Higashiyama Onsen is an old hot spring believed to have been discovered by the priest Gyoki some 1300 years ago.
The colorless and clear hot water is believed to help with gastrointestinal diseases, female disorders, neuralgia, and rheumatism.
There is also a foot bath that is free to use.
In the past, the Shinsengumi’s Hijikata Zosai healed his wound here.
Also, many artists and literary figures who loved Higashiyama’s onsen atmosphere visited here. These included Yumeji Takehisa and Akiko Yosano.