Ukenokuchi Onsen "Ukenokuchi Kyodo Yokujyo"

Ukenokuchi Onsen "Ukenokuchi Kyodo Yokujyo"

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 With  Kimio Ono  who runs a museum nearby, in his home

With Kimio Ono who runs a museum nearby, in his home

Ukenokuchi Onsen Kyodoyu

We visited Ukenokuchi Onsen "Ukenokuchi Kyodo Yokujyo" in Ukenokuchi Tano, Kokonoe-machi, Kusu-gun, Ōita. “Uke” (筌 in Japanese) is the name of a fishing tool. According to Kimio who runs a museum nearby, this hot spring was opened to the public in the Meiji period when it was contributed to the village.

Ukenokuchi Onsen Kyodoyu

This is the reception. It is unstaffed on weekdays, and some members of the local union attend on weekend.

Ukenokuchi Onsen Kyodoyu

The dressing room is simple. There are only compartments.

Ukenokuchi Onsen Kyodoyu

The bathroom is very big and the bathtub is big as well. It is filled with yellow hot spring water. The water is a little bit hot, but contains a rich amount of minerals. Also, the touch is exceptional.

Ukenokuchi Onsen Kyodoyu

The main composition of the water is iron and sulphur ions. It is said the water treats burn injury, surface wounds, and neuralgia. Also, drinking the water can be good for stomach flu. Some visitors come from a long distance to Ukenokuchi Kyodoyu attracted by these health benefits.

Ukenokuchi Onsen Kyodoyu

On the day we visited, there were many visitors. From the left to right, Hayao from Takachiho, Saburo from Shimonoseki, Hisao from Kokonoe, Syosuke from Kumamoto, and Koreichi from Kumamoto. Four out of five people came from prefectures other than Oita. They all were satisfied with this bath.

Ukenokuchi Onsen Kyodoyu

He is Kimio who runs a museum nearby Ukenokuchi Onsen Kydoyu. He is knowledgeable about the local history and published some books about the history of the Iida area in Kokonoe.

Ukenokuchi Onsen Kyodoyu

These are the trilogy written by Kimio. He is now 90 years old but still searching and writing something every day. That is amazing.

Ukenokuchi Onsen Kyodoyu

Ukenokuchi Onsen is explained in his book. If you have an interest, you can visit the museum to read it.

Ukenokuchi Onsen Kyodoyu

This is the painting of the museum. According to Kimio, a painter visited here and left this painting some years ago.

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INFORMATION

Name: Ukenokuchi Onsen "Ukenokuchi Kyodo Yokujyo"

Address: Ukenokuchi Tano, Kokonoe-machi, Kusu-gun, Ōita

Tel: 0973-76-3150

Access (Car): 1 hour 8 min from the centre of Oita City. 1 hour 11 min from the Oita airport

Parking Lot: None (Use a parking at Shinseikan, it costs JPY 200)

Opening Hours: 24/7

Closing Days: Not specified

Price: JPY 200

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