Okayama Castle is in Okayama City, which was the location of...
Takebe Town, Okayama
A healing hot spring with a delightful view
Yahata Onsen was a delight to discover.
Nestled in the picturesque town of Takebe with a majestic view of the Asahi River, it is indeed a refreshing and relaxing spot.
Yahata Onsen – view from the road
Display of Okayama crafts
With separate facilities for men and women, one can choose from the communal bath, open-air pool, sauna or the indoor bath which overlooks the sky and stars – gorgeous!
entrance to the onsen (male-female)
Private Bath Exclusive for 1 group
Inside the onsen
Great for families
There is also a private family-style bath with spring water straight from the source.
Spring water fresh from source
I thoroughly enjoyed the foot bath outside while listening to the gentle waves rolling by the Asahi river.
Video -Foot Bath
A vending machine inside the onsen hot spring carrying bottled milk brought back nostalgic memories of my childhood where the milkman would come by delivering fresh milk in glass bottles.
I think the milk tastes more delicious this way (good things come in glass) ^_^
Milk vending machine
After soaking in this onsen hot spring, I felt my muscles relax and the stress melt away. Having milk in a bottle afterwards made for a perfect day.
Milk in glass bottles
Massage chair overlooking the garden
Yahata Onsen has a restaurant that serves meals daily, using fresh ingredients sourced from around the area. The dining room offers an impressive view of Takebe town, with the mountains and the Asahi river completing the backdrop.
Onsen（Left） ＋ Asahi River View
Every now and then, the train headed for Tsuyama can be seen on the railway tracks crossing the river, its bright red finish a striking and marvelous display.
A shop inside the hot spring complex offers visitors the chance to sample local delicacies (try Takebe yogurt, hand-roasted coffee, jam, miso and honey) as well as Takebe Yahata Onsen beer.
Items inside the shop
Takebe Yogurt – Peach, Muscat Grape, Original
I was quite amused to see the quaint gasoline station-like stand in the parking area. It turned out to be a pump where water from the onsen (hot spring) can be taken home. Coffee tastes good brewed with this natural onsen (hot spring) water!
Spring water available here
Spring water pump
Time passes beautifully in the hot spring and around the Takebe area, and the changing colors of the season allow for deep thought and reflection.
Takebe Town – Oil on canvass
Day trips to Yahata Onsen are possible, as it is less than an hour’s drive from the Okayama city center and is easily accessible by train (JR line). The onsen has accommodation options available for guests looking to stay overnight or more, and a heritage house (now an inn) dating back to the Meiji era is within walking distance to the hot spring.
Aside from Takebe Yahata Onsen, a number of attractions and interesting places (the yogurt factory, a fish center and a collection of traditional toys and dolls from all over Japan) are within reach. It is recommended to stay at least one night to fully savor what the town has to offer.
Amazing scenery, fresh air, delicious cuisine and more make for a wonderful experience in Takebe town.
Discover this healing hot spring right in Okayama City.
Surrounded by nature ~ relax, recover and rejuvenate at Takebe Yahata Onsen!
510-1 Takebecho Takebekami, Kita-ku, Okayama City, Okayama Prefecture 709-3142
• 15 minutes on foot from Fukuwatari Station (JR Tsuyama line)*
• 50 minutes from JR Okayama Station*
*There is a bus (4-minute ride) that takes guests from Fukuwatari Station to the onsen, hourly schedule.
Car / Self-drive
20 minutes from Momotaro International Airport (Okayama) – via Route 53, 61, 71 or 72 on the national highway
45-60 minutes’ drive from Okayama City, on Route 53 on the national highway (Okayama Interchange)
Hot spring (onsen) 10:00 – 21:00 (open every day)
Restaurant (open all week except Tuesday) 11:00 – 14:00
Onsen (hot spring):
Adults (12 years old and above) – JPY 660
Elementary school children JPY 400
Infants and younger children – free
Family / private bath:
JPY 2,000 (for 4 people)*, infants and toddlers – free
*for each additional person in excess of 4 – JPY500/adult, JPY400/child
Meals range from JPY 770 – JPY 1,350
Ice cream also available
The onsen (hot spring) has rooms available for day use or overnight stay.
The following properties are within 10 minutes’ walk from the onsen:
There is ample parking space on the onsen grounds for those coming by car.
Website: https://www.yahataonsen.jp/ (Japanese)