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There are hot springs (onsen) in every city, town, and village in Yamagata, making it a true Hot Spring Paradise. There are hot springs of all shapes and sizes here, from hot springs where you are surrounded by the beauty of nature to hot springs connected with wooden ryokan (traditional Japanese inns) that have an alluring history of their own. The hot springs in Yamagata reflect the unique culture and atmosphere of each area, and they are always ready and excited to welcome visitors.
Here is an introduction to 16 of the most well known hot springs in Yamagata, out of the nearly 150 hot springs in the prefecture.

Yamagata City Area

Zao Hot Springs

Zao Hot Springs

Please see the Zao Hot Springs page for more information.

Tendo Hot Springs

Anyone can have a luxurious time at the Tendo Hot Springs, located approximately 20 minutes by car from the center of Yamagata City, thanks to a number of modern ryokan equipped with a wide variety of amenities. Cherries, peaches, fruit orchards and other agriculture also thrive in this area, so you can enjoy harvesting some fruit along with your trip to the hot spring.
As the number one producer of pieces for shogi (Japanese style chess) in the country, you can see elaborate shogi-related monuments throughout all of Tendo, as well as participate in a Make Your Own Shogi Piece experience. Finally, you can enjoy the One Coin Campaign offered at many Tendo Area restraunts, where you can eat a meal for just 500 Yen.

  • Hot Spring Lodging Facilities: 14
  • 15 minutes by foot from JR Tendo Station

Kaminoyama Hot Springs

The Kaminoyama Hot Springs area, located 30 minutes by car from Yamagata City, is composed of 6 different hot springs villages throughout Kaminoyama City. There are beautiful warehouses and mansions located throughout the scenic hot springs villages of Shinyu, Yumachi, and Tokamachi, and the area’s rich history as a town that once revolved around a castle can still be seen today. There is an unforgettable view of Zao and the surrounding mountains from the quiet Takamatsu, Hayama, and Kawasaki hot springs villages. All of the Kaminoyama Hot Springs promote a campaign encouraging people to wear yukata, an informal kimono commonly worn after bathing, throughout the area from April to September. There are a variety of special services and benefits offered to visitors who wear yukata during this period.

  • Hot Spring Lodging Facilities: 31

  • (1) 15 minutes by foot from the JR Kaminoyama Station to the Shinyu, Yumachi, and Tokamachi hot springs villages.
    (2) 5 minutes by taxi from the JR Kaminoyama Station to the Takamatsu, Hayama, and Kawasaki hot springs villages.
Kaminoyama Hot Springs

Sagae Hot Springs

The Sagae Hot Springs are renowned for their unique baths that make use of Sagae City’s famous roses. These elegant rose petal baths are said to give people more beautiful skin, and the beautiful aroma of roses is deeply soothing.

  • Hot Spring Lodging Facilities: 9
  • Access: 3 minutes by foot from the JR Sagae Station
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Sagae Hot Springs Hijiori Hot Springs Yutagawa Hot Springs

Gassan Shizu Hot Springs

The Gassan Shizu Hot Springs are located in the Shizu area on the hillside of Mt. Gassan, one of the three sacred mountains that make up Yamagata’s Dewa Sanzan. Once a lodging area for pilgrims on their journey to the Dewa Sanzan, this area is now vibrant with the activity of people trekking and summer skiing in the area. After going to the hot springs, you can refresh both your body and your soul by trying local dishes that make use of the wild mountain vegetables and mushrooms from the area.

  • Hot Spring Lodging Facilities: 10
  • Access:
    (1) Take the Hagura Peak/Gassan 8th Station (Haguro Sancho/Gassan Hachi-goume) bound bus from Tsuruoka Station for 30 minutes until the Haguro Center stop.
    (2) Take the Tsuruoka/Sakata bound express bus from JR Yamagata Station for approximately one hour until the Gassan Guchi stop. From there, transfer to the municipal bus. Ride the municipal bus for approximately 30 minutes to the Gassan Ubasawa Guchi stop. (Some local lodging facilities may also offer services to pick up customers from the Gassan Guchi stop.)

Sakuranbo Higashine Hot Springs

These hot springs are located in Higashine City, the largest producer of cherries in all of Japan. If you take a casual walk through this hot springs village, you will find five hot spring bathhouses that are used often by the locals. Each of these hot spring bathhouses is uniquely enjoyable. The austere hazel waters will warm you to your very core. These hot springs are renowned for keeping bathers warm even after the bath is over. Also, don’t miss the foot bath in this area, which is the biggest in the prefecture.

  • Hot Spring Lodging Facilities: 22
  • Access: 7 minutes by taxi from the JR Higashine Station

Ginzan Hot Springs

Please see the Ginzan Hot Springs page for more information.

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Yonezawa Area Hot Springs

Shirabu Hot Springs

The grass thatched roofs of the traditional ryokan (traditional Japanese style inns) in this area can make you truly feel the 700 year history of this hot spring village. Outdoor sports enthusiasts who trek and ski on the Tengendai Highlands and Mt. Azuma are also known to gather at the Shirabu Hot Springs.

  • Hot Spring Lodging Facilities: 5
  • Access: Take the Shirabu Hot Springs (Shirabu Onsen) bound bus from JR Yonezawa Station for approximately 50 minutes.
Shirabu Hot Springs

Akayu Hot Springs

Long known and enjoyed as a getaway spot dating back to the feudal era when the Uesugi Clan ruled this area, the Akayu Hot Springs are located in the remote countryside. This hot spring boasts an over 900 year history, and the area is lined with traditional inns of long standing. There are also a number of grape and apple orchards in the area where you can enjoy a fruit harvesting experience.

  • Hot Spring Lodging Facilities: 17
  • 10 minutes by taxi from JR Akayu Station
Akayu Hot Springs

Onogawa Hot Springs

The Onogawa Hot Spring is believed to increase the beauty of those who use it. The origin of this belief has its roots in a legend revolving around Ono no Komachi, one of the traditional Three Great Beauties of Japan. It is said that she fell very ill while on a journey from Kyoto to the Northeastern Tohoku region of Japan to search for her father but was healed at the Onogawa Hot Springs. In the summer, the Onogawa Hot Springs are also known for rich natural scenery filled with enchanting fire flies.

  • Hot Spring Lodging Facilities: 16
  • Access: Approximately 25 minutes on the Onogawa Hot Springs (Onogawa Onsen) bound bus from the JR Yonezawa Station

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Shinjo Area Hot Springs

Hijiori Hot Springs

You can experience the atmosphere of ancient Japan at the Hijiori Hot Springs, where people riding rickshaws or taking a pleasant stroll wearing yukata on streets lined with traditional Japanese inns are a common sight. This hot spring has an over 1200 year history. It gained notoriety long ago as a therapeutic bath, and to this day there is still no end to people who come seeking its curative effects.
In addition to the hot spring itself, we also strongly recommend the morning market, where you can buy pickled foods, mushrooms, and fresh vegetables from the region, among other things. We can guarantee that you’ll be satisfied by freshness, price, and quantity of what you find. True beauty begins on the inside, and after spending some time surrounded by the healthy, delicious foods at this market, you’re sure to feel your beauty shining through.

  • Hot Spring Lodging Facilities: 22
  • Accesss: Approximately 1 hour by Hijiori Hot Springs (Hijiori Onsen) bound bus from the JR Shinjo Station

Akakura Hot Springs

The Akakura Hot Springs Village is known as a great place to enjoy the beautiful scenery of autumn, thanks to the majestic Oguni River that flows though this hot springs village and the nearby Akakura Valley. The Akakura Hot Springs area is brimming with so much natural hot spring water that you can make a hot spring yourself just by digging into the bank of the Oguni River.

  • Hot Spring Lodging Facilities: 11
  • Access: Take the Rikuu East Line (Rikuu-Tousen) from the JR Shinjo Station for about 30 minutes until the Akakura Hot Spring (Akakura Onsen) stop.

Semi Hot Springs

A clear brook surrounded by fireflies creates the unique natural scenery of the Semi Hot Springs. The Semi Hot Springs are famous for their fukashiyu, where steam created by hot spring water rises up through a wooden floor to warm you up. It is said to be an effective treatment for neurological and feminine disorders.

  • Hot Spring Lodging Facilities: 11
  • Take the Rikuu East Line (Rikuu-Tousen) from the JR Shinjo Station for approximately 20 minutes until reaching the Semi Hot Springs (Semi Onsen) stop. Then, walk for 10 minutes.

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Sakata and Tsuruoka City Area Hot Springs

Yutagawa Hot Springs

The Yutagawa Hot Springs were loved by a wide variety of writers and artists, including historical fiction author Fujisawa Shuhei, song writer Saito Mokichi, author Yokomitsu Riichi, haiku poet Taneda Santoka, and painter Takehisa Yumeji. Streets lined with wooden architecture and tiled roofs create the quiet and relaxing atmosphere of this hot springs village. Finally, springtime visitors should not miss a chance to try to local dishes made with fresh bamboo shoots from the surrounding bamboo forest.

  • Hot Spring Lodging Facilities: 12
  • Access: Take the Yutagawa Hot Springs (Yutagawa Onsen) bound bus for approximately 30 minutes from the JR Tsuruoka Station until the Yutagawa Hot Springs stop.

Yunohama Hot Springs Resort

Yunohana is a hot springs resort along the coast. Warming yourself up with a soak in this hot spring after swimming in the ocean and playing water sports on a beach of white sand and clear blue skies is an truly unique experience. Because this hot spring is along the ocean, the seafood is exquisite. After you’re done enjoying the hot spring, you can have a romantic evening eating delicious seafood while watching the sun set into the ocean.

  • Hot Spring Lodging Facilities: 23
  • Take the Yunohama Hot Spring (Yunohama Onsen) bound bus for approximately 30 minutes from the JR Tsuruoka Station.
Yunohama Hot Springs Resort

Atsumi Hot Springs

Located in the mountains next to a beautiful stream flowing into the nearby ocean, the Atsumi Hot Springs have an over 1000 year history. These hot springs are famously popularly as a spot for therapeutic bathing. From April to early December, there is also a morning farmer’s market with an over 260 year history at Atsumi Hot Springs. This market is packed with fresh vegetables and sea food, as well as other seasonal produce.

  • Hot Spring Lodging Facilities: 11

  • (1) Take the Hot Springs Village (Atsumi Onsen Center) (Onsengai [Atsumi Onsen Sentaa]) bound bus from the JR Atsumi Onsen Station for approximately 8 minutes.
    (2) Alternately, take the express bus bound for Tsuruoka/Sakata from the JR Yamagata Station for approximately 2 hours until the JR Tsuruoka Station. At the JR Tsuruoka Station, transfer to the Atsumi Hot Springs (Atsumi Onsen) bound bus and take it for approximately one hour until reaching the Atsumi Hot Springs.
Atsumi Hot Springs

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[For More Information Contact]
(Japanese and English)

The Yamagata Tourism Information Center
Yamagata Prefecture,
Yamagata City, Jonanmachi,
1-1-1, Kajo Central
Phone +81-23-647-2333
Fax +81-23-646-6333
info@yamagatakanko.com

[For More Information Contact]
(Japanese and English)
The Yamagata Tourism Information Center
Yamagata Prefecture, Yamagata City, Jonanmachi, 1-1-1, Kajo Central
Phone +81-23-647-2333   Fax +81-23-646-6333   E-mail info@yamagatakanko.com