A one-day trip to Shizuoka’s hidden region. Vol. 3: Get smooth and moisturized skin at Bijo-dsukuri-no-yu, or the“bath for beauty!”

The town in the Sumatakyo Onsen area runs this outdoor hot spring.
Known as Bijin-no-yu, or the “bath for beauty, this onsen is famous for its effects on moisturizing and smoothening the skin.



The purest onsen health resort in Japan

After looking around the Sumatakyo promenade, let’s soak in a hot spring and refresh ourselves.
The previous article→A one-day trip to Shizuoka’s hidden region. Vol.2: It’s a thrill to make a wish on the “Bridge of dreams”!

The Sumatakyo Onsen area has been cherished as a natural hot spring area since it was founded in 1962. They have three main rules, no geisha or hostesses, no neon-signs, and no sign boards in the mountain areas. They are all used to keep the elegance and order since the beginning of this old hot spring area. For these reasons, Sumatakyo is still a calm and peaceful place. There are 10 hotels, each with an onsen. There is also 1 outdoor onsen that is managed by the town, where you can bathe without the need to stay at a hotel. Let’s take a look.



You need to buy a ticket here. The fee is 400 yen, and 200 yen for a towel if you desire.


The left hand side is for women, and the right side is men, both with an area to relax.



Bijo-dsukuri-no-yu moisturizes and smoothens your skin.

The landmark of this onsen area is the monument of gazelle. Climb up the hill past the monument, and you’ll find the town managed onsen called Bijo-dsukuri-no-yu (美女づくりの湯). Bijo-dsukuri or,“beauty making”sounds very appealing to women!
The source of the onsen is rich in hydrogen sulfide and sulfur, both which smoothens and moisturizes your skin… hence the name,“Bijo-dsukuri”.
The curtain just before the bath is so retro, and says“Bijin-yu”. It got me very excited! Enter the changing room, put your belongings into the locker, and there you go!

The small rocky bath has pale blue water that smells of sulfur.
After washing myself, I soaked in the water and was very surprised by its silkiness! This is so good! This hot spring is very close to its source, so you can enjoy a very thick, silky onsen. It feels so good to soak in the water, being surrounded by nature. It will take your fatigue away.


Grab a beer after bathing!

My skin became so moisturized and smooth, that I didn’t need to use any lotion or cream. I’m so happy! I also found this local beer with a cute label on it and reminisced about my SL train ride while sipping it. This felt just like heaven! The beer is made with pure water from Mt. Fuji and uses 100% barley malt. The Oigawa-tetsudo-beer tastes so refreshing and is a very smooth beer.


Use“Yuragi-tegata”to tour the onsen.

You can also try other hot springs at the hotels in the Sumatakyo Onsen area. It will depend on how busy they are, so please ask their staff. You can also buy a“Yuragi-tegata”for 1,000 yen that enables you to try three different onsen in the area, including the outdoor“Bijo-duskuri-no-yu. ”. You can buy this magical ticket at souvenir shops or hotels.
Next time, I will introduce to you, a nice historical hotel!


Did I get beautiful?


368-3 Senzu Kawanehon-chō, Haibara-gun, Shizuoka Prefecture

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Address 368-3 Senzu Kawanehon-chō, Haibara-gun, Shizuoka Prefecture
Hours 9:30~18:00(The time may changes according to the season) Adult 400 yen
Access 5 min walk from the bus stop “Sumatakyo Onsen”. Take a bus bound for “Sumatakyo onsen” from Oigawa Railway “Senzu” station.
Phone 0547-59-3985
Website http://www.sumatakyo-spa.com/