It has been about 1300 years since this hot spring was opened. Yamanaka hot spring's history was started by Gyougi.
According to the existing old " Yamanaka hot spring's history ", the Yamanaka hot spring was discovered by the famous priest, Gyougi, who followed a revelation from Yakushinyorai (Bhaisajyaguru), and dug and found the hot spring.
For several hundred years after that, because of successive conflicts in the area, it was almost forgotten by people. It was Hasebe Nobutsura who reopened the Yamanaka hot spring and announced it to the world.
" Yamanaka hot spring maki " ( Iou-zizou / designated cultural property of Yamanaka-cho )
Hasebe Nobutsura prince and the white heron. " Tawaraya " opens.
About 800 years ago, Yamanaka hot spring was reopened by Hasebe Nobutsura, a samurai in the Kamakura period. According to legend, when Nobutsura went hawking, he happened to see a white heron use the spring water to heal its injury.
As he approached the white heron, it changed its figure to a woman and introduced herself as an incarnation of Yakushinyorai (Bhaisajyaguru). She asked him to reopen Yamanaka hot spring. Nobutsura established a hot spring facility in which a statue of Yakushi was placed. Since then, Yamanaka hot spring has become a famous hot spring, known for treating diseases. At the same time,"Tawaraya" was opened.
In『Showa period-○○-natsubi-Yamanaka hot spring of kyakuchu』(Belonging to Tawaraya), Nobutsura described a white heron bathing in spring water as the "ancestor of Tawaraya".
We have given the very best service we can for 800 years.
Tawaraya was opened as one of 12 Japanese style hotels. Once upon a time, the fee for bathing (and fee for staying overnight) was paid in rice. There were many straw rice bags (Tawara) piled up in the entrance of the hotel, which inspired the name "Tawaraya".
When "Tawaraya" was opened about 800 years ago, it was located next to the current "Kiku-no-Yu". At the beginning of the Showa period, we moved to the riverside of Kakusenkei. We have been serving our guests here ever since.
" A scene of Kashu-Yamanaka hot spring " Picture ( Belonging to Tawaraya )