|Arayu Hot Spring
The public bath in Okushiobara hot springs
Arayu Hot Spring was built after Motoshiobara hot spring was destroyed by the earthquake. Naka-no-yu is in the central part of Arayu Hot Spring, and it is near to the crater.
There are many mixed bath in Arayu hot spring. However, Naka-no-yu is not mixed bathing. The ingredient of the water is very strong as it's a natural hot spring. Everybody insert a coin in a slot which is installed at the entrance.
Many people take bath in winter because there is the skiing ground nearby.
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The water smells of sulfur and it is muddy color. I think it is like a Shirahone Hot Spring in Nagano prefecture. The water temperature is very high (about 79 degrees).
If you feel the water very hot, you can add some cold water to the bathtub from faucet. The regular bather says that you take eggs in to hot water for 10 - 15 minuites and they will be hard boiled eggs. The strong sulfur in the water turns the eggshell black.
There are some craters near Naka-no-yu, which is turning on the steam.
The gas of sulfur shoots from the ground around here.
The shrine of hot spring is beside the crater.
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