Historical background

From ancient times, Yugawara’s onsen water has been called “Yakushi no Yu” (the Healing Buddha’s onsen), and the place has prospered as a health resort for hot spring cures.
The healing effects of the onsen led Yugawara to be designated as a health resort for sick and wounded soldiers during the Sino-Japanese and Russo-Japanese Wars, and the name of this noted onsen became known all over the country. Yugawara has many traditional ryokans which retain the atmosphere of secret onsen waters even now.
Especially since the Meiji era, many writers and artists have visited Yugawara to relax and heal their fatigue from work. They left many works in this area, and made Yugawara even more famous.
Yugawara Onsen is also mentioned in Manyoshu, Japan’s oldest anthology of waka poems compiled during the Nara era. Manyoshu is also Japan’s oldest and greatest collection of nationally popular songs made in the Nara era, that is, about 1,300 years ago.
Please enjoy the sights of noted places and relics of historic interest that are still preserved in their original forms.

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