Hot Springs

Tohoku is home to dozens of hot springs for serious travellers. Some might even refer them as the mother of all Onsen baths. Hot springs are nature’s gift to the region and can be found in rustic rural areas, so much so that they embody the culture of the place.

The area where Iwate, Miyagi, and Yamagata meet is full of such hot springs, some even dating back hundreds of years. Make sure you soak up the surreal experience with unobstructed views of breathtaking sceneries, where you can be one with Mother Nature.

Nyuto Onsen is a well-known onsen town in Akita prefecture, with a rich history of 300 years, that one of the ryokans here was dated back to the Edo period. As Nyuto Onsen is located within the Towada-Hachimantai National Park, onsen visitors who soak in the outdoor onsen are able to enjoy an amazing view of the nature.

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With a beautiful backdrop of mountains of the Yamagata prefecture, Zao Onsen provides a fantastic experience for any traveller. Zao Onsen is one of the oldest hot springs that is said to help with skin conditions and gastrointestinal disorders. Sit in the hot spring amidst the greenery in the summer, and take a stroll or cycle into the forest.

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Tsuchiyu Onsen is located in the valley of the clear Arakawa River which springs from the mountain of the Azuma mountain peak. It is a village with hundreds of years of history. The cherry blossoms and autumn leaves planted along the Arakawa River provide a beautiful scenery of the quaint town.

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Hanamaki Onsen

In Hanamaki, you will be spoilt for choice with various hot springs. Set along the magnificent view of the Hanamaki mountain range, Hanamaki Onsen is one of the best known hot spring areas in Iwate prefecture. In this hot spring resort, there is a sundial in rose garden designed by Kenji Miyazawa, a famous poet from Hanamaki city.

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