The Origin of Iyaonsen
Long ago, the Heike Clan battled and lost to the Minamoto Clan,
and they are said to have escaped to Iya.
The surroundings in Iya, with its steep mountains,
has a holy atmosphere that has caused the area
to be known as the "Tibet of Japan".
The Iya Valley has always had hot spring water.
When the Heike Clan came,
they are said to have used the baths for health purposes.
There used to be hot spring water coming to the surface
in many places along the Iya Valley, and even now,
the name "Furonotani" (the valley of the bath) remains today in regional place names.
Hot Spring Type
The water has a slippery, soft quality.
This texture is a characteristic of alkaline hot spring water.
This type of water helps soften outer skin layers and gently washes away dead skin cells.
The hot spring water is gentle on skin because it is an alkaline water with a good balance of minerals.
It helps to improve the skin's natural healing abilities, promoting beauty from the inside out.
|Hot Spring Type||Simple alkaline sulphur hot spring|
|Composition||Contains sulphur as well as potassium, chlorine, calcium, carbonate, and more.|
|Effects||Effective in aleviating nerve pain, rheumatism, external wounds, and women's health issues. Promotes beauty and recovery from fatigue.|
The hot spring water at our hotel is free-flowing straight
from the source for our guests to enjoy, which is rare for Shikoku.
The volume of hot water is such that we can keep it flowing freely.
The white mineral deposits floating in the bath make the water cloudy,
but this is proof that the water is coming straight from the source.
The open-air bath juts out over the river,
where bathers can enjoy soaking with the murmer of the flowing river water as background music.
Enjoy a pleasant moment as your body is enveloped in tiny bubbles
from the champagne-like spring water.
A cable car will take guests to the open-air bath at the bottom of the valley.
The degree of the incline is 42 degress and
it takes about five minutes to descend the 170 meters.
Along the way one can enjoy a panoramic view of the valley.
The open-air baths, one for men and one for women,
have been constructed as to protrude along the the Iya river.
They flow with an abundance of hot spring water.
Enjoy a luxurious moment in one of Japan's most remote areas,
viewed from the cable car.
The chirping of little birds echoes from the depths of the forest, and the glossy green and jade of the river's surface gently soothes your senses.
Entrust yourbody to the clear spring water for a moment of bliss.
Soft light plays on the water's gently wavering surface.
Open-air bath "Seseragi-no-yu" and "Keikoku-no-yu"
will be altered for men and women every day.
Until recently, Seseragi-no-yu was exclusively for women and Keikoku-no-yu was for exclusively for men.
Starting from July 29, 2016,
the Seseragi-no-yu and Keikoku-no-yu baths alternate for men and women every day.
Overnight guests can enjoy different views in the morning and the evening
due to this bath switching system.
*Day-use guests will only have the opportunity to try one bath. Thank you in advance for your understanding.
Hotel guests / 7am - 9pm *Closes at 7pm in winter (January 4 to end of February)
Day use / 7:30am - 6pm *Last entry is 5pm
Includes cable car ticket, open-air bath, and indoor bath.
Hotel guests / Free
Day use / Adults: 1,700 yen Children: 900 yen
Beside the open-air bath for men and women, there is a private open-air bath that can be reserved for a fee.
Here, guests can relax even more knowing that they will not be disturbed.
Ask at the front (0883-75-2311)
After enjoying the open-air bath, guests are welcome to lounge here on the bank of the Iya River.
Spend a relaxing moment listening to the wind in the trees and the flowing river water.
The large bath is open 24 hours a day except for 1 hour between 10:30 AM and 11:30 AM when it is closed for cleaning.
One for men and one for women.
11:30am - 10:30am the following day
Adults: 600 yen Children: 300 yen
Don't swim or run in the bath.
As a general rule,
people with tattoos are not
allowed in the bath.
Don't put towels in the bath.
Don't enter the bath wearing
a bathing suit.
Avoid bathing directly
after eating or drinking.
Tie up long hair
so it doesn't trail in the bath.
Dry your body
before entering the changing room.
Pour water over your body
before entering the bath.