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  • Ginzan Onsen
    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.
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  • Toyako Onsen
    Hokkaido Abuta-gun Toyako Cho Toyako Onsen
    This hot spring district, one of the largest in Hokkaido, was created by the eruption of Mt. Yosomiyama in 1910. Many hot spring hotels stand side by side in the area, particularly on the bank of Lake Toya. There are also day trip bathhouses and free footbaths, and here visitors can luxuriate in relaxing hot spring waters while enjoying the vast, picturesque scenery of the Lake Toya area. The chloride springs found here contain an abundance of potassium and sodium; note that they are not drinkable. Lake Toya Long-Run Fireworks Nights fireworks displays are held each year here from late April through October, and during these times the area bustles with many tourists. Taking a dip in a hot spring bath while enjoying a fireworks display is particularly fun.
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  • Sounkyo Onsen
    Hokkaido Kamikawa-gun Kamikawacho Sounkyo
    A hot spring district located in a ravine consisting of some 24 kilometers of continuous sheer cliffs at the foot of Mt. Kurodake. The area boasts over 60 source springs and an accordingly abundant flow of piping hot water. One of Hokkaido's top destinations for picturesque scenery, this hot spring village also serves as a base for sightseeing in Daisetsuzan National Park. There are many famous and beautiful waterfalls in the area such as Ryusei Falls; a stream in the area, fed by a hot spring, is lined with Japanese maples and many other deciduous trees, and in fall the entire area is decorated with gorgeous autumn foliage. The area's mildly alkaline chloride springs and sulfate springs are gentle on the skin and accordingly are favored by men and women of all ages.
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  • Noboribetsu Onsen
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    Hokkaido Noboribetsu-shi Noboribetsuonsencho
    This hot spring area, one of the country’s foremost, is blessed with an abundance of high quality hot spring waters. There are nine varieties of source springs found in the area, each with its own coloration and purported health benefits, including sulfur springs, chloride springs, alum springs, sulfate springs, melanterite springs, iron springs, acidic springs, alkaline springs, and radium springs. In the indigenous Ainu language, “nupur pet” means “white, cloudy river” or “dark colored river;” believed to be the phrase from which the Japanese place name “Noboribetsu” is derived. It also alludes to the area’s abundance of hot water, which is so great that it even changes the color of the river. Many people come here to enjoy the area’s distinctive and atmospheric hot spring hotels and inns, and to enjoy a day trip spent sampling different bathhouses. The area offers plenty of opportunities for sightseeing, including picturesque Noboribetsu Jigokudani (Hell Valley), Oyunuma Pond, and Tessen Pond, plus destinations like famous scenery, historic sites, and theme parks.
  • Shikotsukonsen
    Hokkaido Chitose-shi Shikotsukonsen
    Mystical Lake Shikotsu is surrounded by virgin forest. The springs of Shikotsuko Onsen, situated along the lake's east bank, were bored in 1974. Located in an area where sightseeing boats dock, there are many restaurants and souvenir shops in the district. The waters of the area's hypotonic mildly alkaline springs are said to treat a wide range of ailments, including nerve pain, muscle soreness, and joint pain, in addition to aiding recovery from fatigue; they are also drinkable. Akihime Ontama Rice is a local specialty dish made with kokanee salmon transplanted to Lake Shikotsu from Lake Akan, and visitors can try this tasty meal at any of the hot spring inns in the area. Junmaishu sake and shochu liquors made with Lake Shikotsu water make for perfect souvenirs. Visitors can also find many elegant Japanese and Western style confections made with the finest ingredients in the area.
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  • Togatta Onsen
    Miyagi Katta-gun Zao Machi Togatta Onsen
    A hot spring district located inside Zao Quasi-National Park which commands a view of Mt. Zao, famous for its frost-covered trees in winter and emerald green caldera lake. Situated 330 meters above sea level, records show that this area was first developed as a hot spring resort in the early Edo period. The area was also once known as Yudatta, a word which can mean boiled. Long renowned as a destination for enjoying therapeutic hot spring bathing in addition to serving as a base camp for pilgrims climbing Mt. Zao as areligious act, the history of the area dates back over 400 years. The mild waters of the area's chloride springs are gentle on the skin and contain sodium, calcium, and sulfate. They are said to treat nerve pain, gastrointestinal disorders, and chronic skin diseases. A public bathhouse which makes extensive use of luxurious and fragrant Aomori cypress stands in the center of the district. The district is conveniently located a one hour drive from Sendai City and many tourists from within the prefecture and throughout Japan make their way here.
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  • Take Onsen
    Fukushima Nihonmatsu-shi Take Onsen 1-16
    A hot spring district sprawling at the foot of 1,700 meter tall Mt. Adatara in Bandai-Asahi National Park. The area's acidic springs, a type found almost nowhere else in the country, are said to have been discovered by the shogun Sakanoue no Tamuramaro during his eastern expedition. The tasteless, odorless waters of the area's springs have a pH of 2.48 and are said to ease nerve pain, help heal motor paralysis, aid recovery from fatigue, and promote health. Long ago, during a time when there were no antibiotics, this ancient hot spring district provided an invaluable method of treatment for many diseases. In a Japan Hot Spring Association survey, this hot spring destination was selected as having the best natural beauty in the country and was also awarded the Fourth Superior Sight Seeing Area Cultivation Award by the Japan Travel and Tourism Association. The area also conducts fun health programs which combine hot spring bathing, cuisine, and exercise.
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  • Kuro Yu Onsen
    Akita Senboku-shi Tazawako Obonai Kuroyuzawa 2-1
    This hot spring, owned and operated by an inn of the same name, is said to have been discovered in 1674 and is located the furthest back in the Nyuto Onsenkyo hot spring village. The spring wells forth next to the inn and visitors can watch the waters burbling up from the ground. The inn consists of several thatched roof and cedar bark roof black lodging buildings and hot spring huts, giving visitors a glimpse into what a therapeutic hot spring facility looked like in ancient Japan. There are two source springs, a simple hydrogen sulfide spring and an acidic sulfur spring, and their waters are said to treat such ailments as high blood pressure, hardening of the arteries, and peripheral circulatory failure. Drinking these waters is also said to have health benefits, including helping alleviate diabetes, chronic addictions, rheumatism, and motor paralysis, while breathing their steam is purported to treat chronic bronchitis and sore throats. There are many places to experience the area's natural beauty, history, and culture nearby, including Sashimaki Marsh, known for its colonies of surprisingly lovely Asian skunk cabbage; and Kakunodate, called the Little Kyoto of Michinoku.
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  • Yachi Onsen
    Aomori Towada-shi Horyo Yachi 1
    Located in the sprawling Yachi Wetlands, a habitat for alpine plants, this hot spring boasts 400 years of history and is considered one of Japan's top three secluded springs. The Yachi Onsen hot spring inn's bathtubs are filled directly from the bottom with waters said to treat lower back pain and atopy. The inn's bathhouse facilities are open to non-guests, as well, and visitors can stop by for a casual hot spring bath experience. The inn is famous for its dishes made with fresh char raised in the clean spring waters welling forth at the foot of Mt. Takada-odake, part of the Hakkoda Mountains, and whether you choose the sashimi or the grilled char, you're sure to experience culinary bliss. The inn's cuisine is also available to non-guests, so day trip hot spring bathers and visiting mountain climbers should also be sure not to miss the chance to enjoy cuisine prepared with char, edible wild plants, and fresh-picked local vegetables.
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  • Zao Onsen
    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.
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