Yubara-onsen Hot Spring
Renowned suna-yu (sand bath) on riverside
Hot spring flowing constantly from the source on a riverbed
Known as "Bijin-no-yu (beautiful woman's bath) without need of soap," Yubara Hot Spring is one of the Yubara Onsengo consisting of five hot-spring resorts of Maga, Taru, Goroku, Shimoyubara and Yubara from the upstream to downstream of the Asahi River. The resort has had abundant hot waters (1750 liters per minute) through the ages, which gave it the name Yubara (field of hot water.)
The famous open-air mixed bathing area right below the Yubara Dam is named "suna-yu (sand bath)," because hot water gushes blowing up sand on the riverbed. The unspoiled natural open-air hot bathing area representing western Japan attracts many people. It is available free of charge for 24 hours (closed in the morning of Wednesdays and the morning of the first Friday of every month.) About 60 people of inns and stores serve as coaches to teach the right way to enjoy Yubara Hot Spring and its effects so that people can use it free from anxiety even if it is their first experience. You can fully enjoy bathing in natural landscape of the season-looking at colored leaves in autumn and snow in winter, for example.
Municipal Yumoto Onsen-kan is equipped with sauna, Jacuzzi and family baths to enjoy hot spring in a relaxed manner. They say the water is good for nerve pain, sore muscles, joint pain, fatigue, feeling of cold, motor weakness, bruise, chronic digestive disorder, chronic skin diseases and hemorrhoids and makes skin beautiful, for example.
Address: Yubara Onsen, Maniwa City, Okayama
Phone: 0867-62-2526 (Yubara Tourist Information Center)
Directions: Train: 34 minutes by Maniwa Community Bus for Yubara Onsen or Hirusen Kogen from Chugoku Katsuyama Station on the JR Kishin Line (4 hours from Shin-Osaka) to Yubara Onsen or; 2 hours and 30 minutes by bus from Okayama Station on the Sanyo Shinkansen (50 minutes from Shin-Osaka) to Yubara Onsen (change buses at Katsuyama Chutetsu bus center.)
Car: 5 minutes from Yubara Interchange on the Yonago Expressway