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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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  • Atsumionsen
    Yamagata Tsuruoka-shi Yuatsumi
    A renowned hot spring district located in Tsuruoka City, Yamagata Prefecture close to the border with Niigata Prefecture. Boasting over 1,000 years since it was first developed as a hot spring rest, the area has been visited by many writers and artists, including Akiko Yosano, Riichi Yokomitsu, and Matsuo Basho. The waters of the area's sodium-calcium chloride springs and sulfate springs are said to ease cuts and skin diseases, while drinking them is believed to treat chronic constipation and gallstones. The hot springs here generate an abundant 1,300 liters of piping hot water every minute, enough to fill around 9,360 oil drums a day. The area is dotted with numerous hot spring water drinking facilities, footbaths, and public baths, making it easy for visitors to enjoy the famous local waters in a variety of ways. Another fun thing to do here is to visit the Atsumi Onsen Morning Market (open April to November) while dressed in a yukata robe and geta sandals.
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  • Akayu Onsen
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    Yamagata Nanyo-shi Akayu
    This hot spring district is located in the middle of a city, a rarity among the hot springs of Yamagata Prefecture; its history stretches back more than 920 years. The district is dotted with 14 hot spring hotels and four public bathhouses, and one of its most notable characteristics is the number of convenience stores and restaurants located close by. Today, this hot spring district in the heart of Nanyo City is on the small side, but the area once flourished as a red-light district, and it is filled with numerous restaurants which bustle with patrons dressed in yukata robes and geta sandals, the traditional costume of a hot spring hotel guest. Nearby Eboshiyama Park, selected as one of Japan's top 100 destinations for cherry blossom viewing, is famous for its 1,000 cherry trees, and visitors are particularly recommended to come here when the flowers are in full bloom in spring. Akayu also grows large quantities of grapes and is home to four wineries, and visitors can enjoy visiting each to sample and compare their wares. In addition, Akayu is known for its nationally popular ramen chains as well as its many more individual and unique ramen restaurants.
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  • Kaminoyamaonsen
    Yamagata Kaminoyama-shi Yumachi Tokamachi Shinyu Hayama Kawasaki Takamatsu
    Kaminoyama once flourished as a castle town beneath Kaminoyama Castle as well as a post station town situated on the Ushu Highway, and even today much of its old castle town atmosphere remains. Also known as the Village of the Three Paradises, Kaminoyama Onsen's history dates back over 560 years. Comprised of six districts, visitors can enjoy the area's beautiful views of Mt. Zao. The Shinyu-Yumachi-Tokamachi district is a history rich area and the location of the Crane's Resting Stone, the place where the hot springs of the area were discovered according to legend. The Hayama-Kawasaki-Takamatsu-Kanakame district is a relatively new area and its superb location offers a sweeping view of Mt. Zao. The area's sodium-calcium chloride-sodium-sulfate springs (common salt springs containing calcium sulfate) generate clear, mildly alkaline waters with a mild mineral scent and salty taste.
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  • Yutagawa Onsen
    Yamagata Tsuruoka-shi Yutagawa
    A hot spring district which generates an abundant 1,000 liters of piping hot water every minute. According to legend, the area's hot springs were discovered in 713 after a wounded white heron landed in a reed bed and was healed by the waters welling forth underneath. Accordingly, the district was once called White Heron Hot Spring in ancient times. The area has sulfate springs; designated a National Hot Spring Health Resorts and both in name and reality the area is a famous hot spring destination. There are 11 hot spring hotels and bathhouses in the area, including public bathhouses, all of whose tubs are constantly replenished kakenagashi style from a source spring; the waters here are said to be effective for general indication and also allegedly highly effective in treating such ailments as cuts, burns, chronic skin diseases, hardening of the arteries, and eye diseases. The area's two public bathhouses-the Shomen no Yu and the Ta no Yu-replenish the waters in their baths constantly kakenagashi style as well using the natural flow of a source spring, and the rate at which old water is replaced with new is one of the highest in the country; the waters of these bathhouses are extremely pure and natural, and neither facility makes use of any additional waters, heating, or recirculation.
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  • Gassan Shizu Onsen
    Yamagata Nishimurayama-gun Nishikawa Machi Shizu
    A hot spring district located in an area known as Shizu positioned midway up Mt. Gassan, one of the Three Mountains of Dewa. Surrounded by the virgin beech forest at the foot of the mountain, the district serves as an outdoor sports resort. In ancient times, pilgrims stayed here while visiting the sacred mountains; today, the area hosts many tourists come to enjoy trekking and summer skiing. The waters of the area's carbon dioxide-containing sodium chloride cold mineral springs are said to treat a wide array of ailments, including chronic skin diseases, chronic women's diseases, joint pain, and chronic digestive diseases. Area sightseeing destinations include Yamagata Natural Museum Park, a park where visitors can deepen their understanding of nature while surrounded by the natural beauty of Mt. Gassan's beech forest and Ryumondaki Waterfall, known for its deep, broad green plunge basin. There are also many sightseeing destinations where visitors can enjoy unique experiences only found on Mt. Gassan.
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  • Onogawa Onsen
    Yamagata Yonezawa-shi Onogawamachi
    The famous waters of this hot spring district are said to have been discovered by the poet Ono no Komachi and were beloved by the samurai Date Masamune, the lord of Yonezawa Domain. The district is located in an area with spectacular seasonal natural beauty. The waters of the district's radium- and sulfur-containing sodium calcium chloride springs are gentle on the skin and contain an abundance of metasilicic acid, a substance also used in facial lotions. The waters of the springs can also be drunk for further health benefits on top of those gained in bathing in them. A money-saving, wooden top-shaped pass called the Yumeguri Tegata is sold at all inns in the area; the pass allows holders to visit the bathhouses of any three inns of their choice in Onogawa Onsen and Shirabu Onsen. Once the pass has been used up, holders can take part in a free class to paint it and created a memento of their trip, a very popular area activity. There are many other classes offered in the area for visitors to enjoy, including making a Buddhist nenju rosary bracelet, sutra copying, ceramic bell painting, and making custard-like soft boiled hot spring eggs.
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  • Akakura Onsen
    Yamagata Mogami-gun Mogamimachi Tomisawa Akakura
    First developed in 1816, this hot spring is the only one in Japan to have been directly operated by a feudal domain government. The waters of the calcium magnesium sodium sulfate / hydrocarbonate salt springs, piped from Mt. Myoko, one of Japan's 100 most famous mountains, combine two differing qualities. These waters are said to be effective for general indication and treat such ailments as cuts, peripheral circulatory failure, sensitivity to cold, depression, abnormally dry skin, hardening of the arteries, chronic skin diseases, and burns. The area is also said to be the birthplace of the concept of an onsen sommelier, and the local onsen sommeliers, versed in the intricacies of hot springs and how to bathe in them, can answer any questions you may have. Visitors can choose between hot spring lodging facilities as well as day trip bathhouses and footbaths as suits their needs and interests.
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  • Atsumionsen
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    Yamagata Tsuruoka-shi Yuatsumi