Popular Hot Springs in Shimane and Tottori, Japan

January 08, 2018

Popular Hot Springs in Shimane and Tottori (San'in)

Hot springs in Shimane and Tottori have long been loved by people in Japan. This region attracts many visitors for its hot springs, fresh crab, and Kagura (Shinto theatrical dance).  The famous Tamatsukuri Hot Spring was voted the best hot spring in Japan according to the “Hot Spring Vote 2016”.  Women particularly enjoy hot springs that help make their skins smooth and beautiful.  Let’s relax and enjoy hot spring heaven in San’in.

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Hot Springs for Beauty and Beautiful Skin

[Shimane] Tamatsukuri Hot Spring

Tamatsukuri Hot Spring

Chosen as best in Japan according to the “Hot Spring Vote 2016” for its excellent hot spring water quality and medical effects, this hot spring is also popular for its beauty benefits for skin.

[Address] Tamatsukuri, Tamayu-cho, Matsue-shi, Shimane
[Telephone Number] 0852-62-3300 (Matsue Tourism Association Tamatsukuri Hot Spring Branch)
[Detail] https://www.sanin-tourism.com/en/todo/197.html


[Shimane] Mimata Hot Spring

Mimata Hot Spring

This hot spring is known as “Bijin-no-yu” (hot spring for beauty) and is famous for its skin-smoothing effect.

[Address] Oibara, Kanagi-cho, Hamada-shi, Shimane
[Telephone Number] 0855-42-1233 (Hamada City Kanagi Branch Industry Division)
[Detail] http://www.mimataonsen.com/ (*Only available in Japanese)


[Shimane] Okuizumo Beautiful Skin Hot Spring Village

Hinokami Hot Spring

The promising effect includes skin lightning and whitening. This hot spring is popular among women to get clear, smooth skin.

[Address] Okuizumo-cho, Nita-gun, Shimane
[Telephone Number] 0854-54-2260 (Okuizumo Tourism and Culture Association)
[Detail] http://www.okuizumogokochi.jp/3930 (*Only available in Japanese)


[Tottori] Sekigane Hot Spring

Sekigane Hot Spring

Located near the prefectural border with Okayama, this hot spring is known as one of the most famous radium “Bihada-no-yu” (hot spring for beautiful skin) in Japan.

[Address] Sekiganeshuku Sekigane-cho, Kurayoshi-shi, Tottori
[Telephone Number] 0858-45-3737 (Sekigane Hot Spring Tourism Information)
[Detail] http://www.tottori-tour.jp/en/sightseeing/800/


Superb View Hot Springs

[Shimane] Araiso Hot Spring

Araiso Hot Spring

This hot spring is located by the rocky coast of the Sea of Japan. You can enjoy a panoramic ocean view from large public baths as well as outdoor baths with waves crashing onto the shore.

[Address] 1019 Nishihirahara-cho, Masuda-shi, Shimane
[Telephone Number] 0856-27-0811
[Detail] http://araisokan.com/ (*Only available in Japanese)


[Shimane] Sanbe Hot Spring

Sanbe Hot Spring

This hot spring is located in highlands where one can see the view of fog rolling down the mountain range in the early morning. The view is mysterious and magnificent.

[Address] Shigaku, Sanbe-cho, Oda-shi, Shimane
[Telephone Number] 0854-88-9950 (Ohda City Tourism Association)
[Detail] http://www.ginzan-wm.jp/ (*Only available in Japanese)


[Tottori] Kaike Hot Spring

Kaike Hot Spring

The Kaike hot spring is the largest hot spring area in San’in and offers views of the Sea of Japan and Mt. Daisen. Its beach that overlooks the Sea of Japan bustles with sea bathers in summer.

[Address] Kaike Onsen, Yonago-shi, Tottori
[Telephone Number] 0859-34-2888 (Kaike Hot Spring Inns Association)
[Detail] https://www.sanin-tourism.com/en/todo/189.html


[Tottori] Hawai Hot Spring and Togo Hot Spring

Hawai Hot Spring

Two hot spring sites are located on the west and south shore of Lake Togo. The hot springs on the lake and lakeside offer superb views of the lake in every season.

[Address] Yurihama-cho, Tohaku-gun, Tottori
[Telephone Number] 0858-35-4052 (Hawai Hot Spring and Togo Hot Spring Inns Association)
[Detail] http://www.tottori-tour.jp/en/sightseeing/1059/


Hot Springs Where You Can Enjoy Kagura and Crab

[Shimane] Arifuku Hot Spring

Arifuku Hot Spring

This hot spring is known as “Bijin-no-yu” (hot spring for beauty) and is popular for its skin-smoothing effect. The hot spring town of Arifuku with a retro charm hosts Iwami Kagura every Saturday night.

[Address] Arifukuonsen-cho, Gotsu-shi, Shimane
[Telephone Number] 0855-52-0534 (Gotsu City Tourism Association)
[Detail] https://www.sanin-tourism.com/en/todo/218.html


[Shimane] Asahi Hot Spring

Asahi Hot Spring

This hot spring is located in the mountainous region and is famous for its “Bijin-no-yu” (hot spring for beauty). Kagura is performed every Saturday night from September to November. Fireflies can be seen in summer.

[Address] Kida, Asahi-cho, Hamada-shi, Shimane
[Telephone Number] 0855-45-0321 (Asahi Hot Spring Inns Association / Asahi Inn)
[Detail] http://asahionsen.net/ (*Only available in Japanese)


Iwami Kagura
Kagura (ancient Shinto music and dancing) was originally dedicated to the local deity by a priest at the autumn festival every year to give thanks for a bumper crop. The kagura in the Iwami district in the western part of Shimane Prefecture is characterized by a splendid faster tempo dance and more gorgeous costumes than regular kagura.
>> The detail of Iwami Kagura


[Tottori] Tottori Hot Spring

Tottori Hot Spring

This hot spring is a rare kind to be located in the center of the prefectural capital with good access from Tottori Station.

[Address] Imaichi, Shikano-cho, Tottori-shi, Tottori
[Telephone Number] 0857-22-3318 (Tottori City Tourism Information Office)
[Detail] http://www.torican.jp/spa (*Only available in Japanese)


[Tottori] Hamamura Hot Spring

Hamamura Hot Spring

This seaside hot spring has an abundance of water with a 500-year history. At Japanese-style inns you can enjoy fresh Matsuba crab and local fish.

[Address] Katsumi, Ketaka-cho, Tottori-shi, Tottori
[Telephone Number] 0857-82-0829 (Ketaka-cho Tourism Center)
[Detail] http://www.tottori-guide.jp/tourism/tour/view/29 (*Only available in Japanese)


World Heritage and Japanese Heritage Hot Springs

[Shimane] Yunotsu Hot Spring

Yunotsu Hot Spring

The area flourished as a harbor to send off silver from the World Heritage Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine. Therefore, this is the only hot spring district to be listed as a World Heritage Site in Japan.

[Address] Yunotsu, Yunotsu-cho, Oda-shi, Shimane
[Telephone Number] 0855-65-2065 (Ohda City Tourism Association Yunotsu Branch)
[Detail] https://www.sanin-tourism.com/en/todo/214.html


[Shimane] Tsuwano Hot Spring

Tsuwano Hot Spring

Tsuwano, Little Kyoto in San’in was designated as a Japanese heritage site in 2015. Why don’t you enjoy a relaxing time at this hot spring after enjoying a stroll in town ?

[Address] Tsuwano-cho, Kanoashi-gun, Shimane
[Telephone Number] 0856-72-1771 (Tsuwano Tourism Association)
[Detail] http://tsuwano-kanko.net/ (*Only available in Japanese)


[Tottori] Misasa Hot Spring

Misasa Hot Spring

This is a world-famous radium hot spring. It was designated as a Japanese heritage site in 2015 along with a nearby national treasure, Nageiredo at Mt. Mitoku.

[Address] Misasa, Misasa-cho, Tohaku-gun, Tottori
[Telephone Number] 0858-43-0431 (Misasa Hot Spring Inns Association)
[Detail] https://www.sanin-tourism.com/en/todo/183.html


[Tottori] Daisen Hinotake Hot Spring Goenyuin

Daisen Hinotake Hot Spring Goenyuin

You can enjoy bathing in the light of beacon fire. Beautiful sceneries such as autumn leaves in fall and snow in winter can be seen from the outdoor baths.

[Address] 25 Daisen, Daisen-cho, Saihaku-gun, Tottori
[Telephone Number] 0859-48-6801
[Detail] http://www.goenyuin.com/ (*Only available in Japanese)


Outdoor Baths Where You Can Enjoy Snow Scene and Stars

[Shimane] Tachikuekyo Hot Spring

Tachikuekyo Hot Spring

This hot spring offers a view of the valley and cliff.  You can also enjoy bathing in outdoor bath while watching twinkle stars in summer, autumn leaves in fall, and snow in winter.

[Address] Tachikue, Ottachi-cho, Izumo-shi, Shimane
[Telephone Number] 0853-53-2112 (Izumo City Tourism Association)
[Detail] http://www.kankou-shimane.com/ja/spa/detail/3932 (*Only available in Japanese)


[Shimane] Muikaichi Hot Spring

Muikaichi Hot Spring

Enjoying outdoor bath while gazing at the open sky and beautiful mountains might be one of the best ways to unite your soul with nature.

[Address] Arii, Yoshika-cho, Kanoashi-gun, Shimane
[Telephone Number] 0856-77-3001
[Detail] http://yurara2000.com (*Only available in Japanese)


[Tottori] Shikano Hot Spring

Shikano Hot Spring

After enjoying a stroll in town to explore history, you can enjoy a relaxing time at a hot spring or try a footbath in this quiet castle town surrounded by mountains.

[Address] Imaichi, Shikano-cho, Tottori-shi, Tottori
[Telephone Number] 0857-22-3318 (Tottori City Tourism Information Office)
[Detail] http://www.torican.jp/spa (*Only available in Japanese)


Secret Hot Springs

[Shimane] Chihara Hot Spring

Chihara Hot Spring

This is a traditional therapeutic bath where you can enjoy hot spring water gushing out from the bottom. The source water flowing directly into a footbath is quite rare in Japan.

[Address] 1070 Chihara, Misato-cho, Ochi-gun, Shimane
[Telephone Number] 0855-76-0334
[Detail] http://www.chihara-onsen.jp/ (*Only available in Japanese)


[Tottori] Iwai Hot Spring

Iwai Hot Spring

There is a unique custom called “Yukamuri”, pouring hot water over the body while singing and hitting water with a scoop. The hot spring town has a great retro atmosphere.

[Address] Iwai, Iwami-cho, Iwami-gun, Tottori
[Telephone Number] 0857-72-1515 (Iwai Hot Spring Inns Association)
[Detail] http://www.tottori-tour.jp/en/sightseeing/778/


For more information on hot springs in this region.

Shimane Area
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