Hello, this is _hiroyuki.ta.
I rode a motorcycle and went on a tour to Tamagawa Onsen in Yamanashi Prefecture.
This time, we will introduce the charms of Tamagawa Onsen and things to keep in mind when visiting by bike.
What is Tamagawa Onsen?
Tamagawa Onsen is a hot spring located in Kai City, Yamanashi Prefecture.
The source is one of the most alkaline simple hot springs in Japan, with a pH value of 10.5, which is extremely alkaline.
It is said to be effective in recovering from fatigue, beautifying skin, and treating rough skin.
Tamagawa Onsen is also a historic hot spring that has been selected as one of Japan’s top three hot springs.
Route to Tamagawa Onsen
It takes about 2 hours from central Tokyo to Tamagawa Onsen by expressway.
The starting point is from Tokyo Station’s Yaesu Exit and take the Chuo Expressway to Kofu Showa IC.
From Kofu Showa IC, take National Route 20 towards Tamagawa Onsen and arrive at Tamagawa Onsen in about 30 minutes.
Highlights of Tamagawa Onsen
The highlight of Tamagawa Onsen is its alkaline simple hot spring.
The hot springs at Tamagawa Onsen are clear and colorless, and have a thick texture.
Tamagawa Onsen also has various types of hot springs, including large public baths, open-air baths, and private baths.
Tamagawa Onsen motorcycle parking lot
Tamagawa Onsen has a parking lot in front of the store that you can use.
Parking fee is free.
Tamagawa Onsen is also a recommended spot for motorcycle touring.
You can spend a fulfilling time relaxing in the simple alkaline hot springs and enjoying the rich nature.
There are also plenty of tourist spots around Tamagawa Onsen, such as Shosenkyo Gorge and Fujikawa Craft Park, so why not visit them when touring?