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Tamatsukuri Onsen Hot Springs

Nothing beats a soak in natural hot springs, but Tamatsukuri Onsen is especially renowned as one of Shimane Prefecture's top spas, famous for its healing effects on skin. The story of its healing powers go back more than 1,300 years, when an ancient book recorded that just one soak could rejuvenate skin and a second soak could heal disease. Today Tamatsukuri Onsen's waters are considered to have more skin moisturizing effects than any other onsen in Japan. The alkalinity of the water reportedly helps to remove old keratin and dirt while possessing moisturizing properties similar to those found in skincare cosmetics.

Needless to say, the spa resort is especially popular among young women. Located in the mountains, the small hot-spring village consists of Japanese inns, hotels, restaurants, souvenir shops and free public footbaths picturesquely straddling both sides of the Tamayu River. Popular souvenirs include bottles of the curative water taken right from the springs and other skin care products. Because of its long history and healing properties, Tamatsukuri Onsen is often called the "hot springs of the gods."