Our Hawaii group overnighted here; said to be the largest outdoor hot spring in Kyushu. Legend has it that this onsen cures lame feet. We were greeted by staff beating the large taiko drum. Hundreds of koi noboris (carp streamers normally displayed early April to early May) were flown on cables strung at various places across the river. The hotel has 2 sections with a line indicating the borderline between the OITA and the KUMAMOTO prefectures. Our departure was done by waving staff lined up on the road to the accompaniment of the taiko drum.