Heal Yourself at One of Akita's Idyllic Hot Spring Retreats
The soothing waters of Tamagawa Onsen offer a host of health benefits
Akita's cold winters are best enjoyed at one of the region’s notable hot spring resorts, and Tamagawa Onsen is a longtime favorite. The area’s steamy waters were first discovered in 1680 by a local hunter. It later earned the nickname “deer springs” when a wounded animal was found taking a dip in its waters. In the 1950s, the Japanese government certified its healing properties, designating it as a national health preservation hot spring.
Go for a dip in the waters and you'll feel the effects of the unique blend of hydrochloride and radium, materials that are said to promote quick recovery from various ailments. Tamagawa Onsen boasts eight different baths of varying temperatures, as well as steam baths and waterfall showers. For those looking for specific assistance in health-related matters, a certified nurse on staff is happy to assist with any therapeutic bathing requests.
Visitors to Tamagawa Onsen can choose to enjoy a traditional stay including room or board, or can opt for a more casual stay in the lodging’s self-catering section. If you’re looking for an even more expansive outdoor adventure, the vast natural splendors of Towada-Hachimantai National Park are just a short distance away from Tamagawa Onsen.
Access: From Tokyo Station, take the Akita Shinkansen to Tazawako Station (about two hours 45 minutes), then take the bus to the Shin-Tamagawa Onsen stop (about one hour five minutes) and walk about 40 minutes, or take a taxi to Tamagawa Onsen.
Tamagawa Onsen Hot Spring
Shibukurozawa, Tamagawa, Tazawa-ko, Semboku-shi, Akita-ken
1 night, 2 days or more