If you’re looking for hot springs in Shimane prefecture, here are the top 7 onsens you'd want to visit. They are Tamatsukuri Hot Springs, Yunotsu Hot Springs, Mimata Hot Springs, Arifuku Hot Springs, Okuizumi Hot Springs Village, Sanbe Hot Springs, and Araiso Hot Springs.
Tamatsukuri Hot Springs and Yunotsu Hot Springs, are especially famous. Having both existed for over 1300 years, they are Japan’s oldest hot springs, and Yunotsu Hot Springs is also a World Heritage site.
Mimata Hot Springs
Mimata Onsen has been around for over 150 years and it is the one of the most famous hot springs in Shimane. The hot water has alkaline properties so the water feels slippery. It is said to have beautifying effects and cosmetics made from the water are also sold here.
|Address||Oibara, Kanagi-cho, Hamada-shi, Shimane|
|Access||25 min. by taxi from Hamada station on the JR San-in Main line|
Arifuku Hot Springs
Arifuku Hot Springs was found by a monk about 1350 years ago. It is a small hot springs resort located in Gotsu, in the central region of Shimane Prefecture. The alkaline water is transparent and gives your skin plenty of moisture, making your skin feel smooth.
|Address||Arifukuonsen-cho, Gotsu-shi, Shimane|
|Access||30 min. by taxi or local bus from Hamada station on the JR Sanin Main line|
Okuizumo Hot Springs Village
Surrounded by the mountains of Shimane Prefecture, this hot springs is said to be one of the three best hot springs for beauty in Japan. Experience the quaint atmosphere and the delicious food made from local ingredients.
|Address||Okuizumo-cho, Nita-gun, Shimane|
|Access||Izumo Minari station on the JR Kisuki line|
Sanbe Hot Springs
This hot springs is located to the south of Mount Sanbe, a still active volcano. It is a secluded hot springs with no easy access road. The hike through the mountain makes the hot springs at the end of the road all the more enjoyable.
|Address||Shigaku, Sanbe-cho, Oda-shi, Shimane|
|Access||50 min. by bus or 25 min. by taxi from Odashi station on the JR Sanin Main line|
Araiso Hot Springs
Hotel Araiso-kan has a large bath facing the Sea of Japan. There are some rooms that also have a open air bath on the balcony. You can also enjoy the fresh seafood and the Karaoto Daffodils Park nearby.
|Address||Nishi-hirahara, Masuda-shi, Shimane|
|Access||15 min. by bus from Masuda station on the JR Sanin Main line.|