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Hitoyoshi Onsen Motoyu

9 Fumotomachi, Hitoyoshi-shi, Kumamoto 人吉温泉 元湯


A traditional bath house that welcomes locals and travelers

This friendly public bath house is located near the Hitoyoshi Castle Historical Museum, a popular sightseeing spot in the onsen town of Hitoyoshi.

Established in 1933, the old building with a traditional Japanese architecture seems like a place where time has stood still. Once you enter, you’ll find a bandai counter where you pay the bathing fees. You can also buy towels and soap if you need them, or borrow keys for the lockers.

The simple bath area features a single central bath tub which overflows with spring water flowing vigorously from the spout. The high flow volume ensures that the bath water is fully replaced in just over 1 hour.

The onsen is a sodium-bicarbonate-chloride spring. It has a slightly alkaline quality that is gentle on the skin. A soak here will smoothen your skin and keep your body warm.

The spring source has a slightly high temperature of 48℃, so some water is added to make it more suitable for bathing. However, the spring water flows continuously and is not recirculated.

There are no faucet or shower stalls for washing, so you should use a plastic washbowl to take water from the tub and pour it on your body. Make sure to return the washbowl and chair to their original place after using.

This place lets you experience a bath in a retro atmosphere with a history of over 85 years. The brightly lit room and spacious bath tub also help create a relaxing environment.

This bath house is frequented by the locals, but it is also great for travelers looking to relax after a long journey. The regular patrons may even strike a friendly conversation with you.


Indoor bath
Hair dryer (20 yen per use)
Parking: 20-30 slots
[Bathing Fees]
Adult 200 yen
Child 100 yen
Infant 50 yen
■Amenity Sales
Hand towel 150 yen
Shampoo 30 yen
Bar soap 20 yen
9 Fumotomachi, Hitoyoshi-shi, Kumamoto Prefecture
Jan 1
Hitoyoshi Onsen Motoyu
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  • Address: 9 Fumotomachi, Hitoyoshi-shi
  • City: Kumamoto
  • State/county: Kyushu
  • Zip/Postal Code: 868-0051
  • Country: Japan


Updated on November 7, 2019 at 8:36 am

  • Price: ¥200
  • Property Type: Onsen
  • Property Status: All tattoos accepted


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