don’t like warm bath, they prefer hot bath.
This is the faucet. The water used to naturally rise up from the ground without any artificial devices, however, now it is pumped up using a device. The original temperature is 57°C (134.6°F). It is said the water is good for neuralgia.
They are frequent bathers Sadatoshi (left) and Torakichi (right). Sadatoshi comes to Sanroku Onsen almost every day and Torakichi comes exactly every day. As Nobuko says, they actually prefer hot bath. As the water is hot, most of the visitors just take a short soak.
Sanroku Onsen is located close to the Kyomachi Onsen station, and has been running from 1961. It has been loved by the locals, we saw a lot of people coming during our interview. Nobuko and her husband greet them with a smile and enjoy chatting with them. Sanroku Onsen is filled with a friendly atmosphere.
Name: Sanroku Onsen
Address: 583-1 Mukae, Ebino, Miyazaki
Access (Car): 1 hour 11 min from the centre of Miyazaki City. 1 hour 7 min from the Miyazaki airport
Parking Lot: 30
Opening Hours: Daily 07:00 - 20:00
Price: JPY 350