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Sōunkyō Onsen/Japan

Introducing Sōunkyō Onsen

The national park's second major gateway is Sōunkyō Onsen on its northeastern edge. Sōunkyō is a nice base for forays into the park's interior, and there are some impressive natural attractions in the area that are worth seeking out between dips in the hot springs.

The town has ATM facilities, restaurants and a couple of convenience stores, though if you are heading out into the backcountry, you'd be better to organise supplies before coming. There is no petrol station.