[He Zeng Lilong Column]Top 10 Hot Spring Selections in Tohoku


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The famous Tohoku hot spring group concentrated near the Ou Mountains

Located in the central watershed of the northeast is the Ou Mountain Range. In the Ou Mountain Range, there are towering volcanoes in the Nasu Volcanic Belt, such as Hakkoda Mountain, Kurikoma Mountain, Azuma Mountain, and Mt. Nasu. In addition, Hachimantai and Zao are also volcanoes. .

Because the Ou Mountain Range coincides with the Nasu Volcano Belt, almost all hot springs gush out near the Ou Mountain Range, and most of the famous hot springs in the Northeast are also concentrated near the Ou Mountain Range volcano.

My favorite hot spring trip is the “Hachimantai Journey” based in Morioka. After riding Hachimantai, crossing the Mitotoge at the junction of Iwate and Akita prefectures, follow National Highway No. 341 and go south to National Highway No. 46. On the way back to Morioka, you can also go to the Nyuto Onsen at the foot of Mount Nyuto and the hot springs at the southern foot of Mount Iwate.

There are about 30 hot springs on this “tour around Hachimantai” route, including steamed hot springs in Hachimantai or Gojokake hot springs, Matsukawa hot springs, Sunroku hot springs in Nyuto hot springs, Kuroyu hot springs, etc. All of them are not selected as the “Top Ten Hot Springs in Tohoku” but are also very famous hot springs.

At the end of the article, I will also present photos of hot springs that were not selected as the top ten hot springs in Tohoku in the “Hachimantai Tour”.

01. Osore Mountain Hot Spring (Aomori)

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▲The “Hana-Dye-no-Yu” at Mount Osore Onsen, the baths, baths, and hot springs made of cypress are superb (Photo: Satoru Satoru)

Mount Osore is one of the three great sacred sites in Japan. You need to pay a 500 yen entrance fee to enter the mountain. After entering the mountain, the mountains are filled with a rich flavor. There are 4 rustic wooden soup houses in Mount Osore, all of which can be bathed for free.

The 4 hot springs are “Futaki no Yu”, “Leng抜 no Yu”, “Yakushi no Yu” and “Hanaran no Yu”. Among them, “Leng抜 no Yu” and “Yokushi no Yu” are exclusive bathing areas for men. “Furutaki no Yu” is a bathing area exclusively for women, while “Hanaran no Yu” is a mixed bath for men and women. The baths, baths and hot springs are all made of cypress wood. The hot springs are cloudy in color with a sour taste and emit a strong Sulfur smell.


02. Dake Onsen (Aomori)

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▲The hot spring at the “Tazawa Ryokan” in Dake Onsen is next to the “Tazawa Canteen” (Photo: Satoru Satoru)

There are also several hot springs near Iwaki Mountain in “Tsugaru Fuji”. The color and quality of each hot spring are different. For example, Hyakusawa hot spring in front of Iwakiyama Shrine is a hot spring with grass green, which has existed since the Edo period. The “Tazawa Ryokan” hot spring is a beautiful white turbid hot spring, and the color of the hot spring may even change little by little over time.

03. Fujichi Onsen (Iwate)

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▲The indoor hot spring of “Caiyunzhuang” in Tengqi Hot Spring Area. There are several bathing areas in Caiyunzhuang, including open-air hot springs.

Fujichi Onsen is located at an altitude of 1,400 meters, and is the highest hot spring in the Northeast. From the Mitotoge at the junction of Iwate and Akita prefectures to the Hachimantai Sea of ​​Trees, you will see a single-family hotel “Saiunzou”. Whether it is an indoor hot spring or an outdoor hot spring is great.


04. Summer Oil Hot Spring (Iwate)

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▲”Yuantang Xiayou” in Xiayou hot spring area, it is recommended to stay here for one night

Xiayou Hot Spring is originated from the spring at an elevation of 700 meters in the upper reaches of Xiayouchuan. Surrounded by the virgin forest of Shanmao, there are also large soup, takino soup, hernia soup, real soup, and mu ( There are 5 open-air hot springs along the stream such as Noyu.

There was a great encounter here. It happened in a mixed bath-“Hernia no Soup”. Suddenly two young women in yukata came in. The two women seemed a little hesitant at first, but after discussing it with them The determined expression entered the hernia soup, and the sight of the two taking off their yukatas was also very pleasing to the eye.

Because they both like hot springs, they came here from Ishinomaki. They said, “We like the hot springs full of rural atmosphere.” As soon as they heard the writing, they immediately listed a few northeastern country style hot springs. A “hot spring exchange”.

05. Tamagawa Hot Spring (Akita)

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▲ Open-air hot spring in Tamagawa Hot Spring Area

Tamagawa Onsen is a single-family hot spring hotel located at the western foot of the burning mountain (1366m). It has a strong acidic hot spring with a large amount of hot springs. The natural research walkway here is especially recommended because you can see Yuda where the hot spring crystals are collected on the walkway.

There are free mixed bathing open-air hot springs in the Tamagawa Hot Spring area. Many people are doing rock bathing nearby. It is said that high-temperature steam is ejected from the rock holes, which is good for the body.


06. Tsurunoyu Hot Spring (Akita)

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▲Tsurunoyu’s mixed bathing open-air hot spring, the spring color is amazing white hot spring

It is said that Yoshitaka Satake, lord of the Akita domain, came here for hot spring treatment in 1638. Therefore, Tsurunoyu Hot Spring can be said to be the most historic hot spring in Nyuto Hot Spring Village. The spring color of the mixed outdoor hot spring is amazingly white. Although there are white hot springs, black hot springs, Nakanoyu and Takinoyu are four types of hot springs, but even the hot springs called black hot springs are still white.

In addition, it is said that the origin of the name of Tsurunoyu Hot Springs is because an injured wild crane used to soak in the hot springs here and then healed, so it got its name. There are also Myonoyu Hot Springs, Ogama Hot Springs, Crab Field Hot Springs, Sunroku Hot Springs, Black hot springs, etc., are all great hot springs.

07. Tokarada Hot Spring (Miyagi)

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▲The public bath “Kami no Yu” in Tokarida Onsen is also quite popular among knights

Located at the foot of Mount Zao, Tokarada Onsen is a hot spring with a long history of 400 years of hot springs. Since ancient times, there have been many hot springs in the area of ​​Mount Zao. Among them, the therapeutic effects of Tokarada Onsen are well received. The bath “Kin no Yu” is a great bathing area. There are two types of baths, “Hot no Yu” and “On no Yu”, but even the “On no Yu” is still very hot.

08. Laoyu Hot Spring (Yamagata)

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▲Soak in the large open-air hot spring mixed with Laoyu Hot Spring, wow! This is the atmosphere of the secret hot spring

Laoyu Hot Spring is a single-family hot spring hotel that walks 4 kilometers from Namegawa Hot Springs, where the Big Waterfall is located, to the mountains. It is the most secret hot spring near the Azuma Mountain Range. There is also a Z-shaped on the way. Steep slopes in the steering zone.

The mixed-bath open-air hot springs of “Maggaya” are really nothing to say. Here you can look up at the surrounding cliffs while soaking in the hot springs, and even have a chance to see Japanese antelopes galloping on the steep cliffs.

09. Makugawa Hot Spring (Fukushima)

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▲The mixed open-air hot spring at Makugawa Onsen “Mitoya Ryokan”, the unique hot spring bath has a great atmosphere

Makugawa Onsen is located on a mountain road 3 kilometers from Tsuchiyu Pass, and can be reached by motorcycle.

Makugawa Onsen is the most secret hot spring in the hot spring group near Tsuchiyu Toge. There are two hot spring inns, “Motoyu Mitoya Ryokan” and “Yoshikura Ryokan”, both of which are well-known hot spring hotels. There are open-air hot springs, and the “Mitoya Ryokan” mixed-bath open-air hot spring is great, and there are women-only hours.

10. Horsetail Hot Spring (Fukushima)

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▲The mixed open-air hot spring “Iwa Onsen” at the Horsetail Hot Springs, with a stream flowing in front of you (Photo: Satoru Chaoshan)

A few kilometers from National Highway No. 352, there is Okuaizu secret hot spring on the way to the south. There is a mixed open-air hot spring “Iwa Onsen” that runs along the Nishine River.

Put 200 yen in the toll box at the entrance and you can enter. After entering, you can see hot springs gushing from the big rocks of Iwa Onsen. The recommended hotel here is the guest house “Wakamatsuya” in front of Iwa Onsen. In spring and autumn, you can enjoy mountain vegetables and shiitake mushroom dishes at Wakamatsuya.

Travel around the hot springs of Hachimantai

Steamed Hot Spring

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Yushengkake Hot Spring

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Matsukawa Hot Springs

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Sunliu Hot Spring

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Black hot spring

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“Webike Famous Column” He Zeng Lilong
“Webike Taiwan” editorial department compiled

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