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Yuda Onsen

According to local tales, an injured white was fox found cured in the waters of Yuda Onsen around the 12th century. From then on, Yuda Onsen has gained popularity for its healing alkaline water, and thus is home to a wide list of ryokans and hotels most of which offer guests the chance to relax in these legendary waters. Although it is a little off the beaten path, we highly recommend at least a one-night stopover at Yuda Onsen during a tour of Yamaguchi Prefecture.

Index

  • Where to stay

  • Visiting Yuda’s onsen

  • Nakahara Chuya Memorial Museum

  • Inoue Park

  • Free foot baths

  • Where to stay

    Where to stay

    Where to stay

    Yuda Onsen is technically part of Yamaguchi City and it is a good idea to use it as a base for exploring the sites around this area. But before heading out you’ll need to find a place to stay and for that we recommend Kamefuku Hotel. Offering a blend of Japanese and western-style accommodation, this classic hotel is located right in the centre of the onsen town, and through its Yume No Yu onsen facility, you’ll get a chance to try out 12 different types of hot springs baths, all decorated with various colorful characters including the famous white fox or the turtle from which the hotel takes its name. If you’re not a seasoned onsen visitor, a private bath can be reserved and shared for you and your family members.

  • Visiting Yuda’s onsen

    Visiting Yuda’s onsen

    Visiting Yuda’s onsen

    Beyond the hotel, exploring this town is mainly about onsen experiences, especially its foot onsens. One place that cannot be missed is the tourist centre and foot bath also known as Kitsune no Ashiato, or the Fox’s Footprint. At this cool looking building visitors can, for a small fee, try out three different foot baths of which the highlight is at the center of the complex replicating a rocky stream surrounded by nature. Whichever foot bath you decide on, the experience is best enjoyed when accompanied by a coffee or better yet one of the local sakes.

  • Nakahara Chuya Memorial Museum

    Nakahara Chuya Memorial Museum

    Nakahara Chuya Memorial Museum

    For those looking to add a stint of culture to their visit in Yuda Onsen, right across from the Kitsune no Ashiato is the Nakahara Chuya Memorial Museum and one of the most stylish buildings in town. The museum pays tribute to Nakahara Chuya, a Showa Era poet who gained fame for his work Goat Songs and has recently inspired a character in the anime Bungo Stray Dogs. If you’re curious to learn more about this local legend or simply appreciate some beautiful architecture, this museum is well worth the visit.

    Nakahara Chuya Memorial Museum

    Nakahara Chuya Memorial Museum

  • Inoue Park

    Inoue Park

    Inoue Park

    Not far from the memorial museum is Inoue Park. Built in memory of Kaoru Inoue, Japan’s first Minister of Foreign Affairs and another local hero, the park is great for a morning stroll under the sun. At the southern end of the park visitors can enter inside a replica building dedicated to Meiji Era statesman Sanetomi Sanjo and view the gardens from the comfort of a tatami room without time constraints.

  • Free foot baths

    Free foot baths

    Free foot baths

    At the northern edge of Inoue Park, an outdoor foot baths awaits passersby for a quick dip and relaxation session under the sun all in the company of yet another fox sculpture. The foot bath onsen is free and accessible from 10am to 10pm. If you can’t get enough of Yuda’s foot baths, there are two more of these baths not far from Inoue Park. Of these, one is located right outside the Yuda Onsen Tourist Information Center where travelers can also get assistance finding a last-minute hotel room. Once you are all onsened out, hop on the local train and head to Yamaguchi City for a round of sightseeing not far down the road.

    Yudaonsen
    Address
    Yamaguchi Pref. Yamaguchishi Imaichou
    Phone
    Hotel Kiraku
    Address
    4-4-3 Yuda Onsen, Yamaguchi-shi, Yamaguchi Prefecture
    Phone
    083-922-7000

    2019/04/03Check-in (2 persons per room)※Nightly fee per person Update date:2019/03/20

    Kitunenoashiato
    Address
    Yamaguchi Pref. Yamaguchishi Yudaonsen 2-1-3
    Phone
    0839218818
    Nakahara Chuya Memorial Museum
    Address
    Yamaguchi Pref. Yamaguchishi Yudaonsen 1-11-21
    Phone
    0839326430
  • Inoue Park
    Address
    Yamaguchi Yamaguchi Yudaonsen 2-5
    Phone
    0839010150
    Yamaguchi City Hall Yudaonsen Tourist info center Tokoro
    Address
    Yamaguchi Pref. Yamaguchishi Yudaonsen 2-chome 1-23
    Phone
    0839010150
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