“Ooboke Iya-Onsen Hot Spring Area” in Tokushima Prefecture is a place called “One of the three mysterious lands of Japan” alongside Shirakawa-go area of Gifu and Shiiba village of Miyazaki. The roads pass so as to cling to the valley of the cliff. “Hotel Iya Onsen” looks like it floats in the air in the deep Iya valley where the mountain stream can not be seen. From the room of the hotel, it makes you feel like you am looking at the scenery from the sky.
One of the reasons why this hotel is loved from all over the world is this hot spring. First of all, it is fun to get to the hot spring. It goes down to the place just under the ravine riding on a dedicated cable car from the inn. This is quite exciting. While enjoying the scenery of the unexplored area, the cable car slowly descends to the valley floor. You can arrive at the outdoor bath in about 10 minutes.
Further impression is that “hot spring” is very mysterious. You can taste the feeling of mildness at the moment you step in hot water. It will be amazed by the feeling like an essence. Scent of sulfur drifting softly. This hot spring is a lukewarm water with a source temperature of 38.0 degrees and slightly warmer than body temperature. This is kind of gentle to the body and will be healed. Spring quality is simple sulfur hot spring, alkaline with pH 9.1. The sulfur component is a mixture of ion type and gas type, total sulfur quantity is 4.1 milligrams. If it is 2 mg / kg or more, it is a numerical value recognized as a medical fountain with a fountain quality name of sulfur spring. It promotes the blood circulation promotion of sulfur, and it gets warmer even with lukewarm water.
“Iya Onsen” located in Miyoshi-shi, Tokushima is the hot spring which is famous as one of the Japan’s three biggest unexplored hot spring with Niseko Yakushi Onsen of Hokkaido, Yachi Onsen of Aomori. It is called unexplored hot springs and it is not so easy to go. However, there is one and only hot spring hotel which is worth going specially.
The Iya Onsen is in the place for about 30 minutes by car from nearby the Ohboke station. The Iya Onsen has a free transportation service from the station to the hotel for their guests. From a station, a mountain path is gone up intently. Although it comes out to the area where a hotel and a residence spread on the way, the destination is still the point.
In fact, there is no open-air bath, which you expect, inside a hall. You need to ride on the cable car and to go into the bottom of the valley under about 170 meters from the hotel.
The inclination of the cable car is 42 degrees. The unparalleled view from a big window heaps up expectation.
The outdoor bath of the luxurious view which was made to protrude to the Iya Valley. The voice of a bird or an insect and the little stream of a river relieve the tiring heart. The wind blowing through the ravine touches to the skin burning with fever gently.
Day-use bathing can also be performed till 18:00. The hotel guest can enjoy an outdoor bath until 21:00 (as for the winter season 19:00). Let’s enjoy hot spring relaxedly while looking at a shadow of shaking trees and starlit sky.
|Name:||Hotel Iya Onsen (Hot Spring)|
|Address:||Ikedachomatsuo(iyaonsen、matsumoto367-28) Miyoshi, Tokushima 778-0165 Japan|
|Access:||JR Dosan-sen Line “Ohboke-eki Station” (30 minutes by car)|
|Price:||“Accomodation reservations” or “Day-use reservations” are available.
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