Yamabatoyu (Nara-ken)
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Entrance fee : 600 yens
Bathing time from 10:00 to 17:00
(closed on Wednesdays)
Located in a ryokan
Internet : Home page
Phone : 07465-4-0262
Adress : 639-3611
Maps : Mapfan - Google

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Spring information

Main spring : 39°C pH=6.6
Bath Temp : 39°C

Onsen in Nara-ken

Kongo no yu (Gojo)
Yamabatoyu (Irinoha Onsen (?))
Chikurin-in (Yoshino)
Taki no yu (Totsugawa)
Sakoya (Yoshino Onsen)

Other prefectures in Kansai


Other links

Some comments and chemical information on the onsen, in Japanese, as well as a couple of pictures

The outside bath is small - but with such an unusual water containing iron and lots of minerals; it is just above a lake


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Ratings   (explanation of our rating system)

Global rating :    
Literally lost in the mountains of Yoshino, close to a small lake, this small but nice onsen is famous for its special spring. an extremely mineralized one (more than 4 g of salt in 1 kg of water); the water is mostly containing sodium cation and bicarbonate anion, as well as 7 mg/kg of iron(II) - which is oxidized in the contact of air, leading to a red-brownish water.

Size :   
The inside bath is quite large, while the outside one - the most interesting - can easily host 6 people.

View :    
From the outside bath, located on a sort of balcony, a nice view on the nearby lake is offered.

Area :    
The Yoshino area, located in the center of Nara prefecture, covers the northern part of Kii Mountains and the areas along the Yoshinogawa river. The most famous spot is the Yoshinoyama mountain, which is literally covered with over 30,000 cherry trees - and often considered as the best place to enjoy hanami - cherry blossom viewing - in Japan. Kinpusenji temple, a huge wooden temple, is an important sanctuary on the mountain, and the starting point of a famous pilgrim. The whole area, which is barely visited by foreign tourists, is a great place to go for mountain and onsen lovers.


Another view of the lake, taken from the bath