A leisurely stroll from onsen to onsen is a pleasure in this old-fashioned hot spring town, ringing with the sound of traditional sandals. Enjoy this secluded mountain hot spring with a soak soothing for mind and body.
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Start your morning at the bathhouse in the center of this onsen town, under a pleasant falling stream from the natural hot spring.
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Take an easy stroll through Tawarayama Onsen, where it’s common to see bathers heading to and from onsen wrapped in cotton kimono (yukata).
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Halfway along the street, you might happen across sweet sansaru (three monkeys) manju, named after the monkey said to have discovered Tawarayama Onsen. Time for a snack!
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The fragrance of the Tawarayama-grown buckwheat flour you’ll use may whet your appetite, but don’t worry: after you’ve made your noodles, you can make a lunch of them!
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This temple is dedicated to the Buddhist deity Kannon, and is visited frequently by pilgrims hoping for prosperity–gained, it is said, with a prayer and a touch to the head of one of the many phalli surrounding the temple.
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This local bookstore is full not only with books, but is also frequently host to local events and exhibitions. A café space is also available, a perfect for relaxing with a good book.
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Back into the onsen again after a day’s travel, enjoy the baths at Shiro Saru no Yu (The White Monkey Spring).