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Ryujin Onsen

Ryujin Onsen is a hidden, historical hot spring settlement situated in the mountainous heart of the Kii-Hanto Peninsula along the upper reaches of the Hidaka-gawa River, famous for its beautifying mineral waters. 

It is located at the southern entrance of the Ryujin-Koya Skyline highway that links Koyasan and the Kumano area and is a perfect place to stop and relax between these two sacred sites. The Skyline offers wonderful panoramic views of the forested peaks, layer upon layer into the horizon.

Beautifying Hot Spring

Beautifying Hot Spring

Ryujin’s high quality hot spring waters are clear with a high quantity of sodium bicarbonate and is considered to be the best in Japan. 

The smooth and silky waters are well known for making skin beautiful and is one of Japan’s three famous Bijin-no-yu or “Beautiful Women Hot Spring”.

History

Shimogoten Original

In ancient times, Ryujin Onsen was discovered by Ennogyoja, the founder of Shugendo, a shamanistic religion of mixed originals focused on mountain worship. 

Legend has it that Kobo Daishi, who founded the Shingon esoteric sect of Buddhism and Koyasan, had a divine revelation in his dream from the god of the sea, Nada-ryu-o, which lead him to the spot.

In the Edo era, it was used as a resort area for the Tokugawa ruling family of the Kii-shu domain, their castle being in Wakayama City. At present there are still Japanese inns with names such as “Kamigoten” (Royal Palace), and “Shimogoten” (Lower Lodgings), reminding us of the old Japanese feudal system.

Accommodations

Ryujin Onsen has a diversity of accommodations, from small guesthouses, hotel-like facilities and historic inns. Staying in one of these off-the-beaten-track lodgings is a fun way to experience this natural, rural area of Japan.

Access

Ryujin Onsen is located in the mountainous heart of the Kii Peninsula.

Buses run from Tanabe to Koyasan from April 1st to November 30th.

● ~ 2 hours by bus from Koyasan (bus timetable 7)
● ~ 1.5 hours by bus from Kii-Tanabe (bus timetable 7)
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ONSEN Gastronomy

Contents to beauty and the health that applied Ryujin hot spring(Onsen).

Enjoy meals, traditions, history, trip to heal your mind and body at Ryujin hot spring.

Dragon’s Back Trekking

Trekking contents around the highest peak in Wakayama.

The view from Gomasan Sky Tower is like a dragon’s back.

The way Kukai, who opened Koyasan, stopped at Ryujin Village on the way to     Kumano Hongu Taisha, is called the phantom Okuhechi.

We’ll trek the route.

White Dragon Snowshoeing

Trekking contents around the highest peak in Wakayama.

The Snowshoe contents that utilized Mt.Gomadan and Ryujindake.

The view from Gomasan Sky Tower is like a dragon’s back.

The way Kukai, who opened Koyasan, stopped at Ryujin Village on the way to Kumano Hongu Taisha, is called the phantom Okuhechi.

We’ll experience Snowshoe in winter Okuhechi.

Dragon Adventure

Walking contents to tour power spots and natural scenery in Ryujin.

“龍” is pronunciation RYU, meaning “DRAGON”.

“神” is pronunciation as JIN or KAMI and means “GOD”.

The dragon legends are in the world.

A lot of stories remain as the fantastic creature that continue protecting the treasure cave forever.

Here is what the dragon has kept for many years.

Traditional Craft RYUJIN

Contents utilizing traditional culture.

We’ll make the chopsticks using the materials of Ryujin, and chopsticks bag using Japanese paper.

And, We’ll experience the indigo dyeing of the traditional authentic method that has continued since the Edo period.

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