A hot spring that has comforted people since ancient times
Legend has it that in 989 an historical figure heard a divine message saying that the deity of the mountain would give him a hot spring that can cure 40,000 (, pronounced "yonman") illnesses because of his devotion to the sutras. When he awoke, a hot spring was gushing forth next to his pillow. The name Shima (spelled with the same characters, ) Onsen stems from this legend of being an onsen capable of curing 40,000 illnesses. Hinatami Yakushido, a temple to worship the Buddha of Healing (Yakushi), was built on the site where the hot spring gushed forth to express gratitude and continue protecting the hot spring.