The Town’s Tourist Base That Continues to Develop Additional Facilities: “Kimita Onsen Mori no Izumi”
Kimita-Onsen Mori no Izumi
Address: 311-3 Izumiyoshida, Kimitacho, Miyoshi, Hiroshima 728-0405
Surrounded by mountains, “Kimita-Onsen Mori no Izumi” attracts a lot of people with its pretty scenery and silky onsen (Japanese hot spring). They improved their service as well as renovated the building to make it blend with nature after listening to the wishes of customers. As a lot of related facilities open around the onsen, it’s attracting attention as a good tourist spot.
Kimita-Onsen Mori no Izumi is popular among women for its alkaline hot spring called “the beautiful women’s bath” which strips dead skin away and makes your skin soft. Kimitacho already had a reputation as a place with good quality hot spring water. There even used to be a hot spring hotel. In 1988 and 1989 they were given a grant for the promotion of local development, Kimita-Onsen Mori no Izum was opened as a center of tourism in 1997. Their original aim was 300 customers a day, but the great seasonal view and the high quality of the hot spring water became so popular that on one occasion they brought in 1500 customers in a single day. “A lot of the townspeople helped out working as part timers and temporary employees. There was one time a customer came to have a cup of coffee and he ended up washing the cup himself.” The manager, Masuhara Midori, said looking back at that time. She was born in Funocho and moved to the next town over, Kimitacho, when she got married. She was asked to help and started doing dishes and cooking at the onsen. Later she was put in charge of accounting because she had studied bookkeeping at school. “The job suited me because I was not good at serving customers. I was doing the accounting job for a while, but one day I was asked if I was interested in becoming a manager. It was really surprising.” She hesitated a little bit, but everyone had put a lot of effort to make it a good place for locals. She wanted even more people to enjoy the onsen too, so she ended up deciding to become a manager.
Now Masuhara has been a manager for 21 years. When we asked her what was the hardest part, she smiled and said, “There are lots of hard things, but the work is worth doing.” As a manager who has worked there for a long time, she has become like “a mother to everyone,” a person they come to for help with many things. She also said, “We hold a company trip once a year, that is a good opportunity to talk and disclose things to each other. I’d like to understand their work and life situations and strive to work with a warm heart everyday.”
|スポット名||Kimita-Onsen Mori No Izumi|
|所在地||311-3 Izumiyoshida, Kimitacho, Miyoshi, Hiroshima 728-0405|
|営業時間||10 am - 9 pm|
|お休み||The 3rd Sunday (The 4th Sunday in August and December. When it's holiday the next day is closed)|