At the center of Yamashiro Onsen resort is Kosoyu, a restored Meiji era style communal bathhouse that allows visitors to enjoy not only the historical design features, but also the traditional bathing culture of a Japanese-style public bath. The Kutani porcelain tiles on the bathing area floor and walls have been restored to their original state, as has the rest area on the second floor. Furthermore, the streets of Yamashiro Onsen, which boasts 1,300 years of history, are still lined with traditional Japanese inns and local shops, all centered around the soyu public bathhouses.
This ancient streetscape and traditional atmosphere allows visitors to enjoy the experience of being in a classic Japanese hot spring resort town.
Yamashiro Onsen Hot Spring resort has built two new public baths in order to revitalize the central area of Yunogawa and to re-create the traditional atmosphere of the period.
The new baths offer visitors the opportunity to enjoy bathing comfortably in the high quality hot-spring water whilst experiencing the traditional atmosphere of the bathhouses, which utilize the gates of the former Yoshinoya Ryokan Inn to help create buildings in harmony with the surrounding townscape.