Yunomine Onsen is a remote mountain village that is considered one of Japan's oldest onsen towns.
Tucked away in the Kii mountains of Wakayama , the hostels and inns here have long provided respite for those trekking the ancient Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Route . Immersion in one of Yunomine's many hot spring baths offers relief for both body and soul.
- A private bath in Tsuboyu, the only UNESCO World Heritage-listed hot spring in the world
- Boiling fresh eggs in the public hot spring cooking basin
- A night in a historical inns
According to legend, the village owes its wealth of medicinal waters to the Buddha of healing, Yakushi Nyorai. There is a statue of Yakushi Nyorai inside the local temple Tokoji, and keen observers will notice a hole in its chest. It is said that fountains of water came gushing from this opening and that from there the original name of the area was born: Yunomune, "Chest of Hot Water."
Buses from Shingu Station take around one hour to reach the village. Get off at the Yunomine Onsen bus stop.
Alternatively, take the slightly longer bus ride from JR Kii-Tanabe Station. Yunomine Onsen is located along the same bus route that brings you to Hongu Taisha, as well as several other hot spring sites.