Sennin-buro River Bath and Lanterns(Sennin-buro to tourou)


Atmospheric lanterns in the hot-spring steam

In the town of Kawayu Onsen in Hongu-cho, Tanabe City, if you dig into the river bank, hot-spring water wells up. From December to February, the “Sennin-buro River Bath,” a huge outdoor hot spring bath is created by blocking the flow of the Oto-gawa River. The bath is open from 6:30 am to 10:00 pm, and is free of charge. From 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm on Saturdays, the “Yukemuri Tourou (Lanterns in the hot-spring steam)” event is held. Lanterns are placed around the bath to create the scenic atmosphere of a hot-spring town in the night. *To protect the privacy of those enjoying the bath, photography is forbidden at the Sennin-buro River Bath.


Kawayu, Hongu-cho, Tanabe City
Season / Time zone
Winter(December - February) / Night(Saturday at 8 PM - 10 PM)
Weather conditions
Sunny Cloudy Others(Canceling rain)
Frequency of appearance
According to seasons


1 hr. 40 min. by Ryujin Bus from JR Kii-Tanabe Sta., or 1 hr. by Kumano Kotsu Bus or Nara Kotsu Bus from JR Shingu Sta. (Get off the bus at Fujiya-mae[ふじや前].)


Recommended spot

Koguchi (Kumanogawa Town, Shingu City) > Ukegawa (Hongu Town, Tanabe City)