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Hot Spring / Hot Spring Bath Spots in Yamagata Area

  • Zao Onsen Dai Rotenburo
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    4.5
    167 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Yamagata Pref. Yamagatashi Zaouonsen Arai-ku 853-3
    A famous big open-air bath at the highest point in Zao Onsen town. An open-air bath for men and women made alongside the mountain stream, with capacity for 200 people. An open construction surrounded by Zao’s nature, it is a popular spot for enjoying the hot spring or peaceful walk through the woods. The hot spring water is of the highly acidic sulfur variety, also called the “beauty maker.” It is closed from December to the following March. Take the Yamako Bus to its last stop in the “Zao Onsen” direction.

    Fantastic to sit in a hot spring in the middle of nature - all the greenery around me when I was there. A couple of big pools. You need to walk down a set of stairs to get to the washing area...

  • Shinzaemon no Yu
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    4.0
    5 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Yamagata Pref. Yamagatashi Zaouonsen Kawamae 905
    A day-trip bathing facility in Kawamae, Zao Onsen, Yamagata City, Yamagata Prefecture, with four types of baths available for men and women to enjoy including the 100% source water “Mogami Takayu” and “Shiroku (4/6) no Yu” a blend of source water for people with weaker disposition. Both open-air and indoor baths are spacious with an open construction. There is also an attached restaurant where one can enjoy local specialties including Yamagata beef shabu-shabu and soba noodles. There is also a free rest room in which to spend the whole day relaxing.

    日帰り温泉が楽しめる湯の花茶屋では、山形名物馬喰鍋が提供されていた。馬力を付けるべく食したが、臭みもなく出汁も旨く味わえた。Zaoセンタープラザで日帰り温泉入るより断然良かった

  • Robata
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    4.5
    34 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Yamagata Pref. Yamagatashi Zaouonsen Kawahara 42-5
    This facility for food and accommodation is located around five minutes on foot from Zao Onsen Bus Terminal. In the first floor guests can try the famous “Genghis Khan” dish said to have originated in Zao. Popular treats are the extremely fresh raw lamb and handmade sauce. The mushrooms and vegetables picked directly on the mountain by the staff and shopkeepers’ associates are of the highest quality, allowing patrons to enjoy almost 100% Yamagata seasonal foodstuffs. As for bathing, there are private baths and footbaths with water direct from the source.

    An enjoyable Ghengis Khan style meal. At the table we cooked our own food on a cast iron pan over the flames. We had plates with lamb and an assortment of vegetables. There was plenty of food and it...

  • Ubayu Onsen Masugataya
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    4.0
    43 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Yamagata Pref. Yonezawashi Osawa Yu Yu 1
    This hot spring resort is deep in the mountains at Osawaubayu, Yonezawa City. Boasting 450-years history, you can take a bath at the stand-alone Masugataya inn that's been in the same family for 17 generations. The simple acidic sulfur hot spring water is a bluish milky white. Located about 1,300 meters above sea level in the Azuma Mountain Range, people love its open-air bath where you can absorb the beauty of the quiet valley deep in the mountains.

    This is about the most remote onsen we have visited. The train service to Toge where the ryokan has a pickup service at 1340hrs is infrequent. From Toge it is a 35+mins mini-bus ride up a steep and...

  • Ringo Hot Springs
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Yamagata Pref. Nishimurayamagunasahimachi Miyajuku 1353-1
    This is a hot springs bathing facility in Miyajuku, Asahi Town. Famous for bath waters abundantly afloat with apples, which is the town's main produce, this hot springs has an indoor bath, and an outdoor bath (closed in the winter) with distinctive alkaline spring water. In the restaurant, Apple noodles, an original creation, made with apples and Mt. Gassan spring water is served together with local fresh vegetables and products.
  • Namegawa Hot Springs Fukushimaya
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Yamagata Pref. Yonezawashi Osawa 15
    This is a secreted hot spring in Oaza Osawa, Yonezawa City. Since the discovery of this spring 250 years ago, the Fukushimaya has been the sole protector of these springs. These waters are famous for their milky white spring water boiling out of three sources. Located at an elevation of 850 meters within the mountains, this lodging is surrounded by lush nature including one of Japan's top 100 waterfalls, the Namegawa Great Falls.
  • Ginzan Onsen
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Yamagata Pref. Obanazawashi Ginzanshimbata
    An atmospheric hot spring district which retains many traces of Japan's bygone Taisho period. Situated along the Ginzan River, wooden multistory ryokan inns stand eave to eave here, and visitors will feel like they've gone back in time. Particularly in winter when coupled with the surrounding snowscape, the area is a sprawling array of magical scenery, endlessly delighting the many tourists who come here. The area's transparent sulfate spring waters contain an abundance of potassium, calcium, and other minerals, and are said to promote health and aid recovery from fatigue as well as help heal cuts, burns, chronic skin diseases, chronic women's diseases, and muscle soreness.
  • Zao Onsen
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Yamagata Yamagata-shi Zao Onsen
    A hot spring district located halfway up the Zao Mountain Range. The oldest hot spring district in Yamagata Prefecture, the area's history as a hot spring bath center stretches back over 1,000 years. One of the area's greatest charms is its seasonally changing scenery, from fresh verdure in the spring and summer to fall foliage in autumn to snowscapes and frost covered trees in winter. There are five hot spring clusters in the area and over 40 source springs, and the district has been designated a National Hot Spring Health Resorts. There are strongly acidic springs in the area, a rarity in Japan, as well as sulfur springs, and the milky white waters of the district, which soak into the skin with a tingling sensation, are said to be very effective at beautifying the skin, making this a renowned destination for those seeking lovely, smooth skin. There are three public baths in the district, and visitors can enjoy stopping by each to bath, compare, and pick their favorite.
  • Sagae Hanasaka Onsen Yu-cherry
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Yamagata Pref. Sagaeshi Sagae Kubo 15
    This day-use hot spring bathhouse is just a one-minute drive from the Sagae Interchange off of the Yamagata Highway. Both the women's and the men’s facilities have two indoor baths and an outdoor bath. Each bath having a differing water quality with its own spring of constant source water. One bath, called the Bihada-no-Yu, for beautiful skin has, waters high in sulfur, sodium, calcium and chloride. Another bath called Kenko-no-Yu's waters are high in sodium, calcium chloride and is a simple alkaline spring water. Finally, the Attamari-no-Yu's bath waters are rich in sodium, calcium, and chloride. The facility also has eateries, shops, and a relaxation lounge.
  • Hijiori Ideyukan
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    4.0
    3 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Yamagata Pref. Mogamigunokuramura Minamiyama 451-2
    This day use hot spring facility is in Hijiori Onsen village. The sodium chloride carbonated spring water is said to be effective in relieving muscle soreness and joint pain. They have a high-ceilinged, large-windowed stone tub bath and the observation deck wooden tub bath, both of which offer brilliant views of the seasonal surroundings. The facility also offers health promotion and maintenance plans with advice on hot spring use and health management through hot springs.

    肘折温泉の旅館街から数百メートル離れたところにあります。広い駐車場があって車をとめやすく、お客さんは地元の人がほとんどでした。初めて肘折温泉を訪れるなら、ここではなく古い旅館を利用したほうがよいと思います。あちらのほうが風情がありますから。

  • Genshichi Roten no Yu
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    4.0
    19 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Yamagata Pref. Yamagatashi Zaouonsen Arashiki 862-1
    This day use bath center pipes natural hot spring water “kakenagashi” style into the tubs. The water quality is acidic sulfur-containing aluminum sulfate chloride spring, and it is said to be effective in treating joint pain and skin diseases, as well as having beautifying effects on skin. The wide open outdoor baths are lit up at night to offer a magical night view of the natural scenery. The indoor baths are filled with the relaxing scent of hinoki cypress, and are popular with people coming to soak away their fatigue.

    This hot spring is in the Mt. Zao hot spring area in Yamagata prefecture. One of my favorite hot spring. There are indoor bath and outdoor bath. Indoor bath is made of and vary traditional bath...

  • Benihana Onsen Hina no Yu
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    3.0
    2 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Yamagata Pref. Nishimurayamagunkahokuchou Yachi Shitano 269
    This day use hot spring facility is in Nishimurayama County, Yamagata Prefecture. The large indoor baths, with enormous windows offering views of the garden, have equipment like high temperature and cold water baths, saunas, lie-down baths, and more. The water type is sodium chloride spring water, which is said to be effective in treating cuts, sensitivity to cold, recovery from fatigue, and more. The grounds also have a separate accommodation area, Hina-no-Yado, and many guests there use these baths.

    なんと280円。とても大きな設備で食事処、休憩所(個室も有)はもちろん、宿泊もできます。ただスーパー銭湯チックで温泉情緒はゼロ。露天風呂がないのが何より惜しい。お風呂の種類は多くはなく、あまり特徴はありません。地方の温泉に行くと入っているのはお年寄りばかり、ということが多かったのですが、ここは小さな子供のいる家族連れがすごく多かったです。

  • Terume-Hakuryou Kenko Onsen-kan
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    Yamagata Pref. Nishimurayamagunoemachi Fujita 831-40
    This day-trip hot spring facility, the largest in town, is located next to Roadside Station Ooe along National Route 287. It features changing water colors, from emerald green to milky white to clear, depending on the day. The neutral hypertonic high-temperature spring is known to be effective for neuralgia and muscle soreness. There is also a rotenburo (open-air bath) with organic LED lighting and a spacious indoor bathing area with large windows.
  • Yamabushi Onsen Yupoka
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    4.0
    5 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Yamagata Pref. Tsuruokashi Haguromachiushiroda Yachida 188
    This day use hot spring facility is in the plains at the foot of Mt. Haguro. The large baths feel wide open, with high ceilings and spacious construction, and there are saunas, traditional Japanese style stone outdoor baths with a view, and more facilities. The water type is sodium calcium chloride spring, which is said to be effective in recovery from fatigue and in promoting health. It's popular with tourists visiting Mt. Haguro as well as local residents on their days off.

    三連休ということもあってか、夕方に訪れましたが、多くの家族連れ等で賑わってました。 ただ、駐車台数の割に、浴場内で混雑を感じることはありませんでした。 今回は予約していなかったため、家族風呂付き客室(1600円/2hr)は利用できませんでした。 次回は予約して行ってみたいと思います。

  • Yupia
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Yamagata Pref. Tendoushi Tounaishinden 1620-1
    This day use hot spring facility has a view of Mt. Gassan and the Asahi mountain range from its outdoor baths, the largest in the prefecture. The hypotonic high temperature springs are said to be effective at treating muscle soreness and nerve pain. There are two different source springs, high temperature and low, for the large baths, full body bath with jets, saunas, and cold water baths. There is a physically challenged bath available by reservation as well.
  • Oitama Onsen Tama no Yu
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    4.0
    4 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Yamagata Pref. Yonezawashi Kaminida 2300-1
    This day use facility is in Yonezawa City, Yamagata Prefecture. It uses two sources of different water types: alkaline simple spring and sodium chloride spring, constantly supplied 100% “kakenagashi” style. It is equipped with a variety of baths, including wide indoor baths offer a view of natural scenery you can enjoy lying down, and black granite outdoor baths. Their steam sand bath, using extremely pure crystal sand, is quite popular.

    畑の中にポツンとある温泉です。 大人300円、子供100円という、 リーズナブルに立ち寄れる温泉なので、 地元の人は毎日の様に通っています。 泉質はナトリウム一塩化物泉 低張性アルカリ性高温泉 無色透明で、においもなく、 シャワーも温泉です。 内風呂、 露天は露天風呂と寝湯と子供湯 があるので、 元々、温度はあまり高い温泉ではありませんが、 ぬるめの子供湯があるので、 お子様もゆっくり入れる...

  • Chokai Onsen Rest Center Apon Nishihama
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Yamagata Pref. Akumigunyuzamachi Fukura Nishinohama 2-70
    This day use hot spring facility is in Akumi County, Yamagata Prefecture. The indoor baths use sodium chloride spring water, said to have high heat retention properties, and the cloudy yellow iodide ion water for their baths, constantly supplied “kakenagashi” style. There are accommodations on the grounds, and the Nishihama Beach, and campground nearby, so these guests often stop by for a bath.
  • Atsumionsen
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Yamagata Tsuruoka-shi Yuatsumi
    A renowned hot spring district located in Tsuruoka City, Yamagata Prefecture close to the border with Niigata Prefecture. Boasting over 1,000 years since it was first developed as a hot spring rest, the area has been visited by many writers and artists, including Akiko Yosano, Riichi Yokomitsu, and Matsuo Basho. The waters of the area's sodium-calcium chloride springs and sulfate springs are said to ease cuts and skin diseases, while drinking them is believed to treat chronic constipation and gallstones. The hot springs here generate an abundant 1,300 liters of piping hot water every minute, enough to fill around 9,360 oil drums a day. The area is dotted with numerous hot spring water drinking facilities, footbaths, and public baths, making it easy for visitors to enjoy the famous local waters in a variety of ways. Another fun thing to do here is to visit the Atsumi Onsen Morning Market (open April to November) while dressed in a yukata robe and geta sandals.
  • Akayu Onsen
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Yamagata Nanyo-shi Akayu
    This hot spring district is located in the middle of a city, a rarity among the hot springs of Yamagata Prefecture; its history stretches back more than 920 years. The district is dotted with 14 hot spring hotels and four public bathhouses, and one of its most notable characteristics is the number of convenience stores and restaurants located close by. Today, this hot spring district in the heart of Nanyo City is on the small side, but the area once flourished as a red-light district, and it is filled with numerous restaurants which bustle with patrons dressed in yukata robes and geta sandals, the traditional costume of a hot spring hotel guest. Nearby Eboshiyama Park, selected as one of Japan's top 100 destinations for cherry blossom viewing, is famous for its 1,000 cherry trees, and visitors are particularly recommended to come here when the flowers are in full bloom in spring. Akayu also grows large quantities of grapes and is home to four wineries, and visitors can enjoy visiting each to sample and compare their wares. In addition, Akayu is known for its nationally popular ramen chains as well as its many more individual and unique ramen restaurants.
  • Kaminoyamaonsen
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Yamagata Kaminoyama-shi Yumachi Tokamachi Shinyu Hayama Kawasaki Takamatsu
    Kaminoyama once flourished as a castle town beneath Kaminoyama Castle as well as a post station town situated on the Ushu Highway, and even today much of its old castle town atmosphere remains. Also known as the Village of the Three Paradises, Kaminoyama Onsen's history dates back over 560 years. Comprised of six districts, visitors can enjoy the area's beautiful views of Mt. Zao. The Shinyu-Yumachi-Tokamachi district is a history rich area and the location of the Crane's Resting Stone, the place where the hot springs of the area were discovered according to legend. The Hayama-Kawasaki-Takamatsu-Kanakame district is a relatively new area and its superb location offers a sweeping view of Mt. Zao. The area's sodium-calcium chloride-sodium-sulfate springs (common salt springs containing calcium sulfate) generate clear, mildly alkaline waters with a mild mineral scent and salty taste.

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Although often overlooked, Yamagata prefecture by no means lacks appeal: the Yamadera temple trail through the mountains, deliciously tender Yonezawa wagyu, and over 100 steaming hot springs, most notably Zao Onsen, await visitors. When winter comes, the snowcapped peaks become dotted with skiers by day and onsen-goers by night, while summer brings the celebration of juicy Yamagata cherries.

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