When most people hear Kintaro Onsen they would imagine that it is in Kanagawa Prefecture where Ashigarasan is at, or where Kintaro was born in Shizuoka Prefecture. But it is a big surprise that it is in the Hokuriku area of Toyama Prefecture. The onsen is located in Uozu City famous for its mirages. It is an onsen that makes your skin smooth and gives people energy.
Give your hard working self a gift of a luxuriously comforting bath in a sulfate onsen from the Tateyamarenpo mountain range and feast on the freshest fish from Toyama bay.
A 100% straight from the source onsen
Why is Kintaro Onsen in Toyama’s Uozu City? It’s because at this onsen you can be as energetic as Kintaro himself at least that’s the thought behind it.
It is a chloride spring that also makes your skin smooth as can be with the mixture of a sulfur spring. It is a very rare type of hot spring in Japan.
Also because of its 75 degree Celsius temperature and its high concentration it is effective in treating ailments. That’s why many flock here from around the country as well as being popular with the locals.
Another thing is the painting in the large 972sqm bath house is impressive as well. It is painted by Asakura Isokichi recognized as a Person of Cultural Merit. Here you can relieve your fatigue while viewing this work of art as you bathe.
Of course there is a visitor bath for those day trippers. That is called Carna no Yakata. This Carna is the ancient roman goddess of health. Here is another part of Kintaro Onsen where they theme of getting reenergized is apparent.
The water changes color!
Depending on the time or air temperature the color of the spring water is different. There is a large garden outdoor bath as well as a jet bath, and many other baths that you can enjoy a different look of by the season.
3 years in a row it has been in the top 250 popular onsen inns and hotels
Every year the Kankokeizai Shimbun (Tourist industry news) holds the 250 most popular onsen inns and hotels ranking, and Kintaro Onsen has been on this list the last 3 years.
This isn’t just a popularity poll. They choose the best onsen destinations from the tourist industry’s pros point of view. It is valuable and authoritative data that is taken to promote domestic tourism.
They analyze what the tourists look for in an onsen inn or hotel and based their findings on those in order to promote tourism to those areas.
An onsen that makes your body happy
Kintaro Onsen has oxidation reduction properties by reducing free radicals and is said to have anti-aging properties as well.
The water type is sodium sulfat, and calcium chloride (hydrogen sulfide type). Its properties are said to heal wounds, burns, skin afflictions, low blood circulation, nerve pain, ladies diseases, rheumatism, back pain, anemia, and constipation.
There is also a leisure pool!
There is a large party space as well as a convention hall for all types of events called Gaia.
There is also a Karaoke bar, and a night spot called Gold Queen for the adults to enjoy.
In the summer the pool area is filled with children’s laughter and screams of joy.
To get here take the Uozu IC on the Hokuriku Jidoshado expressway and it is a 10 minute drive from there. If you make Kintaro Onsen the base of your operations, there is the Uozu Buried Forest Museum as well as the Uozu Aquarium that you can enjoy. Also there is the Kurobe Gorge Railway where you can ride in a Tram car and see the beauty of the gorge. It is especially beautiful during the fall leaf change.
Take the Tateyamakurobe Alpen route to view the mirages in the early spring around the Tateyamarengo mountain range. Also you can visit the Unesco World Heritage site Historic Villages of Gokayama.
There are many things around Kintaro Onsen for you to enjoy. If you are up for it make it almost like a second home while you visit all the different sites all around the area.
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