At Naruko Hot Springs you can experience practically all of the different varieties of Japanese hot springs. Isn't that amazing?
Naruko Hot Springs is such a famous spot for hot springs that there is almost nobody in Japan who doesn't know of it.
It has an old history, and it is said that water started springing from this land more than 1200 years ago. Since then, Naruko Hot Springs has lived through the ages and has been continually loved by people.
If we take a look at its history, we see that Matsuo Bashō, probably the most famous Haiku poet in all of Japan's cultural history, visited these hot springs, and it was here that he wrote his masterpiece of travel literature, "Oku no Hosomichi".
For a long period of our history these hot springs have been well known, and they have played an important role in many cultural and literary creations.
And the special characteristic of Naruko is, above all, the rich variety and high quality of its waters.
Japanese hot springs are divided into 10 varieties depending on the types of minerals in the water and of their chemical compositions.
Naruko has 8 of these types of hot spring, and this makes it a very rare location in Japan.
If you come to Naruko, you will be able to try out different kinds of hot springs and feel for yourself the effects they each have on your skin.
Because of its richness in water quality, Naruko is also called the "hot spring department store", and prospers as one of Japan's representative hot springs.
Lately, it is not as active as in the past, but this allows you to bask in a more relaxed part of rural Japan, and enjoy the hot springs in a calmer atmosphere.
When you enter into the hot springs under such an atmosphere, all your daily fatigue and stress simply dissolve.
A talented poet who
perfected the Haiku form
of Japanese poetry. His representative work, "Oku no Hosomichi", is a masterwork of Japanese classic literature. In those days, the Tohoku region of Japan was still relatively unknown, and he walked through it for 150 days, about 2400 km, all the while keeping a written record of his journey. He encountered many people and places on his travels, and he also included these mental and emotional encounters into his travel diary. He wrote it all in Haiku form in his "Oku no Hosomichi", and it is now engraved into Japanese history as one of the great poetry classics. Not only that, but it has also been translated into many languages, starting with English, and helped this particularly Japanese form of poetry, the Haiku, to become well known around the world.
Those who know it, know it well: the cloudy sulphur spring
It is used by people with predisposition toward allergies or dermatitis
It is the most well known out of all of Naruko's hot springs
What are the conditions for a good hot spring?
There are people who like a hot spring which warms their bodies.
There are those who like a hot spring which relieves their pain.
There are those who like a hot spring which makes their skin look pretty. In their own ways, they all are looking for a good hot spring.
Each person has different reasons for wanting to find a hot spring, and there is no single right answer.
However, there are certain conditions which must be fulfilled in order for a hot spring to be good.
That is, that the water must be fresh.
A hot spring is a living thing. You can think of it as a fish or a vegetable.
In the same way that a fish needs to be fresh in order to taste good, a hot spring also has this same quality to it.
Just like vegetables which have been harvested in the morning, which are bursting with vitality, a fresh hot spring allows you to feel the energy of the earth.
A true hot spring is bright and fresh, and that is precisely its way of "tasting good".
The conditions for a place to be a good hot spring spot, is that many fresh hot springs flow from that area. And yet, there are sadly very few places like those.
But Naruko is one of them.
And not only that, but it contains 8 different types of hot spring water which flow out every day in abundance.
In the same way that a stretch of ocean where many different types of fish are caught is proof of that area's richness, an area such as Naruko where many kinds of hot spring arise also represents its richness as a hot spring location.
Every person has their own preferences as to types of hot spring.
Some people like hot and muddy waters, some like crystal clear waters, and each have their own likings.
But among those, the type of water which most people desire is a white and cloudy hot spring.
That doesn't mean that being cloudy is a condition for a hot spring to be good.
There are also many clear hot springs which are rich in minerals.
But white and cloudy hot springs leave a stronger impression of having a good effect, and in truth, there are indeed many such hot springs which have very strong positive effects.
Higashitaga no Yu hot springs is, as the photograph shows, a very cloudy and strong hot spring.
Also, among Naruko's high quality hot springs, there is no other which is so beautifully dark and cloudy. If you're looking for a cloudy hot spring, then Higashitaga no Yu is the most well known one.
Higashitaga no Yu is run by a small family hotel, so the bath sizes are not very large.
And yet, there are great amounts of people who come from all over Japan to visit these cloudy hot springs.
And the reason is because this cloudy water has very positive effects on the skin.
The effects of this water may vary from person to person, but for people with atopic dermatitis or other such skin diseases, the sulphur springs of Higashitaga no Yu are felt to be very effective.
People with conditions which haven't healed with medicine or treatments come from all over Japan to bathe in the healing waters of Higashitaga no Yu hot springs.
行才知道的白浊的硫磺泉 有过敏性皮肤炎和皮肤症状的你不妨来试一试 鸣子温泉里名泉中的名泉
行才知道的白濁的硫磺泉 有過敏性皮膚炎和皮膚癥狀的你不妨來試一試 鳴子溫泉裏名泉中的名泉
A long-term stay grants a thorough treatment
This traditional Japanese "hot spring cure" style still remains
Higashitaga no Yu hot springs in Naruko
In Japan there has been a long-standing tradition of "hot spring cures" which say that if you stay a few days at the hot springs resort, the longer the better, then the hot springs will start to heal your ailment.
This doesn't only apply to illnesses and wounds, but also to help farmers get ready for a new year of farm work just after the year has ended, in order to prepare the body for the work that is to come. This style is also considered a "hot spring cure".
Higashitaga no Yu is a place which helps you calmly heal your ailments and bring back health to your body. Higashitaga no Yu hot springs feel good, of course, but they do more than that. They heal your body.
If you have enough time, you can stay there for 2 or 3 nights and slowly enjoy them. In just 1 day you can't see the effects of a hot spring, but with more time these will surely become apparent.
Higashitaga no Yu is a classic Japanese "hot spring cure inn". It is not luxurious in any way. But the quality of its waters is the reason for their pride. Be sure to bathe your body in its cloudy white hot springs, which are a rare kind of hot spring even for the area of Naruko.
期入住，慢慢静养 日本古有的“温泉治疗”仍在存在 鸣子温泉的东多贺之汤
期入住，慢慢靜養 日本古有的“溫泉治療”仍在存在 鳴子溫泉的東多賀之湯
R egarding the hot springs of Higashitaga no Yu
Positive effects on:
Nerve pain, joint pain, muscular pain, stiff shoulders, motor palsy, stiff joints, bruises, sprain, chronic indigestion, sensitivity to cold, recovering from convalescence, recovery from exhaustion, increasing health
Diseases for which these hot springs are most indicated:Chronic skin diseases (eczema, rash, atopic dermatitis), cuts, arteriosclerosis, sugar diabetes, hypertension, chronic female diseases, burns.
50.2℃ (atmospheric temperature is 26.4℃)
A carbonated water hot spring which includes sulphur, sodium and calcium, sulphates (hydrogen sulphide)
Seasonal ingredients, the flavor of the mountains
Entirely home-made cuisine
Higashitaga no Yu is a small inn which is managed by a single family. So the food is not extravagant.
But on the flip side, the cuisine consists of the most delicious ingredients from each season, prepared in a home-made style. In Spring they serve wild vegetables, in Fall they serve mushrooms. These ingredients are freshly picked each season, and since this is the countryside, they have an authentic and rural flavor, the flavor of Higashitaga no Yu.
And the most delicious speciality of this inn is, surprisingly, their home-grown rice. That part of the land grows a variety of rice called "Yukimusubi", and they diligently harvest it every year. It has a springy texture, just like glutinous rice, and it has been praised by many of their visitors.
If you come to Higashitaga no Yu, be sure to eat plenty of this home-grown white rice.
T he cuisine of Higashitaga no Yu hot springs
One night and 2 meals (morning, night) 8500 yen~
One night and no meals (one room per person) 5000 yen~
One night and no meals (one room per every 2 people) 4200 yen~
*Includes consumption tax
*Includes hot spring tax (150 yen for every night and person)
*Fees change on the days before a holiday, and on busy seasons
Check-in 15:00~, check-out ~10:00
I ncluded facilities
・Eight rooms for clients (all rooms have a kitchen)
・They come equipped with air-conditioning
・Meals are served and eaten on the 1st floor
・No smoking on the premises (customers can
smoke in your private rooms)
・There is a washing machine and a drying
machine (free of charge)
・We lend out cooking ware, pots, plates, etc.
A ccess to Higashitaga no Yu
Tokyo to Furukawa
(2 hours and 20 minutes on the Tōhoku Shinkansen)
Furukawa to Naruko hot springs
(45 minutes on the JR Rikuu East Line)
Sendai to Naruko hot springs
(1 hours and 30 minutes on a bus)
Sendai to Kogota to Naruko hot springs
(1 hour and 30 minutes on the JR Tōhoku Main Line or the Rikuu East Line)
*We can come and receive customers at Naruko hot springs station