Yunoyama onsen at the base of Mount Gozaisho (1212m) in Mie Prefecture is an easy day trip from Nagoya for those in search of some hot, healing spa waters during the cold season.
Legend has it that the hot springs were discovered in the 8th century by hunters who spotted deer enjoying the hot water. Situated in Suzuka Kokutei Park, the small spa village has a number of Japanese-style inns or ryokan, where you can spend the night or just pop in during the day to take the waters.
Bath charges range from around 500 yen to 1,000 yen for entry to the baths at the various hotels, many of which have rotemburo or outdoor pools.
Here are a list of some of the options:
Otel do Maronie (059 392 3210) 1000 yen for adults; 500 yen for children
Hotel Yunoki (059 392 2141) 800 yen for adults; 400 yen for children
Kuranosuke (059 392 2509) 800 yen for adults; 400 yen for children
Shikanoyu (059 392 2141) 1000 yen for adults; 3-500 yen for children
Irodorikoyo (059 392 3135) 525 yen for adults
Yunoyama Onsen can be reached in just over an hour from Nagoya Station by Kintetsu Railway (830 yen). Change at Yokkaichi and take the Yunoyama Line to Yunoyama Station. From there, there is an infrequent bus up to the spa (260 yen), taxi (over 1000 yen) or a 30 minute walk uphill.
Alternatively, there are direct Mie Kotsu buses from Nagoya Station (1280 yen) to the resort. Buses leave Nagoya at 7.52am (Weekends), 8.28am, 9.12am & 10.34am. The last bus back to Nagoya is 5.15pm. Other bus times back from Yunoyama are 2.15pm, 3.15pm and 4.15pm.
Besides the onsen resort, the surrounding area is also popular with hikers and skiiers. The longest cable car in Asia, the Gozaisho Ropeway, ferries people up to the summit for spectacular views on a clear day. Hiking to the top is around 2 to 3 hours' walk.
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