Day trip bathing travel journals to hot springs where we visited by train and bus

Takayu Onsen Attakayu

Takayu Onsen Attakayu

25, Aza-Takayu, Machiniwazaka, Fukushima City, Fukushima Pref.

"Celeste blue" water with Yunohana. The hot water that 100% Flowing from the Source is one of the freshest in Takayu Onsen

Takayu Onsen Attakayu bathtub
Takayu Onsen Attakayu exterior Takayu Onsen Attakayu lobby Takayu Onsen Attakayu hot water spout

Beautiful sky blue, countless Yunohana, plump sulfur scent and sour hot water are very impressive. In the cool breeze of the mountains, when you soak in this hot water, you will surely be able to blow away your daily fatigue.

The bathtub is only 60 meters (about 200 ft) away from the source. In Takayu Onsen, Attakayu is the closest facility from the source. Though the charge is 250 yen, you can enjoy the luxury of hot water fresh and 100% Flowing from the Source.

Takayu Onsen is in a quiet mountain, and known as a medicinal hot spring. They have protected the old tradition of "prohibiting any noise", and the water "Flowing from the Source". In addition, Takayu Onsen takes the first in Japanese hot spring satisfaction ranking of Japanese travel magazine "Jalan".


Rating of access

0.0 pt(from Ueno)

2.5 pt(from Sendai)

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Area / Railway

Tohoku Region
Fukushima Pref.

JR Tohoku Line

Train and bus route map of Takayu Onsen Attakayu, Fukushima Prefecture
Train and bus route map of Takayu Onsen Attakayu, Fukushima Prefecture
Sendai Station timetable Fukushima Station timetable Koriyama Station timetable Omiya Station timetable Ikebukuro Station timetable Shinjuku Station timetable Ueno Station timetable Tokyo Station timetable Takayu Bus Stop timetable etc. Kamiubado Bus Stop timetable etc.

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Route from Tokyo (Ueno)
  • Ueno Sta.JR: 5 hrs 15 min Tohoku Line ¥ 4,840
  • Fukushima Sta.Walk: 3 hrs 25 min 15.8 km (9.8 mi) Difference in elevation: 676 m (2218 ft)
  • Attakayu
Route from Tokyo (Ueno)
  • Ueno Sta. JR Tohoku (or Yamagata) Shinkansen: 1 hr 30 min Yamabiko (or Tsubasa) Non-reserved seat ¥ 8,370
  • Fukushima Sta. (West exit No.1 bus stop) Fukushima Kotsu bus: 36 min For Takayu via Kamiubado ¥ 840
  • Takayu bus stop Walk: 0 min
  • Attakayu
Route from Tokyo (Shinjuku)
  • Shinjuku Sta. (New South Gate) Walk: 2 min
  • Shinjuku Expressway Bus Terminal
    (4th floor) Expressway bus: about 5 - 6 hrs For Fukushima about ¥ 3,000
  • Fukushima Sta. (West exit No.1 bus stop) Fukushima Kotsu bus: 21 min For Kamiubado ¥ 580
  • Kamiubado bus stopWalk: 1 hr 25 min 6.7 km (4.2 mi) Difference in elevation: 546 m (1791 ft)
  • Attakayu
Route from Tokyo (Tokyo)
  • Tokyo Sta. (Yaesu South Gate) Walk: 6 min
  • Yaesu Kajibashi Parking Lot (Night bus) Expressway bus: about 6 hrs For Fukushima about ¥ 3,000
  • Fukushima Sta.Taxi: 40 min about ¥ 7,000
  • Attakayu
Route from Sendai
  • Sendai Sta.JR: 1 hr 25 min Tohoku Line ¥ 1,340
  • Fukushima Sta.(The rest is the same as above)
Route from Sendai
  • Sendai Sta. JR Tohoku Shinkansen: 25 min Yamabiko Non-reserved seat ¥ 3,210
  • Fukushima Sta.(The rest is the same as above)
Routes from Tokyo
  • Ueno
  • JR
  • Fukushima
  • Walk
  • hot spring
  • 8 hrs 40 min ¥ 4,840

  • Ueno
  • JR Shinkansen
  • Fukushima
  • Bus
  • hot spring
  • 2 hrs 06 min ¥ 9,210

  • Shinjuku
  • Expressway bus
  • Fukushima
  • Bus
  • Kamiubado
  • Walk
  • hot spring
  • about 6 hrs 48 min - 7 hrs 48 min about ¥ 3,580

  • Tokyo
  • (Night bus) Expressway bus
  • Fukushima
  • Taxi
  • hot spring
  • about 6 hrs 46 min about ¥ 10,000

Routes from Sendai
  • Sendai
  • JR
  • Fukushima
  • (The rest is the same as above)
  • 1 hr 25 min+ ¥ 1,340+

  • Sendai
  • JR Shinkansen
  • Fukushima
  • (The rest is the same as above)
  • 25 min+ ¥ 3,210+

  • The price of normal Shinkansen is "Basic fare" plus "Super express charge". (These are determined according to the distance.) "Super express charge" has two types: Reserved seat and Non-reserved seat. Reserved seat charge adds ¥930 (during the busiest season), ¥730 (during the busy season), ¥530 (during the normal season) or ¥330 (during the off season) to Non-reserved seat charge. (For details, please refer to JR East_Ticketing and Busiest / Busy / Normal / Off season calendar.)
  • From Fukushima Station for Takayu, Some buses go to Takayu Onsen via Kamiubado Bus Stop, and the others is end at Kamiubado Bus Stop.
  • For information on how to get to Yaesu Kajibashi Parking Lot (Expressway bus stop) from Tokyo Station, see Sakura Expressway Bus website.
  • The above fares are based on cash. When using an IC card, the fares may differ slightly.
  • The above times and distances are approximate. Does not include transfering or waiting times.

How to get to Takayu Onsen Attakayu

(Directions from Kamiubado Bus Stop)
  • There is a sign for Takayu Onsen near the Kamiubado Bus Stop, so follow the road and go up 6.7 km (4.2 mi).

bus stop: bus stop

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Travel journal of day trip bathing to hot spring


He is an orthodox hot springs lover and particular about quality of springs. He loves the hot springs flowing from the source, the hot water with a presence, and the rustic atmosphere.
He doesn't care much about quality of hot springs. He loves the open-air bath, and prefers hot springs that have visible features such as good views.

(→ Continuation from Ryokan Tamagoyu)
Nishi-san and Kita-san who enjoyed Tamagoyu, then headed to the Publick Bath "Attakayu". The snow is still falling, sometimes getting stronger.

Takayu Onsen is such a place. There is no restaurant-like shop. What is everybody doing for a meal?

Well, at the inn, they may do them all.

Maybe so. I think that if you open a Ramen shop, you'll get a lot of customers.

Yeah, especially on such a snowy day .... Boy, I want to eat Ramen ... I wonder if there is a Ramen shop ...

A Ramen shop didn't appear at all, but arrived at Attakayu instead.

Attakayu exterior, Takayu Onsen

Attakayu Exterior

Oh, we arrived.

Um, it's too cold! For now, let's get in an onsen bath.


You can see the source from Attakayu parking lot. (If there is no snow)

The source of Attakayu, Takayu Onsen

The source of Attakayu

Attakayu lobby, Takayu Onsen


They put their valuables in the lockers, and went down the stairs to the bathing room.

Is this a recent public bath? Isn't it clean and new?

I don't think it's recently, but surely clean. Looks like it's cleaned up well.

Attakayu has only one open-air bath. When they opened the door from the undressing room, the bathtub came into their eyes in front.

Attakayu bathtub, Takayu Onsen


Wow, it's pretty good!

It's just an open-air bath. It's simple.

The water is still sky blue. Just that, feels like I got a gain.


Soon they entered the bathtub.

Attakayu bathtub and washing area, Takayu Onsen

Bathtub and Washing area

I like this hot water! There are plenty of yunohana.

It's great taking the open-air bath with this hot water. The good thing is, it's not an indoor bath but an open-air bath.

Well, in any case, to enjoy the hot water, the simple bathtub is the best.

Kita-san noticed the posting near the hot water spout.

Attakayu has opened in 2003.

Attakayu hot water spout, Takayu Onsen

Hot water spout

Hmm? What is this ... Uh, it says that "don't enter near the hot water spout". Hydrogen sulfide gas is coming with the hot water.

Oh, I see. In short, inhaling hydrogen sulfide gas is dangerous.

Hydrogen sulfide gas smells of sulfur. Is it dangerous?

It seems that if you inhale a high concentration gas, you may faint or die.

Oh, yes ... but, that means you can't relax with the smell of sulfur, you know. Because it's dangerous. Isn't it more relaxing to smell chlorine? Because it's cleaner and safer.

Mmmm, it's convincing ... No, in short, it's just like alcohol. It'll be poison if you have a lot, but it feels good if you have the right amount.

Aha! I see.

Nishi-san and Kita-san in relax mode with the moderate smell of sulfur. They enjoyed the sky blue hot water of Takayu Onsen to their heart's content.

Attakayu break room, Takayu Onsen

Break room

Attakayu scenery from break room, Takayu Onsen

Scenery from Break room

After the bath, taking a rest at the break room. A fan alone is not enough to cool down. The outside of the slightly opened window looks like it has completely returned to winter. Coming of the Sakura Front in Fukushima may be a little further away.

(April 2019)

Attakayu has a short distance from the source to the bath, and the hot water is very fresh. But it is possible that hydrogen sulfide gas may not be able to escape enough. It seems that they did not make the indoor bath because they concerned that hydrogen sulfide gas would stay.

Impression & rating

The hot water is the freshest in Takayu, and has a great presence. This is a wonderful public bath without a complaint.

4.0 pt

Impression & rating

Beautiful sky blue hot water has a special feeling and is sure to be satisfied very much. With this, 250 yen, it is great value for money.

3.0 pt

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The Onsen facility

25, Aza-Takayu, Machiniwazaka, Fukushima City, Fukushima Pref.
(Takayu Hot Spring Tourism Association)
domestic: 024-591-1125
international: +81-24-591-1125
Public Bath Attakayu
Bathing hours
9:00 - 21:00(Last entry at 20:30)
Regular holiday
(If Thursday is a national holiday, the next day.)
However, there is no holiday during busy season (August and October).
(Use within 1 hour)
Adult: ¥ 250 / Child (1 year old and over): ¥ 120
Private bath: In addition to the above, once (within 50 min) ¥ 1,000
Gender-separated open-air bath, Private bath (reservation required, 2 or more persons required)
No shower, soap, shampoo etc.
No lockers in undressing room. (There are valuable lockers in corridor.)
Tattoo bathing OK

The hot spring data
(According to hot spring analysis report etc.)

(Analysis date: May 30, 2014)

Spring quality
Acidic - Sulfur containing - Calcium / Aluminum - Sulfate hot spring (Hydrogen Sulfide type) (Hypotonic Acid High temperature spring)
Source name
Takayu No.26 Takinoyu
26, Aza-Takayu, Machiniwazaka, Fukushima City, Fukushima Pref.
50.5 ℃ (122.9 ℉)
[air temperature 42.0 ℃ (107.6 ℉)]
? L / min (Natural spring)
pH value
Total ingredients
1.871 g / kg

(from the booklet "Takayu Onsen Record")

Takayu No.26 Takinoyu
50.5 ℃ (122.9 ℉)
[air temperature 19 ℃ (66.2 ℉)]
738 L / min (natural spring)
pH value
Facility using this source
Attakayu, Adachiya, Tamagoyu, Higenoie, Nonbirikan

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