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A bathing trip to prominent hot springs in Tohoku
Hot springs are interspersed along this route. Which one to bathe in…
it’s great to be overwhelmed in such wonderful choices.

Yumoto Onsen

The famous poet of the Meiji period, Masaoka Shiki, is known to have stayed at this hot spring. There are many restaurants here, and visitors can enjoy wild mountain vegetables, mushrooms, river fish, and other delicacies from the land.

Yugawa Onsen

This spring has been popular since long ago as a spa and is made up of three baths, Detonoyu, Nakanoyu, and Okunoyu. There are many little family run inns with great service.

Okutsu Onsen

Part of the bath has a cobblestone bottom with a walking course that improves circulation by stimulating pressure points on the bottom of your feet. This charming place has great spring water and a relaxing atmosphere.

Sugo Onsen

It is located in the highland border area between Akita and Iwate on national route 107. Thus it is both conveniently located and boasts excellent views. It’s recognizable by the large “Kashimasama” doll that guards against evil spirits.

Shigarai Onsen

The natural hot spring uses fresh flowing spring water and there is also a sauna. The Shigarai Dome with its artificial lawn, a campsite, and a ski area are adjacent.

Yakushi Kannon

Yumoto Onsen is said to have been discovered more than 350 years ago when a crane was healing itself there. The statue of Kannon that stands by the source of the spring. “Oyu,” contains the wishes of the people that continue to protect the famous spring.

There are also many casual day baths

Yumoto Onsen

Visitors can bathe early in the Yumoto Onsen. It's known as a location the famous haiku poet Masaoka Shiki, stayed during the Meiji Period. This is also called Ushinoyu.

Yunosawa Onsen

There is a ski area and auto camp-ground nearby, so after enjoying leisure time visitors can relax in the hot spring bath.

Tsukizawa Onsen

In this unique place visitors wearing yukata are buried in natural hot silica sand. The results are a lighter feeling and improved blood circulation. This is called Sunayukko.

Kawashiri Onsen

This hot spring bath is attached to the JR Kitakami Line Hotto Yuda Station, so you can easily take a quick bath while waiting for your train. The train signals in the bath ensure to never miss your train while relaxing.

Mahiru Onsen

This hot spring is loved by locals as a public bath for the community. Local wood used in the bath adds extra warmth to the bath.

Saso Onsen

This multipurpose hot spring has a meeting room for 60 people, a lounge, and a social room. There is also a campground next door (with bungalows).