About Kawaji Hot Spring
Kawaji Onsen is a hot spring town near the confluence of the Kinugawa River, which flows upstream from Nikko City, Tochigi Prefecture, in the Kanto region of Japan. It is said that during the Edo period, after a flood caused by a rainy spell of weather receded, people found hot springs gushing out at the bottom of the river, which later became Kawaji Onsen.
Kawaji Onsen still retains the quiet and peaceful atmosphere of a hot spring retreat, where visitors can enjoy the extremely comfortable hot spring in the quiet environment of the valley while admiring the beauty of the stream in all seasons, allowing their tired bodies and minds to completely relax.
Kawaji Onsen is effective for neuralgia, muscle pain, joint pain, shoulder pain, motor paralysis, stiff joints, bruises, sprains, chronic digestive disorders, hemorrhoids, body cold, and other diseases, and is especially useful for recovery from injuries and illnesses. “This has been said since ancient times. In recent years, about 10 inns and hotels have been built in rows along the streams of the Onuka River in the hot spring area, making it very convenient for visitors to stay and eat.
How to get there
By bus from Kawaji Onsen Station
This hot spring resort is located in a valley where the Kinugawa and Oga Rivers converge. Located in a quiet mountainous area, you can feel the atmosphere of a hot spring resort. It is said that the hot spring was discovered when the Oga River, the upper reaches of the Kinugawa River, overflowed during the Kyoho Period in the Edo Period.
It was popular as a hot spring resort for travelers on the Aizu West Highway. It was also known as “Kawaji” for wounds and “Taki” (Kinugawa River) for burns, and was used as a therapeutic hot spring bath because it was believed to be good for abrasions and other wounds. The hot spring water is alkaline simple spring water and is said to be effective for rheumatism, neuralgia, and wounds.
Visitors can enjoy the gentle flow of the Oga River while bathing in the hot spring, and enjoy a leisurely stroll along the promenade that has been developed along the mountain stream.