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

Dake Onsen Dakenoyu

Dake Onsen Dakenoyu

1-270, Dake-onsen, Nihonmatsu City, Fukushima Pref.

It's as if the skin lotion is flowing from the source. The light blue-greenish milky white water is said to be "Hot water for beautiful skin" and is very popular!

Dakenoyu Bathtub, Dake Onsen
Dakenoyu Exterior, Dake Onsen Dakenoyu Folk art figurine collection, Dake Onsen Kagamigaike Pond, Dake Onsen

A light blue-greenish milky white cloudy water is flowing from the source. Dake Onsen has a high reputation for its skin-beautifying effect, such as it was ranked 3rd in the 2016 Rakuten Travel's "Hot water for beautiful skin ranking". You can relax and enjoy this miracle hot water in an unpretentious atmosphere.

Dakenoyu doubles as a guest house. It has a folk art figurines collection in the lobby, and the gallery-like paintings are displayed in the corridor.

Dake Onsen is located on the hillside of Mt. Adatara. The source is about 8 km (5 mi) away, and the hot water is well stirred up while running down the mountain. As a result, the hot water becomes gentle and soft.

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The bathtub has a faucet for adding water. In case of the source water is too hot, it may be adding water.


Rating of access

0.0 pt(from Ueno)

2.0 pt(from Sendai)

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Area / Railway

Tohoku Region
Fukushima Pref.

JR Tohoku Line

Train and bus route map of Dake Onsen Dakenoyu, Fukushima Prefecture
Train and bus route map of Dake Onsen Dakenoyu, Fukushima Prefecture
Sendai Station timetable Fukushima Station timetable Nihonmatsu Station timetable Koriyama Station timetable Omiya Station timetable Ikebukuro Station timetable Shinjuku Station timetable Ueno Station timetable Tokyo Station timetable Nihonmatsu Bus Stop timetable etc. Dake Onsen Bus Stop timetable etc. Onsen Iriguchi Bus Stop timetable etc.

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Fukushima Kotsu Bus timetable etc.

Route from Tokyo (Ueno)
  • Ueno Sta.JR: 5 hrs Tohoku Line ¥ 4,510
  • Nihonmatsu Sta.Walk: 2 hrs 22 min 10.3 km (6.4 mi) Difference in elevation: 305 m (1001 ft)
  • Dakenoyu
Route from Tokyo (Ueno)
  • Ueno Sta.Shinkansen: 1 hr 15 min Yamabiko etc. Non-reserved seat ¥ 8,040
  • Koriyama Sta.JR: 25 min Tohoku Line ¥ -
  • Nihonmatsu Sta. Fukushima Kotsu Bus: 25 - 28 min For Dake Onsen ¥ 500
  • Dake Onsen Bus StopWalk: 1 min
  • Dakenoyu
Route from Tokyo (Shinjuku)
  • Shinjuku Sta. (New South Gate) Walk: 2 min
  • Shinjuku Expressway Bus Terminal
    (4th floor) Expressway bus: about 4 hrs 30 min about ¥ 5,000
  • Nihonmatsu Bus StopWalk: 9 min 0.7 km (0.4 mi)
  • Dake-shita Jumin Center Bus Stop Fukushima Kotsu Bus: 19 min For Dake Onsen ¥ 500
  • Dake Onsen Bus StopWalk: 1 min
  • Dakenoyu
Route from Tokyo (Tokyo)
  • Tokyo Sta. (Yaesu South Gate) Walk: 6 min
  • Yaesu Kajibashi Parking Lot Expressway bus: about 4 hrs 30 min about ¥ 3,000
  • Koriyama Sta.JR: 25 min Tohoku Line ¥ 420
  • Nihonmatsu Sta.Taxi: 20 min about ¥ 4,000
  • Dakenoyu
Route from Sendai
  • Sendai Sta.JR: 2 hrs Tohoku Line ¥ 1,980
  • Nihonmatsu Sta.(The rest is the same as above)
Route from Sendai
  • Sendai Sta.Shinkansen: 25 min Yamabiko etc. Non-reserved seat ¥ 3,850
  • Fukushima Sta.JR: 25 min Tohoku Line ¥ -
  • Nihonmatsu Sta.(The rest is the same as above)
Routes from Tokyo
  • Ueno
  • JR
  • Nihonmatsu
  • Walk
  • hot spring
  • 7 hrs 22 min ¥ 4,510

  • Ueno
  • Shinkansen
  • Koriyama
  • JR
  • Nihonmatsu
  • Bus
  • hot spring
  • 2 hrs 06 - 09 min ¥ 8,540

  • Shinjuku
  • Expressway bus
  • Nihonmatsu Bus Stop
  • Bus
  • hot spring
  • about 5 hrs 01 min about ¥ 5,500

  • Tokyo
  • Expressway bus
  • Koriyama
  • JR
  • Nihonmatsu
  • Taxi
  • hot spring
  • about 5 hrs 21 min about ¥ 7,420

Routes from Sendai
  • Sendai
  • JR
  • Nihonmatsu
  • (The rest is the same as above)
  • 2 hrs+ ¥ 1,980+

  • Sendai
  • Shinkansen
  • Fukushima
  • JR
  • Nihonmatsu
  • (The rest is the same as above)
  • 50 min+ ¥ 3,850+

  • 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.)
  • 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 Dakenoyu

(Directions from Dake Onsen Bus Stop)
  • Cross the national route at the signal intersection near the bus stop. Corner of the intersection

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 Soranoniwa Resort)
Nishi-san and Kita-san have got being to Dake Onsen on the hillside of Mt. Adatara in Fukushima prefecture. In the cold of December, take a quick walk through the main street of Dake Onsen. Because their body have got cold, they've come to the guest house and communal bathhouse "Dakenoyu".

Dakenoyu exterior, Dake Onsen


Oh, here! It shows "YU". Easy to find!

Boy, it's not so bad.

They get into the inside immediately.

Dakenoyu lobby, Dake Onsen


Looks like a bathhouse with the common touch, you know. Soranoniwa just before seems like a luxury resort.

Exactly. This is probably designed for the locals.

They head to the bathing room.

Oh, we go down the stairs. It has a basement.

Boy, a basement ... I thought it was a one-story house from the outside.

Dakenoyu paintings, Dake Onsen


Oh, paintings are displayed. Is this Mt. Adatara?

Looks like that. It's a bit surprising that the paintings are displayed ... Oh? The stairs again.

We still go down.

Dakenoyu stairs, Dake Onsen


Eh!? How deep! Is it about on the 3rd basement floor?

It's a greater building than seeing from the outside. How far will we go ...

After finishing going down the stairs, the corridor is extending to the left. At the end of the corridor is the bathing room. It seems to be so crowded on this day, and slippers that were taken off are lined up at the entrance of the bathing room.

Dake Onsen is an old hot spring as described in the 9th century literature. It was often hit by disasters such as landslides and fires, moving and rebuilding each time. Current Dake Onsen has moved to its present location in 1906.

There are a lot of slippers ...

Many customers have come. After all, this is a popular bathhouse for locals.

Dakenoyu bathing room, Dake Onsen

Bathing room

The bathing room has a washing area in the front and a bathtub in the back. After Kakeyu (hot water for washing off before bathing), they get into the bathtub.

Oh, it's a nice hot water. But is it a little hotter than Soranoniwa?

Maybe so. But, as expected, Yunohana is amazing.

Really. After all, it's nice to have a hot spring like this, you know.

Exactly. It has a slightly unique smell, and the best advantage of Dake Onsen is that it's hot water.

Dakenoyu bathtub, Dake Onsen


This is also flowing from the source, right?

That's right, I guess.

There's plenty of sunlight through the big windows! I feel great ... What? Come to think of it, why isn't this underground?

Oh, yeah, you got a point. we've got down the stairs a lot ... But it's not underground ... In short, this building is built on a great slope?

Oh, Dakenoyu, you shouldn't take it lightly.

The two who have returned from the bathtub to the lobby.

Dakenoyu Folk art figurines collection, Dake Onsen

Folk art figurines collection

This showcase looks like, How can I explain it, outdated ...

This is, in short, a collection of folk art figurines. Somewhere in the Tohoku region.

Rather than a collection, as a result while buying and getting souvenirs here and there, it has build up like this, you know.

Oh, exactly.

In the old days, at my relative's house, they used to put a lot figurines up on the TV, like these.

Listening to you, it was.

It's a traditional stage that flat-screen TVs don't have today ...

Hahaha. It's a good old days.

Kagamigaike Pond in winter, Dake Onsen

Kagamigaike Pond in winter

While Nishi-san and Kita-san are taking a break in the lobby after bathing, the locals who seem to be regular customers are constantly coming in and out. Nishi-san and Kita-san left Dakenoyu and have decided to go down the hill and go for a walk around Kagamigaike Pond.

(December 2019)

Accommodation rooms are lined up along the corridor down the stairs.

Impression & rating

The wonderful hot water that has greenish white cloudy with Yunohana. A hot spring facility where you can enjoy hot water of Dake Onsen with low charge.

3.5 pt

Impression & rating

There is no doubt that the hot water is wonderful. But because it has no open-air bath and the water is a little hot, it is not suitable for relaxing, I guess.

1.5 pt

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The Onsen facility

1-270, Dake-onsen, Nihonmatsu City, Fukushima Pref.
domestic: 0243-24-2139
international: +81-243-24-2139
Dake Onsen Tourism Association _ Day trip bathing
Day trip bathing hours
10:00 - 19:30
(Last entry at 19:00)
Regular holiday
Adults: ¥ 350 / Elementary school students: ¥ 150 / Under elementary school students: free
Gender-separated indoor bath
No lockers in the undressing room.
There are valuables lockers outside the undressing room. (100 yen for a fee)
No shampoo etc. (There are soaps.)

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

(Survey date: Aug. 23, 2019)

Spring quality
Simple acid spring (Hypotonic Acidic High temperature spring)
Dake Onsen Motoyu
(Mixed springs of the 5 source hot springs)
1-2, 1-3, 2-2, 3-2 and 3-3, Aza-Motoyu, Nagata, Nihonmatsu City, Fukushima Pref.
54.5 ℃ (130.1 ℉)
[air temperature: 25 ℃ (77 ℉)]
Not measured (Natural spring)
pH value
Total ingredients
0.7457 g / kg
Colorless, Clear, Slight odor of hydrogen sulfide, Strong acidity, Slight amount of white deposits, No bubbles

Today Beer

Label of Nanakusa Beer
Nanakusa Beer

Nanakusa Beer

A craft beer in Nihonmatsu. The color is light brown with turbidity. It seems that yeast is alive due to the secondary fermentation in the bottle. I think it has a strong sour and bitter taste. It has a very unique taste that people either love or hate. However, since it is a small brewery that seems to be challenging experimental beer production, I think that the taste may change greatly depending on the production time.

Not recommended for who are used to the sophisticated tastes of major beer makers. But for those who say "Since I've come to Nihonmatsu, I want something unique to Nihonmatsu ...", it might be a good idea to try it.

(¥ 550 / 330 ml)
( Nanakusa Nano Brewery Facebook)

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