Yamadera Kósen

Yamadera Kósen

With the owner  Hisao Tanimoto , in front of the entrance

With the owner Hisao Tanimoto, in front of the entrance

Yamadera Kosen, signboard

We visited "Yamadera Kósen" in Kamiharaigawa-chō, Kanoya which is located at the foot of Mt. Takakuma.

Yamadera Kosen, appearance

This is the building, you can find it at the back of the parking space. The building was built 30 years ago.

Yamadera Kosen, owner

The owner Hisao welcomed us with a big smile at the reception. His smile relieved us.

Yamadera Kosen, dressing room

There are no lockers in the dressing room. It is very simple, there are some boxes for putting your clothes.

Yamadera Kosen, bath

The bathtub is filled with brown-coloured water. The original water gushing from the cool spring source is transparent, however, as the water contains rich iron ion, the colour changes to brown as the result of oxidation. The owner says the water also contains rich sulfate and it is good for surface wounds.

Yamadera Kosen, faucet

The cool spring water, which is approx. 20°C (68°F), is heated up using a heavy oil boiler. The water flowing out of the faucet is really hot, so the owner says, if the bath is too hot, you can add cold water to adjust the temperature. He also says, sometimes "Hot bath" people and "Warm bath" people have a disagreement in the bath, but he cannot help it. Please make sure to ask other bathers in advance if you want to adjust the temperature.

Yamadera Kosen, bather

Mitsugu (the name of the man in the picture) is 80 years old and comes to Yamadera Kósen everyday with his wife. He recommended us to take the hot bath and cold bath one after the other. We tried it, and it was actually really good!!

Yamadera Kosen, owner

The owner Hisao and his dog Rin-chan. He says "Although Yamadera Kósen has only 40 years of history, the cool spring source might be opened in the Kamakura or Heian era (1100 - 1300)." According to the local folklore, Kūkai spent some days in this region, and he only went to the places where the pure and clear water existed. Hisao guesses that the cool spring existed in the Kūkai's age, and he took a bath with the same water as Yamadera Kósen in a long time ago.




Name: Yamadera Kósen

Address: 8775-4 Kamiharaigawa-chō, Kanoya, Kagoshima

Tel: 099-444-8312

Access (Car): 1 hour 28 min from the centre of Kagoshima city. 1 hour 7 min from the Kagoshima airport

Parking Lot: 20

Opening Hours: 13:00 - 21:00 (last entry at 20:30)

Closing Days: Every Tuesday, New Year Holidays

Price: JPY 390

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