An Old Style Trip to Shima Hot Spring vol.2 [Enjoying the Restful Footbaths and Public Baths]
- Shima Onsen has 4 footbaths free of charge
- Choose your favorite from among the6 public baths
- The people of Shima’s warm hospitality: Feel free to ask to use the restroom at any of the hotels or shops
Hello, this is Fujiko.
This article is the 2nd installment following An Old Style Trip to Shima Hot Spring vol.1「Aboard the Comfort Bus "SHIMA ONSEN GO"」.
After getting a map or “YOTTENBE PASSPORT” at Shima Onsen Association, take a stroll out around the footbaths and public baths.
The café & souvenir shop “Okinaya” has a free footbath.
Enjoy the footbath while sampling the shop’s selection of sweets and confectionaries.
“Hinatammi Yakushi footbath” with log chairs (nearby Hinatami Yakushi Dou temple).
Treat your feet to a nice rest after walking up the slopes.
Not only a footbath, the area also features a natural spring water fountain from which visitors are welcome to drink..
The footbath was out of order when I visited, which was a good reminder that it’s always better to check the access information in advance.
And the other footbath, D: Yamaguchi Kawane footbath along the riverside.
Footbaths would be nice for someone don't feel right about getting in public baths.
Shima Onsen has 6 public baths.
2 of the 6 are municipal baths (400-500JPY), while the others are free public baths.
“Gomusonoyu” is nearby Hinatami Yakushi temple.
“Kawaranoyu”is located beside the bus stop “Shima Onsen”.
“Kaminoyu”is a 5-minute walk from the “Yamaguchi” parking area.
And the others,
H: Municipal bath “Shima Seiryunoyu” (10:00-21:00/500JPY)
I: Municipal bath “Koshikinoyu” (10:00-17:00/400JPY)
It is also enjoyable to tour around the hot spring baths with appreciating their natural features and scenery.
As previously mentioned, one of the drinking fountains is at Hinatami Yakushi nearby the footbath.
The other one is “Shionoyu”.
You’ll have no trouble finding restrooms since there are several public restrooms.
What’s more, several shops and hotels display signs which read “Feel free to ask to use a restroom” outside.
It is especially gratifying to spend some relax time at the hotel room, while also enjoying walks around the footbaths or public baths between shopping and eating.
Additionally, some hotels open their hot spring baths to guests not staying at the hotel.
In the next installment we’ll walk around Shima Onsen village and explore some of the sightseeing spots. Don’t miss it!
An Old Style Trip to Shima Hot Spring vol.1 [Aboard the comfort bus “Shima Onsen GO”]
An Old Style Trip to Shima Hot Spring vol.3 [Taking a Stroll through Retro Town]
An Old Style trip to Shima Hot Spring vol.4 [Spending Pleasant time at Your Accommodations: Onsen, Tatami Mats & Buffet] with a Featured Hotel List
An Old Style Trip to Shima Hot Spring vol.5 [Local specialties, gifts and souvenirs]