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Onsen in Hokkaido / Tohoku

  • 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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  • 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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  • Shidotaira Onsen
    Iwate Hanamaki-shi Yuguchi Shidotaira 26
    This quiet hot spring district, situated amid mountains and renowned since ancient times, is one of the many dotting the Hanamaki Onsenkyo hot spring village in the mountainous northwest of Hanamaki City, Iwate Prefecture. Famed for ages for its curative springs, according to legend, the area was discovered by soldiers under the command of the shogun Sakanoue no Tamuramaro some 1,200 years ago during the Heian period, who were led here, it is said, by the goddess Kannon. The waters of the area's simple hot spring and chloride springs are said to treat such ailments as women's diseases, skin diseases, diabetes, and constipation. There is a hot spring hotel as well as a traditional ryokan inn in the area, both of which are elegant and charming. The Hiraizumi World Heritage Site is located a 70 minute drive away. Shidotaira Onsen is perfect for visiting this scenic destination, which was built more than 800 years ago to be an earthly paradise by Fujiwara no Kiyohira, founder of the mighty Northern Fujiwara clan, the former rulers of the Hiraizumi region.
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Tappizaki Onsen
    Aomori Higashitsugaru-gun Sotogahamamachi Minmaya Ryu Hama 54-274
    A hot spring owned and operated by Hotel Tappi located in Tappizaki Onsen, itself located inside Tsugaru Quasi-National Park. The waters of this calcium sodium sulfate spring are said to be effective for general indication and treat such ailments as hardening of the arteries, cuts, burns, and chronic skin diseases. The hotel's large indoor baths and open air bath offer a sweeping view of the Mountains of Hokkaido on clear days and, at night, majestic, star-filled skies and traditional fishing lure fires. The hotel's bathhouse facilities are open to non-guests as well but entry may be difficult during busy times, so be sure to check in advance. Visitors are also encouraged to check out local sightseeing destinations such as the Tappizaki Lighthouse, selected as one of Japan's 50 best lighthouses; monument to renowned author Osamu Dazai; and the Seikan Tunnel Museum. The local seafood is also exquisite thanks to the Tsugaru Strait, where warm and cold currents collide, resulting in cool water temperatures and fish which bear a thick layer of tasty fat.
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