Nasu Onsen (ߐ{) is a pleasantly old-fashioned, spread-out hot spring resort on the slopes of Mount Nasudake, a highland area also referred to as the Nasu Highlands (ߐ{, Nasu Kōgen). The center of the resort is the hot spring town of Yumoto, halfway up the mountain. Nasu's hot spring baths were discovered during the Nara Period (710-784) and have been highly regarded for their restorative properties ever since.

Mount Nasudake is also a popular hiking destination. A ropeway leads to within a 45 minute hike of the summit. A variety of other hiking trails cover the mountain slopes, and a pedestrian suspension bridge offers nice views out over the trees. Azalea bushes flower around Nasu Onsen in late May, while the autumn colors peak in early to mid October.

Public baths

The following is an incomplete list of hot spring baths that are open to the public. Some ryokan in the area also open up their baths to non-staying visitors during daytime for a small fee.

  • Shika no Yu••
    Hours: 8:00 to 18:00 (entry until 17:30)
    Closed: irregular closing days
    Admission: 500 yen
  • Omaru Onsen Ryokan••
    Daytime hours: 11:30 to 14:30 (some irregular closing days)
    Daytime admission: 1000 yen
    Overnight stay: From around 22,000 yen per person including two meals
  • Yuyu Tengoku
    Hours: 10:00 to 21:00 (entry until 20:00)
    Closed: irregular closing days
    Admission: 1000 yen (weekdays), 1500 yen (weekends and holidays)

Other attractions

  • Nasu Ropeway
    Hours: 8:30 to 16:30 (varies seasonally)
    Closed: early December to mid March
    Admission: 1200 yen (one way), 1800 yen (round trip)
  • Murder Stone
  • Heisei no Mori (Heisei Forest)
    Hours: 9:00 to 16:30 (until 17:00 in May, July and August)
    Closed: Wednesdays (or next day if Wednesday is a national holiday)
    Admission: Free
  • Tsutsuji Suspension Bridge
  • Azalea Fields

Ratings:    best of the best    best of Japan    outstanding

Getting there and around

Hourly buses operate from Nasu-Shiobara Station via Kuroiso Station to Nasu Onsen. From April to November, buses go all the way to the Nasu Ropeway Station (75 minutes, 1430 yen), while from December to March they only travel as far as Nasu Yumoto (50 minutes, 1020 yen).

How to get to and around Nasu-Shiobara