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Fukunoyu Onsen Nagasaki


Last week I was feeling rather tired and I had no energy to go sightseeing in Nagasaki. One of my colleagues invited me to join him to a local hot spring, called onsen in Japanese, that is located halfway up Mount Inasa. Fukunoyu, meaning good fortune spring, must be one of the most beautiful hot springs I have visited in Japan so far (trust me I’m a huge onsen lover, so I’ve seen plenty)!

Inside the facility you will find indoor and outdoor baths, sauna’s, steam rooms, bubble baths and other baths in all shapes and sizes. The public baths are separated in a male and female bath, but it is possible to rent a private room with a small onsen if you want to share the experience with a friend of the opposite gender. Temperatures are being shown for each bath by a digital thermometre, they are either extremely hot or very cold! In the changing room area you will find vending machines with drinks, towels, razors and other small necessities in case you have forgotten to bring your own.

The outdoor bath has the most breathtaking view of Nagasaki and is especially worth experiencing during sunset and at night. After shortly trying out all the other baths and scrubbing my pale skin with salt into a lobster-red-state at one of the sauna’s, I spent most of my time looking at the twinkling city lights.

 

I returned back to the ground floor all refreshed and relaxed (still extremely red though) and spent a good hour in the common tatami room with a drink. In the main area you will find relaxing chairs, restaurants, food stands, souvenir shops and plenty of vending machines. After enjoying dinner at one of the restaurants we took the free bus back to Casa Noda.


Sorry for not having a lot of photos to show of the hot spring. As everyone is naked it is of course prohibited to take any photos inside the bathing area. After bathing I was so relaxed and sleepy that I didn’t think at all about taking some more of the common areas either.

How to access Fukunoyu onsen: Take the free 20-minute shuttle bus from Nagasaki JR Station. The entrance fee is ¥800 for adults and ¥400 for children. The hot spring is opened from 9:30 a.m. until 1 a.m. Sunday – Thursday & from 9:30 a.m. until 2 a.m. Friday – Saturday.

For more information, please check Fukunoyu’s website (Japanese only): http://www.fukunoyu.com/nagasaki_fukunoyu.html or ask one of Casa Noda’s staff members!

-Maike

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