UPDATE (March 2017). Ichinoi Ryokan and baths will be closed until later this year while repair work continues on the bathing areas. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
A short,but uphill, stroll from the Visitor Center made me feel as if I had at least earned a relaxing dip at Ryokan Ichinoi (旅館壱の井,number 11 on the English Map). The road was narrow,and lined with bright and cheerful cosmos daisies.
The outdoor baths are reached by two flights of stone steps outside that I wouldn`t really want to try negotiating in the dark or wearing `geta`. It was a weekday morning when I visited,hardly any other onsen-goers around, and within a minute or two of having my card stamped I was already in the bath.
The main thing that struck me here was the eggy smell and the floaty white deposits in the water associated with a suphur hot spring. Although the facilities here are quite basic,with no washing area,soap or shampoo provided, this `no-frills` hot spring felt like the `real thing` and the smell lingered on my skin for some hours after.
In summary…..quite basic and very eggy
Would I visit again? Yes,the sulphur is said to be good for your skin
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