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Tamatsukuri Onsen

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Tamatsukuri Onsen

Popular for its beautifying effects, the Tamatsukuri Onsen was first mentioned in an ancient book written over 1300 years ago. It mentions that, “the hot spring water rejuvenates your skin from the first soak, and any diseases are healed on the second.” For this reason, it is called “the baths of the gods”. The onsen is located along the Tamayu River in the mountains, easily accessible from central Matsue. It is an excellent attraction for travelers interested in the tranquil side of Japan.

Onsens are generally known for its dermatological properties, but Tamatsukuri’s hot spring water is among the best in Japan. Its minerals remove dirt in your skin, supply moisture, and improve elasticity. Visitors can enjoy a free foot bath, and even take home some of the water for its cosmetic use. Eighteen hotels and Japanese ryokans are built along the river, some even accept day spas. The area also has high quality souvenir shops and cafes.