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For those looking to bathe in an unique colored onsen, we've picked something just for you! Enjoy our choices of hot springs with really cool complexions and truly unique to Kyushu.

Onsen in Blue

Yufuin Onsen (Yufu : Oita prefecture)

This onsen region expands through the basin of Yufuin. It is also nicknamed the Karuizawa of Kyushu and boasts the second highest amount of spring water being yielded in the country. With lots of greens and the mother nature all around, it is truly a place of beauty.

The region's simple-thermal chloride springs are known to have benefits for neuralgia, muscle soreness, joint mains, low blood pressure, as well as fatigue. This translucent-blue hot water should feel very mild and smooth on your skin.

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Takenoyu Onsen (Oguni Town, Aso District : Kumamoto prefecture)

Takenoyu is one of Aso Oguni Waita Onsen locations consisting of Hagenoyu, Takenoyu, Yamakawa, Asozuru, Jigokudani, and Suzugatani. Nicknamed Joki no Sato, the area tucked deep in the mountains of Waita near the Kumamoto-Oita border is continuously steaming from the evaporating hot springs from the ground.

TThe milky blue hot spring contains sodium chloride and said to have benefits for neuralgia, low blood pressure, and fatigue.

Equipped also with several open-air baths for relaxation with a spectacular view of the mountains.

Onsen in Yellow

Ukenokuchi Onsen (Kokonoe Town, Kusu District : Oita prefecture)

Ukenokuchi Onsen is one of the nine Kokonoe-Kyuto onsen locations along with Kabeyu, Kawazoko, Ryumon, Yutsubo, Sujiyu, Housenji, Chojabaru, and Kannojigoku.

Discovered in 1625, the hot spring eventually rose to prominence after renowned novelist Yasunari Kawabata lodged here.

Thanks to recently-opened Kokone "Yume" Otsuruhashi Suspension Bridge, there has been a rise of day-trip visitors frequenting the onsen.

The hot spring here contains sodium and magnesium sulfate, giving off that sparkling yellowish color. Health benefits said to include for arteriosclerosis, chronic dermatitis, cuts and burns.

Onsen in Red

Yumigahama Onsen (Kamiamakusa : Kumamoto prefecture)

When discovered in 1996, this spring spewed out nothing but bloody red hot water. It now varies from reddish or yellowish tone depending on the season and the weather.

The hydrogen carbonate spring with 3,340mg of bicarbonate concentration is believed to have benefits for skin disorders, cuts and burns. As you dip in the tub, you should feel the bubbles hugging your skin as if the healing components are being absorbed into your body.

Ondake Onsen (Fukue : Nagasaki prefecture)

Ondake Onsen is surrounded deep in the highlands and the nature of Fukue Island, one of Goto Islands located 100km east of Nagasaki City.

The reddish brown chloride spring contains sodium, magnesium, calcium, and iron - said to have benefits for skin disorders, cuts, burns, neuralgia, sore muscles, and others. It also retains heat very well. Because of its high iron content, you would find yourself and your towel with auburn, mud-like residues as you come out of the tub.

Out of the open-air bath here gives some spectacular views of the surrounding nature. You can catch the last leg of the sun setting on Japan as well as the night sky filled with nothing but the stars.

Onsen in White

Kojigoku Onsen (Unzen : Nagasaki prefecture)

Discovered in 1731 a little ways from Unzen Onsen district, a few inns and ryokans gather here in Kojigoku Onsen. This sulfur-based spring is known for its distinctive smell and the milky white texture with residues from the spring floating in the tub. It is said to have heath benefits for rheumatism, neuralgia, skin disorders and others.

As the hot water springs up from the ground, it is clear/translucent. As it gets exposed to the air, the color turns pearly. This is caused by the hydrogen sulfide oxidizing and the sulfur releasing sulfur colloid as it starts to dissolve, causing the sun light to scatter in the water.

Myoban Onsen (Beppu : Oita prefecture)

Myoban Onsen is one of the eight hot springs of Beppu, or Beppu Hatto, consisted of Hamawaki, Beppu, Kamegawa, Kannawa, Kankaiji, Horita, Shibaseki, and Myoban. The Beppu Hatto boasts the nation's highest and the world's second highest amount of hot spring water being yielded every year.

Located on the hillside a little away from central Beppu City, the residues from the hot spring in Myoban were first discovered during the Edo period. A colony of thatched roof sheds called Yunohanagoya gathers these residues to concoct bath salts. While the sulfuric odor at the site is undeniable, it still draws many visitors from around the world. There is also an open-air bath here looking over Beppu Bay.

This acidic sulfur/sulfur onsen is highly known to have heath benefits as an Eastern medicine and treatment method. Also equipped with a popular mud bath, the white water hot spring is said to be good for neuralgia, rheumatism, and skin disorders.

The method of collecting minerals employed by Myoban Onsen has been designated as an Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property of Japan.

Onsen in Green

Myoban Onsen (Beppu : Oita prefecture)

Located near the Chikugo River, this unique hot spring is also known as the "moor onsen" because of its composition of organic vegetative substance. It contains fulvic acid which helps rid of toxin in your body and prevent your cells from oxidizing, giving it the nickname the "anti-aging remedy." It is a sodium hydrogen bicarbonate spring containing metasilicic acid which has a moisturizing effect as well, and it should tenderize you while removing excess dead skin cells. This is why this onsen is often called the "hot spring of beauty."

It is a soothing, light green onsen; however, it is unclear as to what gives this particular tone in the water.

Onsen in Black

Hitoyoshi Onsen (Hitoyoshi : Kumamoto prefecture)

There are over 20 communal baths in Hitoyoshi City, and one of them called Shin Onsen was established back in 1931. Tucked in the back alley, the old-school wooden construction gives the charming, retro atmosphere here. The spring was originally dug up with a traditional method called "kazuabori" utilizing bamboo, instead of the modern TBM drilling system.

The spring has the Hitoyoshi staple black/blackish brown color. It is a simple-alkali spring with mineral residues in such colors floating in the tub. It is drinkable and gives a slightly oily and salty taste when consumed. The free-flowing spring is constantly at around 50 degrees Celsius and should provide you with a smooth feel on your skin as you bathe in it.

Yoshimatsu Onsen (Yusui Town : Kagoshima prefecture)

Yusui located near the Miyazaki-Kumamoto border is the home of Maruike named one of Japan's top 100 bodies of water. There are cozy communal baths and ryokans operating near and around Trurumaru Station and Yoshimatsu Station.

Yoshimatsu Onsen is also often referred as Tsurumaru Onsen, which contains organic vegetative matters in its hot spring. The so-called moor onsen gives the translucent black/blackish brown color, and it is considered a sodium bicarbonate spring.

Along with the sweet aroma, the hot tub here should provide a smooth texture on your skin. Health benefits here are said to be good for skin disorders, neuralgia, sore muscles, as well as for gastrointestinal disorders by drinking it or consuming it with food.

Onsen in Brown

Kuju Onsen (Takeda : Oita prefecture)

In Takeda town of Oita Prefecture, in of the corner of Kuju Plateau of Kuju Mountains a hot spring of soil color is springing. The water coming from deep underground is rich in iron; it turns brown when being exposed to the open air. This water is called “Bengara” (red iron oxide); it is mineral enriched hydrogen carbonate spring. It is believed that the water provides recovery from fatigue and neuralgia; besides, after leaving the spring skin is moisturized.

Tsuana Onsen (Miyakonojo : Miyazaki prefecture)

As per Tsuana Hot Spring, it is a secrete spring located in 10 min car ride from Kirishima Shrine along the 31st County Road. The hot spring water contains calcium, hydrogen carbonate, salt, it is brown color and has intense carbonate component. The water is effective against skin diseases, scratches, as well as visceral diseases when taken inside. The hot spring contains iron so the bathtub is colored in orange due to a considerable amount of precipitates. The water has a good reputation for its effectiveness; everyday visitors from the Prefecture and outside it come to bath in Tsuana hot spring.

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