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Ise-Shima Tourist Spot Information

Hot springs esthetic salons, and gourmet dining.Your vacation at this seaside resort continues.

After enjoying various attractions at Shima Spain Village Parque España, visit a natural hot spring facility located within the park, called Ise-Shima Natural Hot Spring "Himawari-no-yu". A spectacular ocean view spreads out beyond this open-air bath, helping you relax and take a break from a busy tour schedule. Kashikojima Hojoen is an upscale ryokan (Japanese-style inn) in Shima. Its featured open-air garden bath, named "Asanagi-no-Yu, Yunagi-no-Yu," offers a beautiful ocean view along with relaxing and quality bath time.

Kashikojima Hojoen Asanagi-no-yuKashikojima Hojoen "Asanagi-no-yu"

Hotel Kintetsu Aquavilla Ise-Shima and Prime Resort KASHIKOJIMA are among the high-class resort hotels in the area, offering quality guest services including spa salons. Often referred to as "Umashi-Kuni" (wonderful land blessed with delicious foods), Shima is renowned for a variety of delicious seafood. Be sure to experience the taste of the fresh catch, right from the ocean.

  • Shima Spain Village Parque Espana
  • Ise-Shima Natural Hot Spring Himawari-no-yu

Enjoying onsen (hot springs)

Calling it touji (literally meaning "hot water therapy"), the Japanese have long appreciated the therapeutic effect of onsen (hot springs) to heal certain ailments, such as poor blood circulation and rheumatism. For Japanese people, taking a public bath serves as an occasion to communicate with others. Certain manners should be respected at onsen, just as at other public places.

  1. Before entering the tub, rinse the body with water from the tub to clean the body, and also to gradually adjust to the water temperature. This process, called kakeyu, should start from the feet, then the hands, and eventually finish with the head.
  2. After kakeyu, slowly enter the bath tub. Never jump into the tub.
  3. Do not stay in the tub too long. Your blood pressure and pulse may rise too high, which could make you feel sick.
  4. After getting out of the tub, it is better not to shower, which eventually rinses off the effective components of onsen water from which your body can benefit. Let the body dry naturally so that all the good elements may penetrate through the skin.
  • • Wash your body and hair at the showers, not in the tub.
  • • Rinse the soap off completely before entering the tub.
  • • Do not dip your towel in the tub.
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    "Asanagi-no-Yu, Yunagi-no-Yu" at Kashikojima Hojoen

    The water contains sodium chloride and hydrogen carbonate. As the name implies, the view of a beautiful sunrise can be enjoyed from "Asanagi-no-Yu" and a beautiful sunset from "Yunagi-no-Yu." The water here can be effective in treating neuralgia, muscle pain, joint pain, stiff shoulders, motor weakness, bruises, sprains, hemorrhoids, chronic digestive disorders, poor blood circulation, and fatigue, and aiding recovery from illness and health promotion and so on.

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    Ise-Shima Natural Hot Spring "Himawari-no-yu" at Shima Spain Village

    Good-quality, simple alkaline water leaves your skin silky-smooth. An open-air bath looks down on the ocean, creating a relaxing space to ease your body and mind. The sunset view from the bath is particularly impressive, and the salt sauna is popular for its esthetic benefits (available only at the women's bath). Potentially efficacious for neuralgia, muscle pain, joint pain, stiff shoulder, motor weakness, stiff joint, bruises, sprains, chronic digestive disorders, hemorrhoids, poor blood circulation, recovery from illness, recovery from fatigue, and health promotion and so on.

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    "Tomoyama-no-Yu" at Hotel Kintetsu Aquavilla Ise-Shima

    A natural chloride hot spring with sodium and calcium. Visitors can unwind in a large bath with panoramic views of the natural landscape, or get even closer to nature by soaking in an outdoor bath. The hot spring is considered beneficial for the following conditions: skin abrasions, burns, chronic skin problems, children with weak constitution, chronic women's diseases, nerve pain, muscle pain, joint pain, stiff shoulders from age, motor paralysis, stiffness of joints, bruises, sprains, chronic digestive disorders, hemorrhoids, sensitivity to cold, recovery from diseases, recovery from fatigue, improved health, etc.

Iga:Origin of ninja

Extend your trip and visit Iga: The hometown of ninja

From IGA-KAMBE Station, it only takes a short ride on a colorfully-painted ninja or kunoichi (female ninja) train of the Iga Railway to Iga-no-Sato, hometown of the ninja. Working as secret agents during the feudal period, ninja played an important role in the support their master shogun (feudal lord) from behind the scenes. Trained with special skills and techniques, ninja were able to quietly sneak into the enemy's residences, collect information, and fight with enemy warriors. The Iga-Ueno area flourished as a castle town and has been known as the home of Iga-ryu, one of the two major historic ninja schools. Iga-Ryu Ninja Museum features the world's largest collection of ninja articles and is popular for thrilling ninja action shows. The area is also known as the birthplace of Matsuo Basho, the great master of haiku poetry. Haiseiden (a memorial hall whose building is designed to represent the figure of Basho on his trip) and Basho Memorial Museum are among the places related to Basho, where another key element of Japanese culture is introduced through the life of the haiku master.

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    Iga-Ryu Ninja Museum

    Ninjas and "kunoichi" (female ninja) guide visitors through the various secrets of the ninja house. There are also displays that explain ninja techniques and tools that you will be able to relate to in the modern world. This is a museum where visitors will learn surprising and interesting facts about the ninjas.

    Iga-Ryu Ninja Museum (117 Ueno-Marunouchi, Iga-city (inside Ueno Park))

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    Ninja souvenir items

    You can purchase not only the well known "shuriken" (throwing star-shaped knife) and the "makibishi" (small spiked objects to deter enemies from following), as well as a ninja costume. This is great for dressing up as a ninja!

    Souvenir shops within Iga-Ryu Ninja Museum: Ninja-Bo (117 Ueno-Marunouchi, Iga-city (inside Ueno Park)), Iga-Ryu Ninja-Shop (1938 Ueno-Atagomachi, Iga-city)

Iga-Ryu Ninja Museum


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