[Stream of the Times] Auto-restaurant Nagashima, Nagashima Onsen (Closed)

When do you think hot springs are forced to close?

It is terribly sorry to see favorite hot springs shut down, but I have experienced such farewells several times.

More and more hot springs are facing difficulties in changing in times.

In May 2017, Auto-restaurant Sora reopened at the same place, but still the hot spring remains closed.


A botanical garden, Nabana No Sato would be a winner, where introduces extensive illumination in winter, when the number of visitors usually decreases.

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Photo by Miyuki Kobayashi – 7242 *** (2012) / CC BY-ND 2.0

Heavy traffic jams are often caused around the garden.


Meanwhile, there is a hot spring disappeared silently.


Auto-restaurant Nagashima closed at the end of March 2017.

An auto-restraint is a kind of old business category that started in the 1970s, and serves meals to long-distant truckers for 24 hours.

However, as the growth of fast-food chains, many auto-restaurants were forced to close, except for some cases that offered additional values.

Among them, Auto-restaurant Nagashima was a wonderful place where you could enjoy easily the excellent nature of Nagashima Onsen.

Indoor Bath

Contrary to the old-fashioned appearance of the facility, the bathrooms were cleanly.

There were three tubs in the indoor bath.

Extremely hot water was poured into the right tub, and muscular truckers were enjoying the water not worrying much about the temperature.

Pot Bath

The characteristic spring with aromatic peat smell was also poured into a pot tub outside.

Near a busy highway, traffic noise was loud in the open-air bath.

Scenery from Pot Bath 

At opposite side of the parking lot, there is another hot spring for walk-in, “Kurhaus Nagashima”, where the same company maintains, but it seems to become decrepit.

Does diversification of individual value make hot springs less attractive?

The closure of Auto-restaurant was deeply regretful to me, as everyone could enjoy the excellent nature of the spring.



Cleanly bathhouse contrary to the appearance of the facility


Old-fashioned appearance that reject visitors excerpt for long-distance tracker and locals people

Auto-restaurant Nagashima (Closed), Nagashima Onsen, Mie, Japan
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