Do you think the newest thing is the best?
A hot spring continues gushing for a long time, so that the facility often looks worn out.
Sometimes it has an interesting flavor.
Pretty Hard to Visit
In 1732, a local lord established a common bath after an extensive construction.
In a few years, the place had to be closed due to the fall in water temperature.
There are some hot springs in the area where local lords had maintained in this way.
Today Komori Onsen has an old Ryokan (inn) and a brand-new lodging facility named “Rurbanist Komori No Sato.”
Today I will visit the inn for walk-in where has been in business since 1954.
This place often closes without prior notices, and I could finally achieve soaking after visiting third times.
When you enter the entrance, you would find the stream of time stopping.
There are several old-fashioned figurines, and the faded green carpet silently show the way to the bathrooms.
The corridor makes groaning noise, and to put it mildly, it looks a junkyard.
It can be said visiting this hot spring is pretty hard.
Looking at toys in glass cases, being faded after the long exposure to the sun, I experienced a strange feeling.
Indeed an old inn that has been carefully maintained is, needless to say, fantastic, but I thought Komori Onsen had also an interesting flavor where was out of step with the times.
Heated water with rotten egg smell
Unexpectedly I met the owner, and entered the bathroom after paying 600 yen to her.
There are two gender-separated indoor bathrooms.
The temperature of the spring source is 84 degrees F, and it is heated and is provided to the left tub.
The water is a little bit chilled in the right tub, but it is still hot.
The windows are very small and are located near the floor, so that the ventilation seems to be insufficient.
For the reason I felt mold odor in the dressing room.
However, the quality of the spring is great with clear hydrogen sulfide smell.
I do not know how long the facility would last, but I would value this pleasant old place.
|Komori Onsen, Kibichuo-cho, Okayama, Japan|