Yakushima Island, Japan 1st UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Hirauchi Kaichu Onsen is located at the south of Yakushima Island, Kagoshima. Being one of Japan’s first UNESCO World Heritage sites, Yakushima is famous for its over 2,000 years old Jomon sugi, the oldest and largest among the old-growth cryptomeria trees.
Hirauchi Kaichu Onsen Outdoor Bath
Yakushima is blessed with several natural hot springs and Hirauchi Kaichu Onsen is one of them. The Hirauchi Kaichu Onsen is a natural hot spring along the rocky shore. This mysterious onsen is only accessible twice a day, for a few hours, and only during low tide. While soaking you can hear the waves which makes you feel close to nature.
Things you Need to Know About Hirauchi Kaichu Onsen ♨️
(i) Mixed-gender baths
(ii) Swimsuits are not allowed
The Hirauchi Kaichu onsen cost 200jpy per entry. There are 3 bathing pools to soak from (i) foot bath; (ii) small pools (iii) large pools. Before soaking, please follow the onsen etiquette to wash yourself before entering the onse. Changing rooms are not provided, so make sure to bring a plastic bag to put your clothes and leave it on the rocks while enjoying your onsen.
How to Get There 🚙
Local busses in Yakushima are restricted, so it is advisable to go for self drive instead.
Nearby Place to Stay
1. Yakushima South Coast House
2. Yakushima Deaf Farm
3. Ananda Chillage Yakushima
Usually onsen that we went to are built within a closed area no matter indoor or outdoor. However, Hirauchi Kaichu Onsen is something different where you are soaked among the rocky stones facing the sea. Consider including this place in your next visit to Yakushima Island, Kagoshima.
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