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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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  • 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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  • Akiu Onsen
    Miyagi Sendai-shi Taihaku-ku Akiumachi Yumoto
    A hot spring district sprawling along the Natori River ravine considered one of the three most renowned in the Oshu region as well as one of the top three in all Japan. Boasting an incredibly long history, legend has it that the waters of the hot springs here cured Emperor Kinmei, the 29th Emperor of Japan, of a skin disease in the Kofun period (531-570). The hot springs here are generally chloride springs, simple springs, and sulfate springs, and visitors can enjoy differing water types depending on location and facility. Many deciduous trees grow on the surrounding mountains, and the area is also a renowned destination for fall foliage in autumn. The beauty of the ravine area, interweaving sights such as Akiu Great Fall, Banjiiwa Rock, and other striking rock formations, is also well worth checking out.
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  • Nyuto Hot spring village
    Akita Senboku-shi Tazawako Obonai Komagatake
    The collective term for the seven hot spring districts which dot the region at the foot of Mt. Nyutouzan straddling Akita Prefecture and Iwate Prefecture, the area has also been designated a National Hot Spring Health Resorts. This scenic hot spring region, rich in natural beauty, is surrounded by Mt. Akita-Komagatake and other revered mountains and is also a popular base for mountain climbing activities. Over 10 different types of source springs with differing qualities are found here, and visitors can enjoy a variety of hot spring waters depending on the location. There is a pass sold which provides access to seven hot spring bathhouses and tour busses also operate in the area where visit different hot springs, attracting large numbers of hot spring lovers.
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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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  • Tamagawa Onsen
    Akita Senboku-shi Tazawako Tamagawa Shibu Kurosawa
    A hot spring district known for having the most acidic waters in the country, the area's single source spring also generates the greatest amount of hot water of any single spring in Japan. A nature walking path is maintained in the area of the spring for visitors to stroll and take in the sight of the volcanic activity taking place here. The spring's highly acidic waters have a pH of 1.2. When drunk, they are said to put one's digestive organs in order, while breathing their steam is said to stimulate the cilia in the lungs and encourage the regeneration of mucous membranes. Bathing in them is believed to aid in recovery from fatigue, promote health, and have a variety of other benefits, and the area has been designated National Hot Spring Health Resorts due to the power and breadth of their curative properties.
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  • Akankonsen
    Hokkaido Kushiro-shi Akancho Akankonsen
    This hot spring district situated on the shore of Lake Akan in Akan Mashu National Park is one of Hokkaido's largest and generates an amazing 3,800 liters of hot water every minute. In addition to many hot spring inns and day trip bathhouses, the district is dotted with free hot spring hand- and footbaths, and visitors can relax and enjoy the delights of hot spring waters in a scenic location commanding a view of Lake Akan and Mt. Oakan. The area's alkaline simple springs are colorless and transparent and are notable for their smooth, velvety feel. Gentle on the skin, their waters are a favorite of men and women of all ages.
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  • Minamisanriku Onsen
    Miyagi Motoyoshi-gun Minamisanrikucho Kurosaki 99-17 (Minamisanriku Hotel Kanyo)
    A hot spring district situated along the Pacific coast, this area's wide open sky and ocean views are two of its greatest appeals. The transparent chloride springs found here contain an abundance of potassium, sodium, and other minerals and are drawn from source springs some 2,000 meters under the sea on the ocean floor. These waters are said to aid recovery from fatigue and promote health in addition to easing muscle soreness, nerve pain, chronic skin diseases, chronic women's diseases, and other conditions. Also situated along the Higashihama Kaido Road, many tourists enjoying scenic drives through the area stop here to take a break.
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  • Oirase Stream Onsen
    Aomori Towada-shi Okuse , Horyo
    A hot spring district sprawling along the Tsutagawa River flowing at the foot of the Hakkoda Mountains. The district was established by connecting to source springs in Sarukura Onsen in 1963. Here visitors can enjoy a relaxing bath while taking in the vast, seasonally varying natural beauty of Oirase Stream close by. The waters here primarily come from faintly milk white simple springs, although their qualities differ slightly by facility and location, and are said to help aid recovery from fatigue and promote health in addition to relieving muscle soreness, joint pain, sensitivity to cold, chronic digestive diseases, and a variety of other conditions.
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  • Utoro Onsen
    Hokkaido Shari-gun Sharicho Utoro
    A scenic hot spring district commanding views of Mt. Rausu and the Sea of Okhotsk located on the Shiretoko Peninsula, a designated World Heritage Site. Relatively new, the area was established as a hot spring district in 1972. The area boasts over 10 source springs and generates an astounding 1,000 liters of hot water every minute. Dark reddish-brown hydrogen carbonate springs and chloride springs are found in the district, and their waters are said to be highly moisturizing, resulting in smooth, soft skin post-bath. In winter, hot spring bathers can enjoy views of white snowscapes and ice floes, and during this time in particular the area bustles with many tourists.
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