Yoshimatsu Onsenkyo "Tsurumaru Onsen"

Yoshimatsu Onsenkyo "Tsurumaru Onsen"

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 With the owner Ritsuko Miyauchi, at the entrance hall

With the owner Ritsuko Miyauchi, at the entrance hall

Tsurumaru Onsen, appearance

We visited Yoshimatsu Onsenkyo "Tsurumaru Onsen" in Tsurumaru, Yusui-cho, Aira-gun. Tsurumaru Onsen opened in 1966, it has 50 years of history.

Tsurumatu Onsen, reception

Ritsuko's husband Tsutomu welcomed us at the reception. He had been managing a small theatre company for 20 years, he used to dance on the stage of local inns (ryokan).  We felt his behaviour is still sophisticated and aesthetic.

Tsurumaru Onsen, dressing room

This is the dressing room. As you can see, it is aged and really simple. Sixteen doors out of twenty-four are lost. Anyway, if you like bathing, it would not matter. 

Tsurumaru Onsen, bath

The design of the bathroom is very unique. You can see colourful wall painting, curved bathtubs, and moor hot spring (moor hot spring contains plant-origin ingredients unlike regular hot springs) with coke-like colour. Also, you can enjoy bathing with the jazz music in Tsurumaru Onsen. The left bathtub contains warm water and the other contains hot water.

Tsurumaru Onsen, faucet

There are 2 faucets. One is for the water from the hot spring source, and the other is for the cold water. You can adjust the temperature using these two faucets. The hot spring source was dug in 1963, the water is pumped up from 200 meters below the ground. 

Tsurumaru Onsen, bather

A frequent bather Tsukasa (the name of the man in the picture) has been using Tsurumaru Onsen for over 30 years. They say the water treats skin diseases and surface wounds.

Tsurumaru Onsen, open-air bath

There is also an open-air bath. As this bath only contains the water from the hot spring source (no cold water added), the temperature is high and the colour is darker. Be careful when you soak in this open-air bath, it is really hot.

Tsurumaru Onsen, faucet

The faucet of the open-air bath. You can see depositions piled in the basket.

Tsurumaru Onsen, station

There is the Tsurumaru station of the JR Kitto line close to Tsurumaru Onsen. It only takes one-minute walk.

Tsurumaru Onsen, station

It is a one-track desolated station. We love it. 

Tsurumaru Onsen, shrine

This is Sugawara Shirine.

Tsurumaru Onsen, owner

She is the owner Ritsuko. She says the best way to enjoy Tsurumaru Onsen is to soak only waist-deep in the water for 10 minutes. It makes you feel your body relax. Also, she says, if there are no other bathers, you can lie down on the floor and pour the water over your body as you like. That is relaxing as well.

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INFORMATION

Name: Yoshimatsu Onsenkyo "Tsurumaru Onsen"

Address: 622-5, Tsurumaru, Yusui-cho, Aira-gun, Kagoshima

Tel: 0995-75-2828

Access (Car): 1 hour 3 min from the centre of Kagoshima city. 32 min from the Kagoshima airport

Parking Lot: 50

Opening Hours: Daily 06:00 - 21:00

Price: JPY 200

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