Tsuboyu hot spring bath

Tsuboyu hot spring bath

Fancy taking a hot spring bath in a UNESCO World Heritage site?

There is just one hot spring bath that is a designated UNESCO World Heritage site; it's called Tsuboyu and it sits in the centre of Yunomine Onsen. Tsuboyu is a tiny stone bath in a small cabin overhanging the town's little river. Only two people can fit into the bath at one time so it's a popular choice for couples.  
 
The small town of Yunomine Onsen is one of the oldest hot spring resorts in Japan. It's played an integral part in the Kumano region's 1,000 yen pilgrimage tradition. After a long journey pilgrims stopped at Yunomine Onsen to perform purification rituals using the natural hot springs before heading on to worship at Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine.

Tsuboyu hot spring bath

located in Yunomine Onsen

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Interested in this Experience? It is included in this tour:

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    Kumano Kodo Five-Night Module (Advanced Hiking)

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    A challenging five-night walking module introducing the ancient trails of the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage network.

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