About Momiji no Yu（map）
Furumachi Onsen is one of the most popular hot springs in Shiobara Onsen Village.
There are a lot of nice Ryokan(旅館) in Furumachi Onsen, but the most popular hot springs is a public Konyoku outdoor bath. That is “Momiji no Yu”.
The last time I visited, there was no hot water there as they just had cleaned the bath. This was actually my second
Experience at Momiji no Yu
How to get to Momiji no Yu
You need to park your car in the parking lot of “Shiobara Monogatari Kan”.
Shiobara Monogatari Kan has the same hot spring source as Momiji no Yu, and they have a foot bath.
Momiji no Yu is on the banks of the Hoki River.
You do not need to be worried about being seen in public as there are fences around it.
The leaves were just started turning red an yellow when I visited.
You will cross “Scarlet Bridge” to
get to Momiji no Yu.
You can see maple trees from the bridge.
You take right after you cross the bridge.
The dressing room is on your left.
Experience at Momiji no Yu.
【The shared dressing room】
It is a very simple dressing room.
There is only a small rattan blind. The people in the bath can see you dressing(or undressing) if not careful.
【Momiji no Yu】
The bath tub is made out of stone and it accommodates 8 people. There is a divider in the tub.
The dressing room is in front of the bath and you can not even see the river as there are fences around it, but if you look up, there are maple trees and other big trees. It is very quiet and surrounded by a lot of greens.
The water in the small part of the tub is quite hot, and the water in the other part is mild.
The hot water is being transported across the river and it is clear(colorless). It feels very mild and moist on the skin.
I got to talk to the gentlemen in the bath for a long time. I did not realize how long I was there till I turned quite red.
I planned to go there during fall when all the leaves changed colors, but it was a little too early. I still enjoyed the Konyoku bath regardless!
It was a very simple community bath, but very comforting as the bath was surrounded by many trees.
I personally like the hot spring water in Nasushiobara Onsen, and Momiji no Yu was no exception. The water was very mild and it almost felt like my skin was absorbing it.
Required level of nudity
Since there are fences around Momiji no Yu, you can not bee seen in public. Compered to the other community outdoor baths in Shiobara Onsen Village, this one is not so challenging(of course you lose a nice view instead…)
The only concern is the dressing room. As I mentioned above, there is only a small rattan blind between the dressing room and the bath.
I did not have any problem when I visited as the gentlemen I met all had good manners, but your experience might be different depending on what kind of people you see there.
【Required level of Nudity】 ★★★☆☆
Water type：Chloride saltspH：7.2 (neutral)Towels in the bath：AllowedGood for：Nerve pain・Wounds・Shoulder pain・Chronic digestive condition・Hemorrhoids…etc.