Yakushima is blessed with several onsen or natural hot springs. They range from the deluxe hotel based baths to the free outside natural hot rock pools. So should you get the urge to strip off with a bunch of complete strangers, here's where to go.
This new artificially heated hot bath is in Yakushima Comprehensive Nature Park and can be reserved up until 4pm.
Opening hours: 12am to 7pm
Price: 400 yen
This is part of an exclusive hotel opposite the airport. The bath includes use of a relaxation room with comfy massage chairs. The water is partly artificially heated though (at 26℃, so it's not as authentic as it seems).
Opening hours: 10.30am to 10.30pm
Price: 1,500 yen
Another exclusive hotel. It's on the clifftop and there are great views of the sea from the huge onsen windows. There's a small outdoor section and all equipment - towels, soap, shampoo - are provided. Again partly artificially heated though at 35℃.
|The onsen ticket machine|
Price: 1,000 yen adult / 500 yen child
The onsen is at the start of one of the mountain trails which is really useful for on the way back. It has a foot bath outside for tired hikers, should you not wish to reveal all. It is run by a spectacularly unfriendly woman and the bath is rather basic - you need to bring everything with you and can also get busy as it is free to use for Onoaida residents. It is however natural and piping hot (50℃ ).
Opening hours: 7am (12pm on Mondays) to 9pm
Price: 200 yen adult / 100 yen child
Opening hours: Depend on the tides - you can find more details at Tides in Yakushima
Price: Free but a 100 yen donation is requested
You need to choose your time to take this onsen. There is a strict rule that bathers have to leave their clothes a few metres from the bath which can be embarrassing depending on who is around. Ladies should come equipped with a thin white towel to wrap around.
Price: 100 yen (in a donation box)
This onsen has more privacy and the male and female section has a bamboo screen between. There are toilets and changing rooms at the carpark.
There are several more natural and not so natural hot baths in the Yakumonkey Guide to Yakushima