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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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  • Watari Onsen
    Iwate Hanamaki-shi Yuguchi Sano 21-8
    The waters of this hypotonic mildly alkaline high temperature spring (simple spring), one of the 12 which make up the Hanamaki Onsenkyo hot spring district, are said to treat such ailments as nerve pain, joint pain, frozen shoulders, chronic digestive diseases, and sensitivity to cold. The Hanamaki Onsenkyo Watari Onsen hotel owns and operates the spring; situated amidst a forest, at night the area is enwrapped in a blanket of tranquil quiet. The hotel's spacious and open outdoor bath offers a view of seasonal flowers blooming in the garden as well as the vast scenery created by the surrounding mountains. The hotel's bath facilities are open 24 hours and are also open to non-guests. Museums dedicated to celebrated authors and artists are located nearby, such as the Miyazawa Kenji Memorial Museum and the Takamura Kotaro Museum; also located not far away is Kamabuchi Falls, a gorgeous waterfall which breaks over and trickles down a large, 8.5 meter tall, 30 meter wide rounded rock outcrop.
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  • Amihari Onsen
    Iwate Iwate-gun Shizukuishicho Naga Yama Komatsu Kura 14-3
    Kyukamura Iwateamihari Onsen is a hot spring hotel located in Shizukuishi at the foot of Mt. Iwate. The history of the hotel's legendary hot spring dates back 1,300 years. The spring waters are piped approximately two kilometers from an old caldera on Mt. Iwate, through forest and swamp, the feed five different bathing facilities on the hotel's grounds. Amihari Onsen refers to the indoor and outdoor Taishaku no Yu, indoor Hakusen no Yu, indoor and outdoor daytrip Yakushi no Yu, and outdoor Sennyo no Yu and footbath Shikaoi Ashiyu bathing facilities (note that all outdoor baths are closed in winter). The waters of the simple spring / sulfur spring (hydrogen sulfide) are said to treat such ailments as atopic dermatitis, peripheral nerve disorders, and psoriasis vulgaris.
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  • Sukawa Onsen
    Iwate Ichinoseki-shi Genbicho
    This highly acidic hot spring, which wells up from the ground on a 1,126 meter high mountain, generates 6,000 liters of piping hot water (equivalent to 30 oil drums) every minute, one of the most abundant single hot springs in the country. The hot spring is widely known for its curative properties, and specific instructions for those seeking to be healed by its waters exist-it is said that one must stay here and bathe in the spring for at least one weak and ideally two to four weeks if one wishes to be cured of one's illness. For over 300 years, since the Edo period, the spring has been beloved for its healing abilities. The hot spring is situated halfway up Mt. Kurikoma, which straddles Iwate, Miyagi, and Akita, and the abundant natural beauty of the area aids in soothing away the stress of visitors.
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  • Shin Namari Onsen
    Iwate Hanamaki-shi Namari Nishi Namari 23
    A hot spring district located in Hanamaki City, hometown of Night on the Galactic Railroad author Kenji Miyazawa. The district's sole hot spring hotel, the Airinkan, has three bath areas-the Nanbu no Yu, Mori no Yu, and Kawa no Yu-and a total of 17 different baths. The area's three colorless sodium-sulfate springs generate an abundance of piping hot water. Which bathing areas are open to men and which to women are routinely changed, ensuring those staying at the hotel can enjoy all three. The hotel's popular Chappun reservable private bath area has a picturesque standard indoor bathtub as well as an additional Shigaraki ware ceramic tub. The hotel also has several unique bathtubs, such as the Manten no Yu Hoshi tub, which is 1.3 meters deep and allows bathers to fully float freely in hot spring waters without touching the bottom.
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  • Matsukawa Onsen
    Iwate Hachimantai-shi Matsukawa Onsen
    This hot spring district, situated along Matsukawa Gorge in Towada-Hachimantai National Park, was discovered some 250 years ago. Also used as a base by those looking to climb Mt. Ubakura and Mt. Mitsuishi, the area's hot spring waters soothe away the fatigue of a long day's climbing. The area's three inns each have their own personality. The Kyounso is a Japanese-style inn surrounded by virgin beech and oak forest, and its baths are constantly replenished kakenagashi style from a sulfur spring. The Matsukawaso is a quiet inn where you can bathe in waters exclusively from a source spring while enjoying scenic, natural beauty and being soothed by cheery forest and the murmur of a river. The Shofuso is the oldest of the three and is famed for its baths, which are constantly replenished kakenagashi style from a milky blue-green source spring. Each inn has its own source spring and its own unique qualities.
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  • Oshuku Onsen
    Iwate Iwate-gun Shizukuishicho Oshuku
    The hot springs here were discovered by a woodcutter from Kaga Province; Oshuku means Bush Warbler Town, a name the area gained because of a legend about a wounded bush warbler's leg being healed by the waters here. The curative waters of this hot spring district, situated in a gorge and over 450 years old, have been used by countless bathers since ancient times. The area's simple hot springs and sulfur springs contain an abundance of sodium and carbonated water ions and are said to treat a variety of ailments. There are a total of 18 ryokan inns, hotels, minshuku bed and breakfasts, and inns where guests make their own food-each with their own hot spring bath facilities-for visitors to choose from, and the area is also a convenient place from which to base area sightseeing activities. Koiwai Farm is a 30 minute drive away, and Lake Tazawa 50 minutes. There are also many facilities nearby which make use of the abundant natural beauty of Shizukuishi Town, including Flower and Garden Mori no Kaze, a garden of stunning scale; and the Hachimantai Country Club golf course.
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  • Namari Onsen
    Iwate Hanamaki-shi Namari Nakadaira
    The history of the Namari Onsen Fujisan Ryokan hot spring inn dates back to the discovery of a hot spring here and the building of a temporary bathhouse in 1443, and the building of a row house structure to serve as a public bathhouse in 1786. Here in the inn's bathhouse facilities, visitors can enjoy the waters of the Namari Onsen spring. The inn has been selected for appearance in a revised list of Japan's 100 most famous hot springs and a list of Japan's hot spring heritage sites. The inn operates five source springs and all of the tubs in its four baths are constantly replenished from a source spring kakenagashi style. The inn's famous Shirozaru no Yu natural rock bathtub is the deepest in Japan, with an average depth of 1.25 meters, deep enough to stand up in. The inn's bathing facilities are open to non-guests, as well. Exclusively on Sundays and holidays, visitors can dine in the inns restaurant, Akari; the restaurant can accommodate requests for a private dining room for special occasions.
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  • Hachimantaionsenkyo
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    Iwate Hachimantai-shi Matsuo Yoriki
    A hot spring village which makes use of the piping hot water generated as a byproduct of the Matsukawa Geothermal Power Plant. The village is located in the resort district in the vicinity of Mt. Hachimantai in Towada-Hachimantai National Park. Since the village was established in 1971, it has been a favorite of tourists visiting the Hachimantai area. The waters of the area’s sulfur springs are said to alleviate such ailments as rheumatism, women’s diseases, high blood pressure, skin diseases, and diabetes. The village is also renowned for its year round picturesque scenery, and the fall foliage is particularly impressive. In addition, there are day trip bathhouses in the area with outdoor baths boasting sweeping views of Matsukawa Gorge, a top fall foliage viewing destination. During the Hachimantai Autumn Leaves Festival held in mid-October, visitors can also enjoy a guided walking tour and take in the beauty of Matsukawa Gorge.
  • Hanamaki Hot spring village
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    Iwate Hanamaki-shi
    This hot spring village, one of the foremost in the Tohoku region, is home to numerous distinctive hot spring bathhouses and facilities which enable visitors to experience the area’s springs with all five senses. Situated in a scenic valley, the hot spring town area is brimming with old fashioned hot spring resort atmosphere. Regarded as the top resort destination in Tohoku, some of the area’s many highlights include a spectacular rose garden and charming avenue of cherry trees. The Hanamaki Onsenkyo area encompasses the Hanamaki Minami Onsenkyo area, location of hot spring hotels such as Osawa Onsen and Namari Onsen which offer rooms with cooking facilities perfect for extended convalescent stays, and the Yusen Shidate hotel, renowned for the private outdoor baths attached to its rooms. The waters of the area’s primarily simple springs are said to alleviate such ailments as nerve pain, muscle soreness, joint pain, fatigue, gastrointestinal disorders, sensitivity to cold, and hemorrhoids. Two Hanamaki specialty foods are the Wanko soba noodles and soft serve ice cream served in the Marukan Shokudo restaurant. Enjoy either (or both!) before or after touring the area’s hot spring bathhouses and famous sites connected to poet and children’s book author Kenji Miyazawa.