Nikko Yumoto
Onsen-ji ****

The Buddhist temple of the hot spring in Nikko


Onsen-ji is a Buddhist temple of the hot spring in Oku-nikko the lake Yunoko. The origin is very old, and according to guidance of Onsen-ji, it was known from the 9th century.

The statue of Buddha of Onsen- ji had the basis on the top of the mountain (Onsen-ga-take) at the back. The small Buddhist temple collapsed by the typhoon in 1966. Also miraculously, the statue of Buddha existed on the rock without breaking. Since this had moved people, they planned to revive the small Buddhist temple. Onsen-ji revived in the present position in 1973.

Simultaneously, the bathroom of a hot spring is made by the office and this temple is famous as "a Buddhist temple with a hot spring." Rinno-ji in lake Chuzenji has managed the temple, and Onsen-ji is the branch.


Tochigi prefecture Nikko city Yumoto


Onsen-ji is managing by a Buddhist priest and his wife.
Since a bathtab is narrow, visitors are guided in order. He takes care of visitors. The water is cloudy and is somewhat hot. A green hill at the back can watch from a window, and the twitter of a bird can also be heard. I felt like being in a secret hot spring.

A hot spring is situated in the office of the Buddhist temple. Visitors wait for order and rest after bathing.
Tea and a rice cracker are served between waiting time.

A local rice cracker

You can be satisfied although a charge is 500 yen.


Business hours 10:00-15:00
Closure day Business is done except when the employee of Onsen-ji is off duty.
August will be having no holiday.
It is closed down from the end of November to the middle of March.
Charge 500 yen

Stay is also possible summer.


Get down from a Nikko Utsunomiya highway by Kiyotaki IC, and go to Oku-nikko via the national highway No. 120 (Konsei road). Turn left in the lake Yunoko. Onsen-ji is in the end of the hotel town. The car parking space of the visitor center is large. (No charge)
The car parking space in the entrance of Onsen-ji is for souvenir stores.

Visit Day: 1998 July


The fountainhead of a Yumoto hot spring is jusut near Onsen-ji. Some springing points are in a marshy place. The springing points are under the roof. Onsen-ji is seen in the distance.

The origin of the fountainhead

It is based on the guidance board of Nikko-shi. : About discovery of a Yumoto hot spring, data are not deficiently certain. According to a report, Saint Katsudo who reclaimed Nikko discovered this hot spring in 788. He named the mountain in back Onsen- ga-take, and named the hot spring Yakusi-yu.

The ice cream of Kotoku pasture

While returning from Lake Yunoko to Lake Chuzennji, the Kotoku pasture is near the Senjo-ga-hara. Since the ice cream of this was famous, we dropped in. In order that tourists buy it, they has stood in a line. The ice cream is delicious.

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