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Region
Kyushu
Island
Kyushu
Largest City
Saga
Population
876,664

Ureshino Onsen

Treat yourself and take a dip in a traditional Japanese hot spring in Saga Prefecture

By Elizabeth Sok

Tucked away in the southwestern part of Saga Prefecture, Ureshino is a small town known for its onsen (hot springs) and green tea. Famed for the waters that run beneath its surface and harnessed into the town’s hot springs, Ureshino has long been synonymous with high-quality onsen.

Alongside Kitsuregawa in Tochigi Prefecture and Hinokamiso Onsen Okuizumi-cho in Shimane Prefecture,  Ureshino has earned a reputation as one of the top three hot spring areas for beautifying your skin due to the high concentration of sodium bicarbonate in its alkaline waters. According to many visitors, these waters will leave your skin feeling silky smooth and rejuvenated.

The town has many onsens to choose from including ones for pay-per-use and others for overnight stay only, as well as a variety of outdoor and indoor hot springs.

Siebold-No-Yu

Ureshino Public Hot Spring (Siebold's Bath)

Photo by: PIXTA/ kazukiatuko The iconic red roof.

One of the most famous onsen is Siebold-No-Yu which is named after a German doctor and scientist who visited the area in the early 19th century. While researching Japanese flora, Siebold took a break in Ureshino and sampled the onsen, taking note of the incredible waters in which he soaked.

Today, in an old-fashioned European-style building topped with a distinctive red roof, visitors can experience for themselves what the doctor recognized nearly two centuries earlier. At ¥400 for adults and ¥200 for children, this is one onsen that shouldn’t be missed!

Chagokoro no Yado Warakuen

Ureshino Public Hot Spring

Photo by: PIXTA/ papa88 Foot bath anyone?

For a unique onsen experience that marries two of Ureshino’s most famous things, check out the green tea bath at Chagokoro no Yado Warakuen. In this open-air hot spring, visitors are able to soak in Ureshino tea-infused waters for a memorable dip.

Yudofu

yudofu

Photo by: PIXTA/ wifineko A healthy addition to your Japanese meal.

While tofu is a common fixture in Japanese cuisine and can be found in many dishes, including miso soup, nabe and more, Ureshino has its own unique take: yudofu.

Served in a ceramic bowl, yudofu is tofu boiled in hot spring water from Ureshino. The high alkaline content of the region’s water and the tofu’s basic components come together to produce a soft and silky texture and a cloudy appearance. Although it can be eaten as is, it’s also common to top yudofu with grated ginger and green onions.

For a well-known offering, pay a visit to the centrally located Souan Yokocho restaurant which is allegedly the birthplace of the famous dish.

Things To Know

HOURS AND ONSEN USAGE

Hours: Depending on the specific onsen, the hours of operation vary. Be sure to check ahead of time which ones would be best for your visit.

Using the onsen: There is a general set of rules when using the onsen, including washing yourself before entering the bath and not getting your towel wet. Also, tattoos are still considered taboo for many onsens. 

How To Get There

Address

By train

 Ureshino-Onsen station is a shinkansen (bullet train) stop on the Nishi Kyushu Shinkansen Line.

Where To Stay

Ureshino Onsen Taishouya
  • 2276-1 Ureshinomachi Shimojuku, Ureshino-shi, Saga, 843-0301 Japan
  • ¥17,600 - ¥35,200
  • 4.64/5 (902 reviews)
  • 0.2 km
Hotel Sakura Ureshino
  • 1021 Ureshinomachi Shimojuku, Ureshino-shi, Saga, 843-0301 Japan
  • ¥15,300 - ¥36,900
  • 0.3 km
Ureshino Onsen Ryokan Oomuraya
  • 851 Ureshinomachi Shimojuku, Ureshino-shi, Saga, 843-0301 Japan
  • ¥41,030 - ¥153,720
  • 4.12/5 (341 reviews)
  • 0.3 km
Ureshino Onsen Hotel Kasuien
  • 333 Ureshinomachi Iwayagawachi, Ureshino-shi, Saga, 843-0304 Japan
  • ¥14,300 - ¥75,460
  • 4.21/5 (1,695 reviews)
  • 0.4 km
Ureshino Onsen Yadoya Uchiroji
  • 932 Ureshinomachi Shimojuku, Ureshino-shi, Saga, 843-0301 Japan
  • ¥10,450 - ¥76,890
  • 0.4 km

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