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The hot spring water of Takeo Onsen is clear and soft to the touch. It is an ancient Hot-spring area, dating back over 1200 years. It is said that the deified empress Jingu bathed here on the way back from the “Sankan Seibatsu” (legendary military invasion of Korea in the 3rd century) and also that when she poked the ground with a spear, hot water sprang out. The spring was mentioned in the“Hizen Fudoki (description of the culture and climate of Hizen province)”, which was compiled in the Tenpyo Era (August 729 － April 749). Also, in the Sengoku period (Warring States period), Hideyoshi Toyotomi wrote about it in, “Nyuto Kokoroe (Bathing Etiquette)”.
The ro-mon (red coated two-storied gate), which was designed by a renowned architect in the Meiji Era, Kingo Tatsuno, is at the entrance of the hot spring area. The gate has become the symbol of Takeo onsen. In addition, there are some private bathrooms, which were built in the Edo Era in the joint bathhouses, they are called the “Tonosama Buro” (Lord’s Bath), because some important people had bathed there, such as the feudal lords of Nabeshima and Siebold （Philip Franz von Siebold）etc.
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