|An encounter with Yamada Hot Spring ? Staking my future life
I was born in Sakhalin and raised in Shikaoi Town. I experienced various jobs, such as a JA employee, the general manager of a hotel and a member of management at a civil engineering company. I once suffered from a stroke due to fatigue. Three years later, the then manager of Yamada Hot Spring was about to retire and asked me to lend a helping hand because unless something was done, the hot spring would have to close. That was my first encounter with this hot spring. In June 1999, I made up my mind to become re-employed to help Yamada Hot Spring?which was about to be closed?survive, and was inaugurated as the General Manager. At the end of that year, however, I experienced another stroke. To date, I have suffered two serious strokes. Although my life has been turbulent, working here has now given me courage.
Purely natural hot spring water - An inn where the blessings of the forest can fully be enjoyed
I have long understood the attraction of Yamada Hot Spring. The original hot spring water here is neither too hot nor too cold and is completely natural. There are days when as many as 150 people visit us to bathe. Since there are so many hot spring enthusiasts, I cannot close this hot spring. We must cherish the blessed quality of this hot spring. This is a thought that I have long harbored.
If you take just one step out of this inn, you can enjoy basking in the forest. At night, you will hear Blakiston’s fish owls hooting from the back of the forest. Of course, there are days when they hoot and do not hoot, but you can hear them in bed when they do. This is indeed a luxurious place.
Since this inn is only run by my wife and me, we can only receive up to 20 guests. For meals, wild vegetable dishes cooked by my wife are served. She uses the freshest ingredients possible, and guests can enjoy butterbur dishes, deep-fried ostrich ferns, thistles and other wild vegetables and as
sorted seasonal tastes. We are open from April to mid-October, i.e. from the period when snow thaws to the time before it frosts.
Electricity here is privately generated. We can spend our time as we like because we are in the backwoods. In this primeval forest far away from urban areas, natural spring water, woodland delicacies and pure hot water will await you. I would like to continue to talk about values to ensure that it will be understood what this hot spring has to offer.