野沢温泉 常盤屋

Tokiwaya Hotsprings

Empress Komyo's 1000-Person Hot Spring

Empress Komyo was the consort of Emperor Shomu and a devout adherent of Buddhism responsible for constructing the Great Buddha statue in Nara. She was merciful and generous and established Hiden-in and Seyaku-in, facilities to help the down and out where she saved orphans and the sick. There are many anecdotes about her but among them Empress Komyo’s bathing of the destitute is well-known. At that time small pox was rampant and led to the death of many. Empress Komyo had a revelation from Buddha in a dream to build a bath in her home and to make sure that she herself made sure each and every of 1000 people, regardless of rank, was cleansed thoroughly, and this promise she made to Buddha. When the 1000th and final person came forward his skin was festering and pus was coming forth from his wounds but without hesitation Empress Komyo pressed her lips against the wounds and almost as soon as she had done so a great light was given off and the person was cleansed of his sorry state. He had been the reincarnation of Ashuku Buddha. The Empress was so pleased to have completed her task successfully and this act became the origin of the 1000-person hot springs. Also at this time there were three chamberlains who helped the Empress in her treatment of the 1000 and they were called Sansuke using the Japanese characters 三典, which later evolved into Sansuke, 三助, which mean male bathhouse attendant (those who worked at the zeniyu bathhouse and performed duties such as checking the bath temperature and washing the back of customers) and is said to be the origin of this position.

At Tokiwaya there is a miraculous hotspring. A Jibo-kannon (Buddhist Goddess of Mercy) is placed here, and also affectionately known by the name Jihi-kannon statue hotsprings. Nozawa hot springs has been understandably certified as a body-warming hotspring and if we warm ourselves in this bath it is said that we will be blessed with good children. Especially inside the building praying at the “Child-raising Kannon” and warming yourself in the hot springs with healing properties is very effective. They are hot springs with miraculous virtue. No water is added to the hotsprings, they are not heated nor are they circulated, they are free-flowing hot springs. With the exception of time reserved for cleaning it is possible to enter the hot springs 24 hours a day. In addition, the “Empress Komyo 1000-person hotspring” and the “Child-raising & healing hotspring” are alternated between the men’s bath and the women’s bath every day so a one-night stay would allow you to enjoy both hot springs.

One of the hotspring sources at Tokiwaya. It was in the Nara Period (710-794) when small pox was rampant and Empress Komyo bathed 1000 people regardless of rank that led to this name being later given to the hot spring. The architecture is in the Taisho-Roman style using Kuromikage stone and locally produced large Teppei Stone. At Tokiwaya Inn, we can visit the statue of the most merciful Komyo Empress and we have inherited her kindheartedness, offering relaxing accommodation with outstanding service.。

★At the 1000-person hot spring there are Japanese cypress logs placed. 
(Recommended by Dr. Etsuo Noguchi)
Using the cypress as a pillow reduces the stress placed on the body and improves circluation for effective relaxation.

Child-raising & Healing Hot Spring

At Tokiwaya there is a miraculous hotspring. A Jibo-kannon (Buddhist Goddess of Mercy) is placed here, and also affectionately known by the name Jihi-kannon statue hotsprings. Nozawa hot springs has been understandably certified as a body-warming hotspring and if we warm ourselves in this bath it is said that we will be blessed with good children. Especially inside the building praying at the “Child-raising Kannon” and warming yourself in the hot springs with healing properties is very effective. They are hot springs with miraculous virtue. No water is added to the hotsprings, they are not heated nor are they circulated, they are free-flowing hot springs.

With the exception of time reserved for cleaning it is possible to enter the hot springs 24 hours a day. In addition, the “Empress Komyo 1000-person hotspring” and the “Child-raising & healing hotspring” are alternated between the men’s bath and the women’s bath every day so a one-night stay would allow you to enjoy both hot springs.

Two hot springs are available for use, the 1000-person hot spring and Yakushi (healing) hot spring.

After the hours from 9pm to 9:30am the next day, the men’s and women’s hotsprings are alternated. Therefore guests can enjoy both hotsprings with a one-night stay.

Drinkable spring water "Hot Spring Water Drinking Area"

One kind of medical treatment available is to drink water from a hotspring or “spring water”, which is also recognized in modern medicine. However, although in Europe this is mainstream, in Japan there have been problems with management and is therefore on the decline. Tokiwaya drinkable spring water is available and is therefore a precious hot spring. (Permission has been received from the public health center) The hotspring is a weak alkaline spring and is therefore medically effective, by drinking the spring water directly it is said to increase positive medical effects. However, when drinking the spring water please pay attention the information below: Spring water should be drunk moderately and over a longer period of time, therefore at Tokiwaya we provide tea bowls and a place for drinking.

Regarding hot spring water

●Warnings

・Recommended amounts: 100-200ml/one time, maximum 200-1000ml/one day
・Drink the freshest spring water from the point where the spring water bubbles out
・As a general rule, drink spring water 30 minutes to an hour before eating or on an empty stomach.。

■Take home as much as you wish

You are free to take home as much of this precious hot spring water as you wish.。
We have begun providing PET bottles of our hot spring water for 150 yen each available at our hot spring drinking space. Each bottle is two litres in size and comes with the label “Komyo Kogyo Miyu” (The spring water of Empress Komyo) In addition, we also provide our spring water service to those who bring their own containers.。

■Effects

・When consumed - effective for diabetes, gout, constipation, etc..
・When rubbed into the skin - effective for itchiness, pain, stubborn athlete’s foot, atopy, etc...Recommended usage: Several times a day. Using absorbent cotton or similar apply to affected area. Rough skin will come back to life and skin will become smooth.
・Use in cooking: With this spring water you can enjoy delicious rice porridge, boiled tofu, etc...

Akuto hot spring (foot bath)

There is a cute foot bath located just in front of the main entrance at Tokiwaya. Even by Nozawa Hot Spring standards this foot bath with real hot spring water from the source is a rarity. The abundant hot spring water at Tokiwaya is a luxury indeed. A stir stick is available for use so that it is not necessary to add any water.
The foot bath is closed during the winter months.

Quality of hot springs and their effects

■Hot spring water quality

A simple sulfur hot spring. A hydrogen ion concentration of pH8.2 weak alkaline sulfur spring. Hot spring temperature at the source is 70.7C making for smooth skin, effective against aging, and Nozawa hot springs are scientifically proven and a leader in effective body rejuvenation.

■Effects from bathing

Gastrointestinal disorders, chronic digestive disorders, diabetes, gout, joint pain from rheumatism, frozen shoulder, movement disorders, neuroparalysis, cuts, burns, frostbite, pimples, chronic skin conditions, etc.. Effective for everyone from infants to the elderly.

★Two hot springs are available for use, the 1000-person hot spring and Healing hotspring. After the hours from 9pm to 9:30am the next day, the men’s and women’s hotsprings are alternated. Therefore guests can enjoy both hotsprings with a one-night stay.

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