Shirakigawachi Onsen "Asahiya Ryokan"

Shirakigawachi Onsen "Asahiya Ryokan"

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 At the entrance, with the manager  Toru Takarai  and the cat ' Shima '

At the entrance, with the manager Toru Takarai and the cat 'Shima'

asahiya ryokan, appearance

We visited Shirakigawachi Onsen "Asahiya Ryokan" in Izumi. The lodge was build about 40 years ago, by the current manager Toru's father.

asahiya ryokan, manager

This is a picture of Toru and Shima (cat). Toru keeps another cat called "Somari", however, unfortunately he didn't make his appearance during our visit.

asahiya ryokan, rocker

This is the dressing room and the locker. As the door cannot be locked, we recommend you to keep your valuables in your car, or bring them with you while bathing.

* Note that the bath is shared with "Sanso." (See the next article)

asahiya ryokan, first bath

This is the first bath, which is reputed as "Doctorless" water. It is said that the water is good for skin diseases. The slightly green-coloured water is little-bit thickened, and the quality is glorious. The manager said that the thickness changes by seasons.

asahiya ryokan, water source

The water comes from between the rocks on the wall, so it is really fresh. There are about ten faucets. The temperature is approx. 42 °C (108 °F) in summer. In winter, the temperature little bit decreases because the rocks are chilled.

* Note that the bath is shared with "Sanso." (See the next article)

asahiya ryokan, bather

We met Shigeru during our visit. He came this onsen for the first time in 70 years. We was a junior high school student when he came here last time. He enjoyed the bathing with the memory of his younger age.

asahiya ryokan, second bath

This is the second bath. The water comes from between the rocks and is very fresh as the same as the first bath. The second bath is located close to the river, that makes the water tend to be cooler than the first bath.

* Note that the bath is shared with "Sanso." (See the next article)

asahiya ryokan, manager

According to the manager Toru, the recommended seasons are spring and autumn, and the specialty of the water is its thickness. When he was a child, he always wondered if the soap was washed off or not.

asahiya ryokan, shrine

There is a tiny shrine in front of the lodge.

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INFORMATION

Name: Shirakigawachi Onsen "Asahiya Ryokan"

Address: 5002, KamiOkawauchi, Izumi, Kagoshima

Tel: 099-668-2812

Access (Car): 1 hour 45 min from the centre of Kagoshima city. 1 hour 17 min from the Kagoshima airport.

Parking Lot: 12

Opening Hours: Daily 06:00 - 21:00

Price: JPY 150

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