Are there any relation between the bubble economy and hot springs?
During the bubble years, many recreation facilities including hot springs were developed across Japan.
However, quite a lot of these were abandoned in financial difficulties afterward.
This hot spring went out of business, even though it hardly did the business, and after a long interval of silence, it was perfectly renovated and you can enjoy the glorious ocean view from the spring with unique color…
The Farthest Edge of Shikoku Island
The most popular hot springs in Shikoku Island is Dogo Onsen, where Soseki Natsume, one of the most famous novelists, set the story in “Botachan.”
Other than this, there are few hot springs in this island.
Nonetheless, some unique hot springs are scattered across the island.
Today’s destination is south-west of Kouchi; the farthest edge of the island.
There is a building with exotic atmosphere on the hill at the mouth of the Shimanto River.
Because of the aftereffects of the burst bubble, this facility had been abandoned for about ten years.
However, it was renovated nicely, so that it looks a brand-new facility from the appearance.
The rate for walk-in is 500 yen.
Let us move to the bathhouse, going through the darkish lobby,
I saw “legacy of the bubble era” in the old-fashioned lobby.
Brilliant brown and deep blue
When you walk out of the dressing room, you will find brilliant brown water in the tub!
In the same direction of eyes, there is glories view of the Shimanto River and the Pacific Ocean with deep blue, which enhances beautiful contract.
Indeed, there are many “scenic” hot springs, but most of them have unremarkable view from the tubs.
In that respect, the scenery from Yamamizuki can be said as excellent.
Unfortunately, small amount of water is being poured into the tub.
Furthermore, it is artificially heated, because water temperature of the source is only 79 degrees.
Despite these weak points, here is still attractive, because of the characteristic nature of the spring, which has a high salt content, and the glorious view of the Pacific Ocean.
Unique nature of spring in Shikoku Island, and excellent scenery
Additional tubs with unheated water required, even if they are small
|Yamamizuki, Shimanto Onsen, Kouchi, Japan|
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It takes one-hour drive from Yamamizuki.
There is an unusual “DIY” hot spring.
You need to pump up the cold spring from a tank to the tub, and you need to fire up to heat the water by yourself.
When soaking in this primitive hot spring, I recalled the old Chinese poem: the country is destroyed; yet mountains and rivers remain.