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Ureshino Onsen (쉷) is a hot spring town in southwestern Saga Prefecture. Its clear onsen waters are high in sodium bicarbonate and sodium chloride and feel extremely smooth on skin, giving rise to its popularity as a "Bihada no Yu" (lit. beautiful skin waters).

Visitors to Ureshino can try the local waters at the Siebold-No-Yu, a public bath house with gender-segregated pools, named after the 19th century German scientist who enjoyed bathing in the town during his stay in Japan. Furthermore, there are over 30 hotels and ryokan, many of which open their hot spring baths to non-staying guests during the daytime for typically 600 to 1100 yen. Ureshino is also famous for its tea and boiled tofu (yudofu).

Getting there and around

Ureshino Onsen is a station along the Nishikyushu Shinkansen. From Fukuoka's Hakata Station, take the "Relay Kamome" limited express train (60 minutes) and Nishikyushu Shinkansen (7 minutes) via Takeo Onsen to Ureshino Onsen. The entire one way trip takes about 70 minutes, costs around 4,000 to 4,500 yen and is fully covered by the Japan Rail Pass and the Kyushu Rail Pass. From Nagasaki, the ride takes 25 minutes and costs around 3000 yen.