The Kyushu region is well known for having many onsen (hot springs) locations. Here are 5 selected onsen locations which can be added to your plans for additional enjoyment when touring Fukuoka. Many of the following locations can be visited just to enjoy the onsen without having to stay as a guest of the facility, so please go and visit these various locations.
1. Hakata Onsen
Hakata Onsen, located within 20 minutes by car from Hakata Station, is a metropolitan onsen that flows to the Nakagawakahan area. The temperature of this hot spring is relatively high, and is known to work as a remedy for neuralgia and muscular pain. There are places like the public bathhouse Motoyu, Shimizuen, ryokan (traditional Japanese inn) with lunch available, and Fujinoen, which has a flowing open-air bath. Hakata Onsen can be easily reached from the main city, so it can be visited as a little break from shopping and walking around.
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2. Futsukaichi Onsen
Futsukaichi Onsen is a long-established onsen with its history recorded in the Manyoshu, a book of Japanese poetry published during the 7th to the 8th century. The water of this onsen is smooth and soft and has a sulfurous scent. This onsen is a 10 minute walk from JR Futsukaichi Station, which can be reached within 10 minutes by an express train from Hakata Station. Futsukaichi Onsen has three facilities that visitors can use at a reasonable price. Additionally, Futsukaichi is also a well-known tourist location for places like Dazaifu Tenmangu, where a deity of education is enshrined, and Buzo-Ji, the oldest temple in the Kyushu region. Why not visit these historical locations as well as enjoying the onsen?
3. Ureshino Onsen
Ureshino Onsen has a long history, confirmed by signed testimonies of its effectiveness written more than 1,300 years ago. Although it is located in Saga, it can be reached within an hour and half by train and bus from Fukuoka Airport.
The hot spring of this location has been designated one of the top three hot springs for beauty, and is said to improve one's skin condition. There are many facilities that offer onsen to day-trippers, and by using a 1,500 JPY 12-concession ticket, appointed facilities can be used at a reasonable price. Additionally, onsen yudofu (boiled tofu) is a specialty of Ureshino Onsen and is popular for its soft and creamy texture. Please try it when you visit Ureshino Onsen.
4. Yamaga Onsen
Yamaga Onsen, located in northern Kumamoto, can be reached within an hour from JR Shintamana Station, which is 40 minutes from Hakata Station by bullet train. This location is well known for Yamaga Toro Matsuri, a historical summer festival including a dance performance where the dancers wear golden lanterns on their heads. There are various onsen facilities, like an open-air bath for day-trippers and a private onsen. Above all, Sakura Yu, a beloved onsen of the early Meiji era that was revived using Japanese traditional construction methods, is superb. This is one of the facilities that we strongly recommend.
5. Chikugogawa Onsen
Chikugogawa Onsen, on the banks of Chikugo River, the largest river of the Kyushu region, is located between Fukuoka and Oita. This onsen can be reached within an hour and 10 minutes by an express bus. It is easily reached by car, as it only takes five minutes from the Haki interchange. The charm of this location is the sublime scenery of the area around the Chikugo River, where you can spot cormorant fishing during summer. Some facilities have onsen with a great view of the Chikugo River. There are many tourist locations like a fruit picking farm, and works of Ichinoseyaki (a type of Japanese pottery), nearby. Chikugogawa Onsen is especially recommended if you have a car.
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Please visit these onsen locations as they can be visited as a day trip from Fukuoka. The opening hours and regular holidays differ between facilities, so please confirm before visiting.
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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