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

Dake Onsen Soranoniwa Resort

Dake Onsen Soranoniwa Resort

1-197-2, Dake-onsen, Nihonmatsu City, Fukushima Pref.

Let's go to see "the real sky". A trip to be healed in the sky looking up while soaking in "Hot water for beautiful skin" in the open-air bath with outstanding sense of openness

Soranoniwa Resort Open-air bath and sky, Dake Onsen
Soranoniwa Resort Lobby, Dake Onsen Soranoniwa Resort Open-air bath, Dake Onsen Soranoniwa Resort Indoor bath, Dake Onsen

Milky hot water with countless Yunohana takes slightly blue-green. Hot water, which is also likened to lotion, has a reputation for being able to expect a skin-beautifying effect. (Dake Onsen was ranked 3rd in Rakuten Travel's "Hot water for beautiful skin ranking" in 2016.)

It features a spacious open-air bath. You can enjoy the green of the mountain and wide sky to your heart's content in the bathtub of just the right temperature to take a long bath.

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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Basically, it is a non-heating water flowing from the source. But in case of the hot water temperature deviates from the moderate temperature depending on the weather or air temperature, they add water or heat to adjust the temperature.


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 Soranoniwa Resort, Fukushima Prefecture
Train and bus route map of Dake Onsen Soranoniwa Resort, 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.

Click the station name or bus stop name to open EKITAN or NAVITIME

Fukushima Kotsu Bus timetable etc.

Route from Tokyo (Ueno)
  • Ueno Sta.JR: 5 hrs Tohoku Line ¥ 4,510
  • Nihonmatsu Sta.Walk: 2 hrs 20 min 10.1 km (6.3 mi) Difference in elevation: 309 m (1014 ft)
  • Soranoniwa Resort
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: 24 - 27 min For Dake Onsen ¥ 500
  • Onsen Iriguchi Bus StopWalk: 1 min
  • Soranoniwa Resort
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: 18 min For Dake Onsen ¥ 500
  • Onsen Iriguchi Bus StopWalk: 1 min
  • Soranoniwa Resort
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
  • Soranoniwa Resort
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 20 min ¥ 4,510

  • Ueno
  • Shinkansen
  • Koriyama
  • JR
  • Nihonmatsu
  • Bus
  • hot spring
  • 2 hrs 05 - 08 min ¥ 8,540

  • Shinjuku
  • Expressway bus
  • Nihonmatsu Bus Stop
  • Bus
  • hot spring
  • about 5 hrs 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 Soranoniwa Resort

(Directions from Onsen Iriguchi Bus Stop)
  • Walk a little to the north (direction of bus) and turn left

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.

One day in December near the end of the year. Today's hot spring is Dake Onsen in Fukushima Prefecture. It takes about 25 minutes by bus from Nihonmatsu Station to Dake Onsen. For now, Nishi-san and Kita-san who have come to the last stop "Dake Onsen Bus Stop" and taken off the bus.

Main street of Dake Onsen

Main street of Dake Onsen

Around here is the center of Dake Onsen?

I think so. This is the main street.

It's a pretty good street. On the other hand, it's so neat that doesn't look like a hot spring town.

Well, let's put it off later to see what kind of shops there are. For the time being, don't you go to Soranoniwa?

That's why they have come to Soranoniwa Resort.

Soranoniwa Resort exterior, Dake Onsen


Oh, I thought it was a hotel for the rich because called resort, but unexpectedly it's not, you know. As far as seeing exterior.

Exactly. But the charge may be high. Just taking a bath costs around 2,000 yen ...?

The bathing charge for a day trip is 600 yen for adults.


Nishi-san and Kita-san heading straight to the bathing room.

Soranoniwa Resort indoor bath, Dake Onsen

Indoor bath

Wow, is the water blue? No, little greenish?

And it's cloudy. Looks like a great water.

For now, take a bathtub.

Oh! It's Yunohana that looked white! It's a so large amount of Yunohana ...

Really. This hot water looks a bit like Takayu Onsen.

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.

Exactly. They are close geographically. So the taste is ... oh, sour! In short, it's acidic.

It has a special feeling. As for hot water, it looks like a rich resort hotel.

It's such a nice hot water, but the charge is inexpensive. What a nice hot spring!

Oh!? My skin has been coated with Yunohana when I got out of water. Somehow, it might be good ...

Speaking of which, I've seen something said that Dake Onsen was popular as "Hot water for beautiful skin". It might be perfect for a girls trip.

Next, they go to the open-air bath.

Soranoniwa Resort open-air bath, Dake Onsen

Open-air bath

Oh! ... What? Hmm ...

How? This open-air bath?

Well, ... um, it's nice that spacious. But the bathtub is a little smaller than expected ...

So? As expected, you have a strict evaluation of the open-air bath.

Soranoniwa Resort Hot water spout of the Open-air bath, Dake Onsen

Hot water spout of the Open-air bath

Yeah. And, the view isn't bad, but it's not good ... That building is in the way.

Exactly. It's winter now, so the trees are dead. It might be different in the season when the mountains are greener.

Indeed, that's true. But this clear blue sky may be because it's winter. If you want to see the sky while taking a hot spring, a sunny winter day may be the best. ... No, it's definitely best in winter. No doubt.

Soranoniwa Resort The sky seen from the open-air bath, Dake Onsen

The sky seen from the open-air bath

After all, it was a good decision to be here in winter. And, it's easy to look the sky in this bathtub, I guess.

The temperature is just right. This is perfect for a long bath, you know.

Nishi-san and Kita-san who have gone out of the bath after fully enjoying the hot spring and the blue sky.

Soranoniwa Resort lobby, Dake Onsen


It was a so good bath, you know.

Exactly. And, I thought that acidic water was irritating to the skin, but the water here is completely the opposite. It's a little unexpected.

True. I have the feeling that Yunohana makes my skin smooth.

What they say it's "Hot water for beautiful skin" may not be a lie ...

Nishi-san and Kita-san took a leisurely break in the lobby. Then, they've gone back to the main street of Dake Onsen, and headed for a walk in the hot spring town. (→ Continue to Dake Onsen Dakenoyu)

(December 2019)

About Takayu Onsen, see "Tamagoyu" and "Attakayu".

Impression & rating

The water is acidic but gentle on the skin. The presence of hot water is outstanding, as it is slightly greenish and has a slightly sweet smell.

3.5 pt

Impression & rating

The open-air bath is a little small and the view is not good, but the spacious feeling is pretty good. You can relax while looking the sky.

3.5 pt

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The Onsen facility

1-197-2, Dake-onsen, Nihonmatsu City, Fukushima Pref.
domestic: 0243-24-2306
international: +81-243-24-2306
Soranoniwa Resort
Day trip bathing hours
10:30 - 15:00
(Last entry at 14:00)
[Ceramic bed bathing]
10:30 - 20:00
(Last entry at 19:00)
Regular holiday
Irregular holidays
Adults: ¥ 600 / Elementary school students: ¥ 300 / Under elementary school students: free
[Ceramic bed bathing]
¥ 1,200 for 60 min
Gender-separated indoor bath, Gender-separated open-air bath, Female-only ceramic bed bath, Mixed ceramic bed bath
There are valuables lockers in the undressing room. (free of charge)
There are lockers in the corridor. (free of charge)

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

(Survey date: Jun. 16, 2009)

Spring quality
Simple acid spring (Hypotonic Acidic High temperature spring)
Dake Onsen Motoyu
(Mixed springs of the 5 source hot springs. Sampled water from notch tank.)
1-2, 1-3, 2-2, 3-2 and 3-3, Aza-Motoyu, Nagata, Nihonmatsu City, Fukushima Pref.
56.7 ℃ (134.1 ℉)
[air temperature: 14 ℃ (57.2 ℉)]
1,290 L / min (Natural spring, As total usage of mixed springs)
pH value
Total ingredients
0.6328 g / kg
It is colorless and odorless with a slight cloudiness and strong sourness. A slight white precipitate is observed.

Today's Ekiben

Torimeshi with Iwashita's fresh ginger
The appearance of Torimeshi with Iwashita's fresh ginger The whole of Torimeshi with Iwashita's fresh ginger

Torimeshi with Iwashita's fresh ginger

(Purchased at Utsunomiya Station)

This is a collaboration ekiben of "fresh ginger" and "torimeshi", the representative products of Iwashita and Matsunoya. It's a full Bento of fresh ginger, they are using fresh ginger in both rice and side dishes. The refreshing feeling of fresh ginger has a good accent of the tasting. You will be surprised at how effective this is. The presence of fresh ginger is amazing. This ekiben is recommended.

« menu »
Iwashita's fresh ginger mixed rice with egg soboro and chicken soboro, with Iwashita's fresh ginger / Deep-fried chicken with Iwashita's fresh ginger / Chicken meatball with Iwashita's fresh ginger sweet and sour sauce / Pink seasoned egg (Iwashita-ish marinated quail egg) / Iwashita-ish marinated carrot and marinated walnut mustard

(¥ 950) ( Iwashita Foods Matsunoya)

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