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The highlights of of KUNIMI ONSEN "ISHIZUKA RYOKAN," a very popular ONSEN for the beautiful emerald green ONSEN! Enjoy with your five sences! You will "see, taste, smell, hear, and feel" the greatness!

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The outdoor bath of KUNIMI ONSEN ISHIZUKA RYOKAN in IWATE
A typical color of hot springs that we dream of soaking in comfortably is normally milky white, but there are different colors seen at different hot springs. There are blue, red, and even black. The color of hotspring is the creation of nature and we are always amazed with the power of the nature.

The ONSEN we are introducing here is "green." It is a very unique ONSEN that shines in "emerald green" color. It is a very rare color for ONSEN, it is hard to find other places even look all over in the nation.

The ONSEN where we can experience the beautiful color is "KUNIMI ONSEN" in TOWADA HACHIMANTAI National park, which is located at the foot of AKITA KOMAGATAKE, at the border between Iwate and Akita prefectures.

There are three hotels in "KUNIMI ONSEN" and "ISHIZUKA RYOKAN" introduced here is located in the middle of the three.
It is one of the hotels that is a member of "Association of Japanese Secret ONSEN Conservation" and it is very popular among ONSEN experts as well.

KUNIMI ONSEN is a hot spring that prospered since GENROKU ERA (1688-1704) as a spa for NANBU clan. it is located deep in the mountains that it is open for a limited season from "May through November" every year, and it is a very popular place that some people keep visiting repeatedly using the ISHIBASHI RYOKAN's "cook your own meal" plan.

Here is the information of a famous historic ONSEN that shines in "emerald green" color.


KUNIMI ONSEN "ISHIZUKA RYOKAN" in IWATE - Contents -



1,Enjoy with your five sences! A famous hot spring that shines in "emerald green" color, "KUNIMI ONSEN''!
2,The spring quality of "KUNIMI ONSEN ISHIZUKA RYOKAN"
3,Basic information of "KUNIMI ONSEN ISHIZUKA RYOKAN" in IWATE
4,Reviews of "KUNIMI ONSEN ISHIZUKA RYOKAN"
5,Access to "KUNIMI ONSEN ISHIZUKA RYOKAN"
6,Comments from YU〜NAVI NEWS Editorial dept.


1,Enjoy with your five sences! A famous hot spring that shines in "emerald green" color, "KUNIMI ONSEN''!




Quote:instagram/yuma.loearthsさん

The secret to the color of the water of "KUNIMI ONSEN" that shines in a beautiful "emerald green" color are the mineral contents such as ionic componenents and calcium carbonate that are diffused by sunlight and other natural conditions.
For that reason, they that the color of the spring water changes according to seasons or the weather such as rain.

Whatever the reason, the color of the spring water is so green and beautiful as if an artificial bathing powder is used to make the color.

Outdoor hot spring at ISHIZUKA RYOKAN IWATE KUNIMI ONSEN in IWATE
Quote:Official site of "KUNIMI ONSEN ISHIZUKA RYOKAN" /http://www5.famille.ne.jp/~kunimihp/

Sometimes, the spring water turns to light blue like this.

Also, there are a lot of "YUNOHANA (sinter) at the bottom of the hot spring that you would wonder what they are.
The "YUNOHANA" is believed to have medical effects more than the hot spring, and it is available at the shop for purchase.

In addition, drinking the spring water is believed to have a great effect on gastrointestinal disorder, but many people say;"

"It is so bitter that you will spit out your first sip!"

If you don't believe their words, make sure you try it.
You wil totally agree to their words and believe their words are totally true, saying "HONMA-YA (really) !"


Quote:instagram/koujioshimaさん

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There is an outdoor hot spring in a location, a little distant from the hotel building, and it is mixed bathing. If you are not comfortable to go there during daytime, night time is recommended. It is really quiet and relaxing under a dim light; a very peaceful environment. It will be a special experience of your visit.

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If you don't like the mixed bathing, there is another outdoor hot spring only for women available.
It is smaller than the mixed bathing one, but you can experience the same secret hot spring atomosphere as the larger one.
Of course, the quality of spring water is the same.

In addition, there are other characteristics of this KUNIMI ONSEN's spring water that shines in "emerald green" color as below!

The emerald green outdoor hot spring at KUNIMI ONSEN in IWATE
Quote:Official site of "KUNIMI ONSEN ISHIZUKA RYOKAN" /http://www5.famille.ne.jp/~kunimihp/

"Towels will turn to black color if you leave them in the hot spring water! "

If you soak in this ONSEN after bathing in ONSEN containing a high amount of minerals, a chemical reaction takes place making our skin and towels turn grey or black. Some people witness that their skin color darkened when they took a bath at this ONSEN after going around different hot springs close by.

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Quote:Official site of "KUNIMI ONSEN ISHIZUKA RYOKAN" /http://www5.famille.ne.jp/~kunimihp/

"A thin layer of minerals forms on the surface of ONSEN when the bathtub is not used for a while!?"

In all the bathing areas in KUNIMI ONSEN ISHIZUKA RYOKAN, a thin layer of mineral components form when the bathtub has been empty for a certain amount of tiime. It is a very rare experience to go into the bathtub with such mineral layer.

As you can see, the fascination of "KUNIMI ONSEN ISHIZUKA RYOKAN," is that all visitors can enjoy the famous ONSEN that satisfies all of their five sences, "seeing, tasting, smelling, hearing, and feeling"!

It is a very popular among ONSEN experts, it is a must-visit ONSEN for everyone!


2,Spring quality of "KUNIMI ONSEN ISHIZUKA RYOKAN"




Quote:instagram/saka_thanさん

Spring quality:Sulfur containing-Sodium-Hydrogen carbonate
Spring temperature:50℃
Yield of spring water:200 L
Medical effects:

Chronic digestive disease, Diabetes, Liver disease, Chronic gynecological disease, Neuralgia, Rheumatism, bruise、hemorrhoid, etc.

The characteristic of the hot spring is the high amount of hydrogen carbonate contained.
It is recommended that you don't sit in the hot spring for too long but stay for about 20-30 minutes at a time, repeating a couple of times, taking breaks in between.


3,Basic information of "KUNIMI ONSEN ISHIZUKA RYOKAN" in IWATE



Yurieさん(@k.lily.e)が投稿した写真 -


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Name:Kunimi Onsen Ishizuka Ryokan
English Name:KUNIMI ONSEN ISHIZUKA RYOKAN
Postal code:020-0582
Address:Kunimi Onsen, Shizukuishi-cho Hashiba, Iwate-gun, Iwate
Tel:090-3362-9139
Closed days:Closed during Winter season (November 11th-Early May)
Hours:10:00~16:00

ONSEN Day-trip admission:

※Information as of August 2016

・Adult/500 yen
・Child (Elementary school student and under)/250 yen

ONSEN information:

・Mixed bathing outdoor hot spring bath
・Women only outdoor hot spring bath
・Indoor hot spring bath (Men's and women's baths are separated)

Amenities in ONSEN:

・Shampoo
・Conditioner
・Body soap
etc

Parking:60 lots available

Official site:http://www5.famille.ne.jp/~kunimihp/

Other useful information

・Wearing bath towel is allowed in mixed bathing outdoor hot spring.
・Pets are allowed in hot spring.
・Contact information during the winter season/November 11th~Early May

※Kunimi Onsen Ishizuka Ryokan Winter office
Postal code/020-0530
Address/16 Kamimachi Minami, Shizukuishi-cho, Iwate-gun
Tel/019-692-3355

●Lodging information of KUNIMI ONSEN ISHIZUKA RYOKAN

・One night, 2 meals: 8500 yen~/person (No bathroom in unit/closed during busy season)
・One night, 2meals: 10,000 yen ~/person (With bathroom in unit)
・One night, no meal:2,600 yen/person (You can cook your meal if you bring your food and cooking tools. )

※Above are the estimated minimum fees per person.

Check-in/15:00
Check-out/10:00

※Lodging fees differ according to seasons and packages.
※Reservation is required.
※Please call for reservation.


4,Reviews of "KUNIMI ONSEN ISHIZUKA RYOKAN"



Here are reviews of the famous "KUNIMI ONSEN ISHIZUKA RYOKAN" where visitors can experience a rare ONSEN with green color.

"KUNIMI ONSEN ISHIZUKA RYOKAN" was founded in the late EDO PERIOD and it has a long history of about 200 years. It closes during the winter season (November 11th - early May) due to heavy snow that we can enjoy the beautiful green hot spring only in the summer season. Here are the reviews of people who have actually visited "ISHIZUKA RYOKAN," the popular hotel among many inns in KUNIMI ONSEN area.




Translation:
KUNIMI ONSEN ISHIBASHI RYOKAN. A day-visit fee is 500 yen. Open from 9am to 4pm on weekdays, from 10am to 4pm on Sat and Sun. The smaller, indoor bath felt really good with hot spring temperature of 44℃.




Translation:
KUNIMI ONSEN ISHIZUKA RYOKAN. I always wanted to come here. The hot spring color is so beautiful that I felt hesitant to go in. Sulfur containing-Sodium-Hydrocarbonate
spring. The smell of sulphuretted hydrogen and another strong smell similar to that of asphalt. When you drink the spring water, it is so bitter that I could not finish drinking it. It is a wonderful, powerful ONSEN.



Translation:
"It's not BASUKURIN (meaning, "It is not artificially colored! )! (The color is) so vivid! KUNIMI ONSEN ISHIZUKA RYOKAN"



Translation:
The amount of YUNOHANA (sinter) is unbelievable.
One hand scoop would be this much.
Their YUNOHANA is sticky like a clay!
I want to make a ball with it, dry it, and take it home.




Translation:
KUNIMI ONSEN ISHIZUKA RYOKAN
Hehehe

As we can see from reviews, the color of the hot spring must be so beautiful, some people express that it is too beautiful to bathe in.
Probably we can not find any other ONSEN in this country with such beautiful color.

Contrary to the beautiful green color of this hot spring, the smell of it may be very unique and strong.
It may be an oily smell, it may bother people who do not like smell of oil or petroleum.

However, this ONSEN is very popular among the ONSEN experts, if you are an ONSEN lover, it is an ONSEN worth visiting.


5,Access to "KUNIMI ONSEN ISHIZUKA RYOKAN"





Postal code:020-0582
Address:KUNIMI ONSEN, Shizukuishi-cho Hashiba, Iwate-gun, Iwate
Tel:090-3362-9139
Closed:Winter(from November 11th - early May)
Hours:10:00~16:00

(Train・Bus)
・Take JR Tazawako-sen to "Shizukuishi" station or "Tazawako" station , take taxi (about 30 min).

(Car)
・Take Tohoku Expressway, exit at "MORIOKA IC," take Route 46 to KUNIMI ONSEN (about 50 min)

Around "KUNIMI ONSEN ISHIZUKA RYOKAN" by Google street view





You can see "KUNIMI ONSEN ISHIZUKA RYOKAN" and the surrouding area by Google street view.


6,Comments from YU〜NAVI NEWS Editorial dept.



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The weather at KUNIMI ONSEN is often overcast or foggy and they do not have much sunny days, perhaps because of the high altitude. The hot spring bathing in fog may be another beautiful and special experience.

When we hear of it as a historic spa, some people may expect it as an old ONSEN inn, but "KUNIMI ISHIBASHI RYOKAN" is beautifully remodeled and the bathing areas are very spacy and clean. Also, the beautiful emerald green hot spring is enjoyable not only amazing in vision, but also the tasing and the smell are unique. It is an ONSEN that all of your five sences of "seeing, tasting, smelling, touching, and hearing" will be satisfied.

Located in the deep mountains, the color of woods is beautiful green and the air is very fresh, and drinking water is delicious containing rich menerals. We recommend that you drink the tap water at the ONSEN when you are there.

The cold and delicious water will refresh your body and soul.
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