Kurama is one of the most easily accessible hot springs from Kyoto where you can have a bath outside with trees and mountains around, can relax not only your body but also your mind and blow all your stresses away. This outdoor spa lies at the end of Kurama valley, in the traditional village sloping down from the mountain.
Kurama Onsen on a rainy day
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Kurama onsen offers two kind of bath: indoor and outdoor and please note that Kurama Onsen do not accept guests with tattoos or with food allergies. The indoor bath zone has a small sauna room and three hot pools. One of them named Jacuzzi is filled with bubbles. These pools have different temperatures that can satisfy various needs. Outdoor bath is a popular choice for those who want to experience wild bathing. This zone has only two pools but can give you the unique emotion. The pools are surrounded by very tall cedar trees. When you think of nothing and immerse yourself to the warm water of the pool, all that you can feel is a birdsong, a breeze or the sounds of trees.
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The day trip course is advised for someone who will not stay longer with full use of all facilities including indoor and outdoor bath. You can be provided with face towel, bath towel and yukata and can use the lounge on the second floor, with TV and cotton blankets. Another course is open-air bath only in which you can get shower, soap, shampoo and hair dryer but have to rent towel.
If you feel hungry after hours of bathing, you can visit dining area and check out an English menu upon request to get some delicious food. In Kurama Onsen, party reservation is available with various sets such as Hana with Kamagohan mixed chicken and mountain vegetables, grilled fish, sashimi and soup or Yuki with Kamagohan, grilled fish, sashimi, tempura and soup,..and can last up to 2 hours and 30 minutes.
Mouth of the spring stained white by the sulphur
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On Kurama Onsen, the mouth of the spring is stained white by the sulphur. The water is constantly gushing from the mountain on the east side, about 7 meters underground. According to the Kyoto City Health and Hygiene Research Center, Kurama sulphur hot springs have been certified to contain natural minerals that provide health benefits. It is really good for backaches, beautifying skin and even high blood pressure, nerve problems and even diabetes.