About 20 thousand years ago, when Lake Chuzenji was formed after the
erruption of Mount Nantai, this lake was also formed.
There is a waterfall "Yutaki" at the south end of the lake, and Yukawa River flows out from here toward Lake Chuzenji.
Around the lake, there are old-growth forests and marsh, and many wild birds inhabit here.
At the northern lakeside, there is Yumoto hot spring resort.
("Yumoto-onsen" in Japanese)
Since the 8th century, here has been a resort as therapeutic bath.
It smells sulfurous in the air.
Today there are more than a dozen hotels and ryokans in this resort.
But unlike common hot spring resorts, here are only them. We can find no amusement shop, no souvenir shop and no dwelling!
In this resort town, there are "Onsenji temple" and "Onsen shrine". Of course, "Onsen" means "hot spring".
Onsenji is a temple founded in 788 by high priest Shodo who was founded
So this temple is one of branch temples of Rinnoji.
For a charge, this temple have a bathtub filled with the water from the hot spring. Everyone can have the bath. (The fee is 500 yen.)
But it is opened only from mid-April to late November.
Onsen shrine was also founded by Shodo.
Current shrine was moved and rebuilt here in 1962.
About 1 hour and 26 minute from Nikko station.
From around Kegon Falls, about 13 km, about 30 minutes.
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