Introducing the charm of Umaji Onsen in Kochi. Let’s soak in a hot spring with an appealingly soft feeling

In this article, I would like to introduce Umaji Hot Spring from Umaji Village, Aki-gun, Kochi Prefecture.

Located near the Yasuda River, one of the clearest streams in Kochi Prefecture, Umaji Hot Spring is a small village where you can enjoy the natural surroundings.

The following is a list of locations, attractions, lodgings, and cuisine for your reference.

Location of Umaji Onsen

Umaji Hot Spring Guide

Umaji Hot Spring is located in the village of Umaji, a short walk along the clean water of the Yasuda River in Kochi Prefecture.

Umaji Village is located about an hour and a half drive from Kochi City and Kochi Airport.

Once you reach the Yasuda River, a clear stream, it takes about 30 minutes to walk along the river.

There is no public transportation, so if you are coming from far away, it is recommended to rent a car in Kochi City.

For those who do not drive, Umaji Hire and bicycle rental are also available.

The charm of Umaji Onsen

Yuzu Vinegar Sauce in Umaji

Umaji Village, where Umaji Hot Spring is located, is a small mountain village, but many residents grow yuzu.

You can observe the processing of yuzu drinks at the Yuzu-no-mori processing plant, and then taste them.

At the souvenir store, you can buy local yuzu products such as ponzu soy sauce and yuzu cosmetics.

A short walk from the Yuzu no Mori Factory is the Umaji Hot Spring, which is said to make your skin smooth.

From the large baths and semi-open-air baths you can see the Yasuda River, and on the winter solstice you can enjoy a yuzu bath filled with locally harvested yuzu.

You can also purchase special yuzu vinegar sauce (500 yen tax included) at Umaji Onsen.

This yuzu vinegar sauce has won the Kochi Prefecture Food 1 Grand Prix for four consecutive years between 2014 and 2017.

Gourmet food in Umaji Onsen

Gourmet in Umaji Hot Spring

In Umaji Onsen, you can enjoy the inoshishi (wild boar) and Tosajiro (local chicken).

Depending on the season, the Inoshishi can be prepared in various ways, such as in Shishinabe hot pot or as horse sashimi.

Tosajiro, the local chicken, is available in a wide variety of dishes such as grilled with yuzu and pepper, tataki, spring rolls, grated radish, hot pot, and Mizutaki.

In addition, the Yasuda River, a clear stream, flows near Umaji Onsen.

You can enjoy freshly caught ayu (sweetfish), river shrimp, eel, etc. from the Yasuda River.

Especially recommended is the Yasuda River Set Meal, which includes a full course of grilled sweetfish, eel, river shrimp, amego, soup, pickles, and rice.

The menu changes according to the season, so even repeat customers can enjoy it.

In addition, Umaji Hot Spring sells boxed lunches in front of Umaji Hot Spring Station.

These lunchboxes are filled with local delicacies from the mountains and the sea of Umaji Village.

Accommodations near Umaji Onsen

Accommodations near Umaji Hot Springs

At Umaji Onsen, there is a main building, an annex, and bungalows, all of which have a view of the Yasuda River.

How about waking up in the morning to the murmur of the clear stream and the sound of sculpin?

The main building has been around since the opening of Umaji Onsen and has a long history.

The main building has been in operation since the opening of Umaji Onsen and has a long history, and has the advantage of being more affordable than the annex, with prices starting at 7,500 yen per night for adults, including two meals.

If you stay in the main building, the entry fee to the hot spring is included, which is also a nice service.

The newly built annex has a variety of Western-style and Japanese-style rooms with toilets and baths, starting at 9,300 yen per night for adults, including two meals.

Bathing in the hot spring is also included when staying in the annex.

Amenities such as bath towels, face towels, yukata (Japanese bathrobe), toothbrushes, and shaving razors are provided for all guests.

Umaji Onsen Information and Summary

Facility Name Umaji Onsen
Address 3564-1, Umaji Village, Aki-gun, Kochi Prefecture, 781-6201
Telephone number 0887-44-2026
Approximate budget 7,500 yen and up
Official website

The open-air bath overlooks the Yasuda River, a clear stream.
In the winter solstice, you can enjoy a yuzu bath.
You can enjoy local foods such as inoshishi and jidori chicken.
You can see the Yasuda River from the rooms of the surrounding inns.

What did you think? In this article, I have introduced Umaji Onsen in Kochi Prefecture.

Umaji Onsen is located in the small village of Umaji along the Yasuda River, an hour and a half drive from Kochi City.

The village is famous for its yuzu (a type of citrus fruit), and also for its inoshishi (wild boar) and jidori (local chicken), as well as for its river shrimp, sweetfish, and eel, all of which are caught in the Yasuda River.

How about spending a relaxing time away from the hustle and bustle of the city and greeting the morning while listening to the murmuring of the Yasuda River?

Please take this opportunity to visit Umaji Onsen.