Sabakoyu Onsen

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Sabakoyu Onsen
Sabakoyu Onsen during the Meiji Era
Sabakoyu Onsen before its renovation in 1993
Sabakoyu Onsen's landmark water tower

The Sabakoyu Onsen (鯖湖湯 or "Mackerel Lake Hot Spring") in Iizaka, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan is the oldest community onsen in the country.[1] Sabakoyu Onsen was originally spelled 佐波来湯 when, according to legend, Yamato Takeru, prince of the Yamato dynasty and son of Keikō of Yamato, the 12th Emperor of Japan, visited the area and bathed in the hot springs. In doing so, his sickness was cured. Matsuo Bashō, a famous Edo period poet, visited Sabakoyu onsen in 1689. The original building was constructed in 1890 and the present day structure was built in 1993.


  1. ^ Remembering the Spa (brochure).


  • Iizaka Onsen, Meiji Era Community - Remembering the Spa (brochure), Fukushima City: Fukushima City Touring Promotion Co., 2006 

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