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Kawayu Onsen

Hongucho, Tanabe, Wakayama Prefecture
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Great location

The contrieside is wonderful. The mountains and the river... amazing. And then there is this small... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
sigsiko
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Osaka, Japan
Steaming hot bath and crystal clear cold river to enjoy

It’s awesome to soak in the outdoor onsen and then take a dip in the river. The water is pristine... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Jane S
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Issaquah, Washington, United States
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Hongucho, Tanabe, Wakayama Prefecture
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The contrieside is wonderful. The mountains and the river... amazing. And then there is this small hot spring directly at the river side and for everyone free to use.

Thank sigsiko
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It’s awesome to soak in the outdoor onsen and then take a dip in the river. The water is pristine! We wore our bathing suits and robes from our inn across the river. I could have stayed there all day. Such a beautiful place with...More

Thank Jane S
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This public bath is permanently dug into the streambed on the far side of the river from the Kawayu village and is easily reached using a pedestrian bridge. It's mixed gender, so swim suits are recommended, but be aware that it's not unusual to encounter...More

Thank Jeffrey D
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Reviewed 31 October 2017

The best way to enjoy the outdoor river onsen at Kawayu Onsen is by staying overnight in one of the Japanese style lodges (minshuku/ryokan) along the river so we can simply walk across shortly to the river. If you prefer privacy the best time is...More

2  Thank GabyVM
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Reviewed 19 September 2017 via mobile

This place is a great experience for the whole family. You can use a spade and dig your own Onsen bath! Be careful where you step as it can be quite hot where the hot spring water comes to the surface. Even the ducks seem...More

1  Thank lolikia
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Reviewed 29 May 2017

Beautiful forested river with various hot spots bubbling up. There is a permanent bath that is free and open the public along with several spots down stream where people have built temporary pools from stones along the edge of the river. Make sure to test...More

1  Thank GenghisRon
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Reviewed 12 May 2017

If staying in Kawayu, why not try the hot onsen out open in the river bed ?! Just walk over in your yukata, get across the bridge, down those slippery stairs and into the hot bath. I actually ran a few times switching dips between...More

1  Thank Dirk W
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Reviewed 14 April 2017 via mobile

After 22km hiking three mountain passes in the rain on the Kumano Kodo, this was a perfect end to the day. I'm sure it would be good without that lead-up! It's a beautiful spot accessed by one of two footbridges- try the low one if...More

2  Thank Andrew C
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Reviewed 30 December 2016

It never occurred to me that construction works will be ongoing at Senninburo over my period of visit, due to heavy rains. There is nothing in the area if not for Senninburo, and I do not think an hour's bus ride one way (making it...More

1  Thank yuppies
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Reviewed 1 December 2016

Spent a happy hour soaking in the sennin buro ("thousand-man bath") in the river, which is formed by damming part of the river in winter. Great scenery and friendly locals! BYO towels though!

1  Thank AmberMari
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nnh54
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Response from Campogordo | Reviewed this property |
I think those lakes are located in Hokkaido. This river is in Nara Prefenture. Regards
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