Legend has it that Samurai refugees found these spring waters and settled down in the village to heal thier wounds. Today a row of inns and local houses are located along the valley. In addition to the abundant hot spring water, you can also enjoy seasonal local cuisine served around a fireplace (irori), including simply grilled wild ingredients such as freshwater fish, Sansai (wild vegetables), venison, bear and other delicacies. Miso paste grilled on a spatula is also a local specialty. If you visit here in the winter, do not miss the fantastic “Yunishigawa Kamakura Festival” from late January to early March. About 1,000 small snow huts are illuminated along the river.