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Yamaga Onsen

"Tastes of JAPAN by ANA" is a regional vitalization project that collaborates with the different prefectures in Japan to present the Land of the Rising Sun in all of its diverse glory.

The hot spring of Yamaga Onsen is known for its skin-beautifying effects. The resort town evokes the atmosphere of Japan in the Edo period (1603-1868) when it prospered as a post town on the Buzen Kaido Road. There is much to see, such as the Yachiyo-za Playhouse built in 1910 and the Sakurayu Onsen bathhouse that was revived decades after its closure.

Yachiyo-za Playhouse, an Important Cultural Property of Japan

A playhouse with a retro atmosphere, Yachiyo-za was established by local businessmen in 1910 and made Yamaga a popular destination. However, the playhouse got left behind in the times and was abandoned, until it was revived by the residents in 2001. A guided tour of the resurrected playhouse is also available.

Yamaga lanterns

The Yamaga lantern is a delicate craft made from washi, or traditional Japanese paper, that has been manufactured since ancient times around the city of Yamaga. It is an elaborate reproduction of actual buildings in 1:20 to 1:30 scale using only washi and glue. One such artwork is the Kanatoro (golden lantern), which is worn on a woman’s head when dancing in the Yamaga Lantern Festival, a summer feature of Yamaga. There is also a tour program that includes both a tour of Yachiyo-za and watching the Yamaga Lantern Dance. Travel back in time as you watch the beautiful lantern dance in a special atmosphere.

Location

Name Yamaga Onsen
Website https://yamaga-tanbou.jp.e.zh.hp.transer.com/genre/onsen/
Address 510-2 Chuo-dori, Yamaga-shi, Kumamoto
Access Approximately 50 minutes' drive from Aso Kumamoto Airport
Inquiries TEL: 0968-43-2952 (Yamaga Onsen Tourism Association)

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