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Japan Travel Guide - Tourist Information - Hot Springs - Tamatsukuri Onsen
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att.JAPAN Issue 48, September 2009

Tamatsukuri Onsen

Tamatsukuri Onsen Hot Spring Resort is one of the largest and oldest hot springs in Shimane Prefecture. It is also comparable to Kinosaki in Hyogo Prefecture, and Kaike and Misasa in Shimane Prefecture o the San-in area. There is a legend that a Japanese mythological deity, Sukunabikona, discovered this hot spring. It was opened during the Nara period (710 AD-794 AD).

The hot spring resort has a quiet, relaxed ambience. There are many hotels located along the Tamayugawa River. Many of them are luxury hotels built in “Sukiya-zukuri,” the traditional Japanese architectural style. There are also footbaths and bathhouses where visitors can drop by for a casual onsen experience. Tamatsukuri Onsen features a morning market offering seafood such as crabs in winter, as well as the famous “Seven Delicacies of Lake Shinji” (seabass, icefish, carp, eel, prawn, smelt and shijimi clam).

The water of Tamatsukuri Onsen is a mixture of sulfate and chloride spring water. As it is mildly alkaline, you can expect it to make your skin smooth and beautiful simply by soaking in the bath.

At the edge of the hot spring resort, you will find Tamatsukuriyu Shrine. In the precinct, there is a stone called “Negai-ishi” (the wishing stone), and it is reputed that when you touch the stone and make a wish, that wish will be granted. This shrine is one of Shimane Prefecture's popular spiritual attractions.

The Tamatsukuri Onsen Hot Spring Resort offers luxurious hot spring bathing as well as many sightseeing opportunities, providing convenient and easy access to Matsue Castle, Lake Shinji, Izumo Taisha Shrine, and Adachi Museum.



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