Welcome to Yunomine, Watarase & Kawa-yu Onsen
These three onsen are among Kansai's best, each with its own distinct character and conveniently located to each other. The picture-perfect village of Yunomine (湯峰温泉), said to be one of Japan's first onsen towns, is nestled around a rapidly flowing, narrow river in a wooded valley, with onsen in small ryokan and public baths. Watarase Onsen (わたらせ温泉), between Yunomine and Kawa-yu, is basically one large onsen operation, with a bathing complex surrounded by large inns, while Kawa-yu (川湯温泉) lives up to its name: river-hot water. Onsen water flows from beneath the river into the stones that make the riverbed, and visitors carve out their own baths!