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Yumura Onsenkyo Hot Spring Resort
Natural hot springs have bee loved by Japanese people since ancient times, for being not only relaxing and refreshing but also benefiting health and beauty. Here in Kofu, the long and distinguished history of the Yumura Onsenkyo hot springs dates back 1,200 years; the legend says the area was discovered by Kukai (also known as Kobo-Daishi), the Japanese monk who established the Shingon sect of Buddhism, when he struck the ground with his walking stick, causing a hot spring to gush out. This well-known resort is known to have been frequently visited by prestigious 16th century Japan warlord Takeda Shingen, famous ukiyo-e printmaker Hokusai, and a number of acclaimed Japanese writers –among which Dazai Osamu– who would often come on a retreat to focus on their writing. The premises are home to a variety of hot spring inns where visitors can enjoy Yamanashi's incredible natural surroundings from the comfort of open air baths and gardens. Don't want to stay the night? The resort welcomes day visitors looking for a short soak as well. Be sure to ask for a "Yumura-Tegata" pass to enjoy the hot spring baths of Yumura Onsenkyo to the fullest, for a discounted price!Show Details