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Kotohira Onsen is a simple, family style day bath tucked next to a river. A variety of rooms offer different baths, ranging in price from about 2000 yen to 3500 for 60 minutes. As with most kazokuburos, the water is poured fresh each time, allowing you to add cold water if necessary until it's just at the temp you like. Separate male and female baths are also available, and some nice rotenburo.

You'll need a car or taxi to get here -- it's about 15 minutes' drive from Hita's main bus and train station. The access road is only wide enough for one car but is two way -- prepare to pull over into driveways if needed so people can pass. A final plus: the place is open until 2am, perfect for that late night soak when you're still jet lagged.


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