8 Best Hot Springs in the Tohoku Region

Introducing you to the world of hot springs in Tohoku. Here are 8 selections that's chosen for not only its popularity, but also the characteristics of the surroundings and good transportation access.


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1. Ginzan Onsen (銀山温泉) [Yamagata]


It’s a hot spring town with beautiful nostalgic Japanese-style hotels that stand on the Ginzan riverside. Used as a location for the NHK drama “Oshin”, which was also on broadcast outside Japan, you may feel its somewhat familiar to you. It is said that the hot springs here can heal cuts, burns and chronic skin diseases.

Address: Ginzan Shinhata, Obanazawa-shi, Yamagata 

2. Sukayu Onsen (酸ヶ湯温泉) [Aomori]

This  large public bath, with more than 300 years of history, is called “Hiba Sennin Furo – 1,000 Person Bath” that has more than 300 years history. Within an area of 160-mats (about 250 meters squared), there are 4 types of baths, hot water bath, 40~60% (medium temperature) bath, pelting water bath and cold water bath. Basically, its a mixed bath, but they also have particular time slots that men and women can use it separately. This hot spring is said to be effective for  heal rheumatism, nervous disease and skin disease.

Address: Minami Arakawasan, Arakawa, Aomori-shi, Aomori.  

3. Akiu Onsen (秋保温泉) [Miyagi]


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It’s a famous bath where Masamune Date (a feudal lord in the late 16th to early 17th century) took a bath. This hot spring can heal diseases such as rheumatism and nerve pain. Although it's located near the center of Sendai City, it will be a perfect one day out, as its surrounded by many natural sites such as Akiu Falls and Rairaikyo. It is abundant of beautiful scenery perfect for the background view of your memorial picture.

Yumoto Akiumachi Taihaku Ward Sendai City Miyagi Prefecture 

4. Takayu Onsen (高湯温泉) [Fukushima]



Takayu Onsen, located in the Azuma highlands, has a long history of  around 400 years. Soaking yourself in this turbid sulfur spring bath with the nature in your background, will definitely relax your five senses. You can also experience a sense of being hidden away in the deepness of nature. Within 2 km from the hot spring, there are waterfalls and observation decks where you can enjoy hiking.

Address: Takayu, Machiniwasaka, Fukushima-shi, Fukushima

5. Minamisanriku Onsen (南三陸温泉) [Miyagi]

The feeling of freedom, with the panoramic view of Pacific Ocean in front of you while soaking in the hot spring bath drawn from 2000 meters underground, can only be experienced when you put yourself in it. There is a open-air bath, a large bath and a sauna, each for men and women.

99-17 Kurosaki Minamisanriku-cho Motoyoshi-gun Miyagi Prefecture  

6. Naruko Onsen (鳴子温泉) [Miyagi]

Naruko Onsen has a variety of quality hot springs. You can take a “Spring Tour” and try out the various springs by walkng around the area with geta, wooden clogs. You can pay your bathing charges with cash, but if you want to try many of the onsens, we recommend you to buy a spring tour ticket, available for 1,300 yen (you can enjoy 6 spots with it).

Address: Naruko Onsen, Osaki-shi, Miyagi  

7. Aoni Onsen (青荷温泉) [Aomori]


The only place to stay in Aoni Onsen is “Lamp no Yado”. It has a nostalgic atmosphere with various of lamps and pictures which are decorated with nebuta motifs (Nebuta is a famous summer festival in Aomori). It also has a fireplace that only exist in traditional Japanese homes. It altogether attracts people as a place to experience something that you cannot in the city.

Address: 1-chome 7, Aonisawatakinoue, Okiura, Kuroishi-shi, Aomori 

8. Tazawako Kogen Onsen (田沢湖高原温泉) [Akita]

It’s a hot spring village where you can see the panaromic view of the beautiful Tazawako Lake that has a high degree of transparency. It's recommend to people who want to enjoy the turbid water of Nyuto Spring and the rich nature of Tohoku. It is said to be effective for diseases such as chronic skin diseases and gynecological disease.

Address: Senboku-shi,  Akita 

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