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Kawayu Onsen

Honmiya-cho, Tanabe, Wakayama Prefecture
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An Authentic Experience for Free

The best way to enjoy the outdoor river onsen at Kawayu Onsen is by staying overnight in one of the... read more

Reviewed 31 October 2017
GabyVM
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Jakarta, Indonesia
Interesting Onsen Experience

This place is a great experience for the whole family. You can use a spade and dig your own Onsen... read more

Reviewed 19 September 2017
lolikia
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singapore
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“hot bath” (2 reviews)
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Honmiya-cho, Tanabe, Wakayama Prefecture
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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

1  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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Reviewed 25 May 2016

When describing this place to friends and co-workers, I was met first with scepticism (that something so nice actually existed) and then with extreme envy - it's that kind of place. As everyone else has described, you sit in a hole in the stones of...More

2  Thank Anna J
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Reviewed 28 January 2016

There are hot springs on river bed. If you can dig a hole on river bed, you can make your own buth tab instantly. It is very hot so mix with river water. It is recommendable to wear swimsuits, though some Japanese people take off...More

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Reviewed 11 January 2016

This hot springs is different from most because it is in a cold river. You sit in an area where hot water comes from springs under the ground. We wore swimsuits (this is not usually the case in Japan), but noticed some local residents not...More

Thank Guntsdad
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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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