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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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.
A hot spring district located in Kesennuma commanding a view of the sea off the Sanriku coast, one of the top fishing grounds in the world. The natural hot spring here, buried deep underground, was first developed in 2005. The waters of this hypotonic common salt spring, welling up from 1,800 meters below the surface, are said to ease nerve pain, sensitivity to cold, atopic dermatitis, and blood circulation blockages. A strongly saline sodium-chloride spring, its waters are salty like the ocean. Because bathers can rest their heads on the edge of a tub, stretch out their legs, and float as easily as if they were swimming in the sea itself, this hot spring district is also known as the Buoyant Onsen. The hot spring here also boasts one of the highest ion concentrations in the Tohoku area and possesses strong heat-retaining properties, thus warming the body from the inside-out and promoting beauty.
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.
A quiet hot spring district renowned in the Ou region for its medicinal waters, said to heal wounds since ancient times, sprawling near the summit of Mt. Fubo, a part of the southern Zao Mountains. According to legend, the hot spring waters here were discovered in 1428 when a villager noticed steam emerging from the edge of a stone; upon poking it with a sickle, piping hot water burst forth. In lists of hot spring areas in the Edo period, this famous district was described as the maegashira of the east, an allusion to a sumo wrestling rank indicating it stood above other, rank and file hot springs. The waters of the area's chloride springs and sulfate springs are said to treat nerve pain, rheumatisms, women's diseases, gastrointestinal disorders, high blood pressure, and hardening of the arteries. The district is known for its traditional Yajiro kokeshi wooden dolls and Shiroishi umen noodles. The district encompasses five lodging facilities as well as six day trip hot spring bathhouses.
This hot spring district, one of several comprising the Naruko Onsenkyo hot spring village, has been counted as one of the Three Famous Springs of Ohsyu Province since ancient times. Of the five hot springs which make up the village, this one is the largest and encompasses traditional as well as modern hot spring lodging facilities and restaurants. There are two public bathhouses in the district-the Taki no Yu and the Waseda Sajikiyu-as well as 19 lodging facilities with bathhouses. Each operates at least one private source spring, and six different varieties of source springs are found in the area. Naruko was the first area in Japan to create kokeshi wooden dolls, and travelers are encouraged to make their way to the Japan Kokeshi Museum located here as well. Museum visitors can watch demonstrations of skilled artisans making kokeshi using a foot-powered lathe, try painting their own kokeshi, and see exhibits displaying kokeshi spanning 11 different styles from six prefectures in the Tohoku region. The district is surrounded by abundant natural beauty, such as Katanuma Marsh, a lake formed by a volcanic eruption 1,200 years ago and one of the most acidic lakes in Japan. The colors of the lake's waters famously change color depending on the time of year.
Visitors to this hot spring district, also known as Taiko Tensen (Ancient Heavenly Spring), can enjoy the scenery of Matsushima, considered one of the three most beautiful areas in japan. The area's springs, beloved by countless numbers of people as a gift from heaven, are fed by a reservoir of rain water accumulated several hundred million years ago 1,500 meters under the ground and heated by geothermal energy. There are three source springs in the area-a simple hot spring, a chloride spring, and a sulfate spring-and their waters are said to beautify the skin and treat such ailments as nerve pain, muscle soreness, stiff shoulders, lower back pain, joint pain, fatigue, sprains, sensitivity to cold, skin diseases, bruises, and hemorrhoids. There are also many nearby places where visitors can experience the history and natural beauty of the area, such as Mt. Tamonzan, Mt. Tomiyama, and Mt. Otakamori; Ogitani (Fan Valley), from which visitors can view four of Matsushima's most picturesque locations all at once; the Matsushima Sightseeing Boats; the Date Masamune Historical Museum, and the Godaido Temple.
A hot spring area, surrounded by lush natural beauty, considered the “inner parlor” of Sendai. Since it opened in 1796, the area has been a favorite of countless people. This area is also known for its connection to such cultural figures as Masaoka Shiki; Bansui Doi; Ippei Okamoto, manga artist and father of Taro Okamoto; and Jiro Shirasu, close associate of Shigeru Yoshida. Because of the area’s abundant flow of waters that are gentle on skin, it has also gained a reputation as a “hot spring which produces beautiful women.” The waters of the area’s simple hot springs, chloride springs, and sulfate springs are said to beautify the skin and treat such ailments as nerve pain, rheumatism, joint pain, women’s diseases, and sensitivity to cold. The Nikka Whisky Sendai Factory, where visitors can see the whisky making process; and the picturesque beauty of the sprawling Okunikkawa Ravine and Homei Shijuhachi-taki Falls can also be found nearby.