Misasa-onsen Hot Spring
World-class radium spring water which is also has positive effects when it is drunk
It is said "staying three nights and three mornings at Misasa Onsen (three mornings hot spring) will cure any disease." It is one of the best hot-spring resorts in Sanin, with traditional inns standing side by side on the banks of the Mitoku River. Its stone-paved main street is lined with souvenir shops, restaurants and shooting galleries, which create an atmosphere of an old-fashioned hot-spring town.
This resort is proud of its radium spring water, which contains a high level of radon. Radon is a slightly radioactive gas produced by the decay of radium. The radon content in this hot spring is among the highest in the world. It is believed to speed up the metabolism of the body, leading to an improvement of the immune system and natural healing powers. Drinking the spring water is also beneficial because it is rich in minerals. Therefore, many guests come here for a long stay with the aim of curing and recuperating the body.
The source of this hot spring is at the foot of an old camphor tree just outside the center of town. It is now used as a public bath called "Kabuyu." Kawara-buro, a public bath on the bank of Misasa River is another notable spot. This is a simple bath in full view from outside with only a basic changing room, but it is always full of people bathing in comfort while listening to the murmuring of the nearby brook.
Address: Misasa, Misasa-cho, Tohaku-gun, Tottori
Phone: 0858-43-0431 (Misasa Onsen Tourist Association)
Directions: Train: Take the Hinomaru Bus for Misasa Onsen or for Mitokusan for 22 minutes from Kurayoshi Station on the Sanin Main Line(2 hours and 50 minutes from Shin-Osaka Station), and get off at Misasa Onsen
Car: 3 hours and 30 minutes from Suita Interchange on the Chugoku Expressway