Tamatsukuri Onsen illuminated, enchanting sightseers

Tamatsukuri Onsen has been illuminated in a spectacle named Yoru Terasu since November 11th ( to December 17th ). Yoru translates to ‘night,’ and Terasu means ‘illuminating.’


Located in Matsue City, Shimane Prefecture’s capital, Tamatsukuri Onsen is a 90-minute flight from Tokyo (Haneda) and a 30-minute drive from Izumo Airport. It is also accessible via an eight-hour bullet train, a local railway journey, or a 12-hour night sleeper train (Sun Rise Izumo).



The radiant illumination graces the footpaths and narrow streets of the spa town, enchanting visitors, including those residing in hotels or inns, and earning the onsen high praise.

Tamatsukuri Onsen, celebrated for its ancient hot springs dating back over 1300 years, holds the distinction of Japan’s earliest recorded hot spring, extolled for its skin-rejuvenating qualities in the Izumo Fudoki( a local historical record). Opening to the public in the early 20th century, the hot spring (s) has witnessed the emergence of mesmerising illuminations along the Tamayu River.



Adding to its charm, the region is famed for its comma-shaped magatama beads crafted from agates, symbolising desires for health, freshness, and everlasting youth. These beads are often presented to local leaders and the Yamato court in prayers for longevity and peace, adding a unique cultural aspect to Tamatsukuri Onsen.


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