Minami-Izu town can be reached in about 3 hours from Tokyo. The town’s hot spring village Shimokamo Onsen boasts the biggest amount of water in the entire Izu peninsula. At one of the inns, “Hana no Omotenashi Nanraku”, you can enjoy a total of 25 different pools which use 100% freely-flowing hot spring water. There are indoor and outdoor baths, as well as private baths for families and couples and other pools with an original design. This place is a real paradise for hot spring lovers. Let me introduce you the wonders of “Hana no Omotenashi Nanraku” where your dreams will come true!
A place where you’ll forget about your daily worries
As you step inside “Hana no Omotenashi Nanraku”, you’ll enter a tranquil nostalgic world of sunken fireplaces and giant iron pots. In fact, this inn’s building is a renovated former farmhouse from the Edo period. It’s a place which keeps the old spirit of Japan.
The smell of the wooden interior and the fireplace might appear nostalgic even to you. Stay in this lovely inn and enjoy its variety of different hot spring pools.
Enter the family pool as many times as you want
The first area in “Hana no Omotenashi Nanraku” that I’d like to introduce is called “Shimokamo Onsen village”. Here you can enjoy for free a total of 17 different private baths which use freely-flowing hot spring water from 10 sources. Feel free to enter as long as they’re not occupied and enjoy bathing with your family. Of course, you can go by yourself too! There are no time limits and you can relax without being disturbed by anyone.
The large “Kujo no Yu”
Those who are confused about which pool to enter should try “Kujo no Yu”! It’s a rather big and private indoor bath that can fit a total of 5 people. There is also a cypress-tree wooden open-air bath too.
“Kujo no Yu” is the largest private bath in “Hana no Omotenashi Nanraku”. It’s a great pleasure to enter alone and have it all for yourself.
The largest bath “Jinbei no Yu”
My next recommendation is “Jinbei no Yu”. It’s the biggest bath at the inn and consists of 4 pools: a cypress-tree pool, a ceramic pool, a health-treatment pool, and an open-air pool. You can spend enough time trying all of them so even if you only visit “Jinbei no Yu” it would be a worth trip. The bath is so large that I couldn’t get all the pools into one photo. The ceramic pools you can see on the photo are actually 6 in total and are just big enough to fit one person. With the exception of the health-treatment pool all others are outside under the sky! You’ll feel very relaxed and refreshed here!
The wide open-air bath
This is “Miya no Yu”, a large bath which actually consists of an open-air pool and an indoor pool. Just like “Jinbei no Yu” it can be entered by men and women in changing shifts.
The hot springs at “Hana no Omotenashi Nanraku” are salty and rich in chlorides. The water is good for treating gastrointestinal disorders and skin problems which makes this inn popular among female visitors. In fact the local staff even produces salt by boiling down the water! You can watch this unique salt-production process at the main hall where they use a large iron pot. The salt made using the pot is sold as a souvenir gift at the inn’s shop.
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“Hana no Omotenashi Nanraku” has a total of 25 different pools which use freely-flowing hot spring water from 10 sources! You can take a walk from this inn along Aonogawa River and enjoy the annual festival of the southern sakura and rape blossoms held in February-March near the river. You’ll see many blossoming sakura cherry trees!
You can reach “Hana no Omotenashi Nanraku” by train and bus. Take a train from Tokyo to Shimoda for about 2 hours and 40 minutes. Then a bus will pick you up at Shimoda Station and you’ll reach the inn in about 15 minutes. Relax and enjoy your time touring the hot spring pools of this fantastic place!
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