Unwind at a Traditional Inn and Bathe in Ancient Hot Springs
A hidden gem in the primeval forests of Aomori Prefecture
Tucked within an expanse of virgin beech trees, Tsuta Onsen invites you to retreat from the modern world and discover the gentle flow of "forest time." Arrive at this quaint Japanese inn, slip into a yukata robe, and amble along cozy wooden corridors on your way to soak in the thousand-year-old hot spring. Treat your road-weary bones to a singular bathing experience, as thermal water flows directly from the natural source and gently burbles into a meticulously crafted beechwood tub.
At night, rest your head on your choice of a traditional futon mattress or a Western-style bed, and relax in the refined elegance of a Japanese design common to all rooms. Slide open shoji paper screens to gaze out onto magical, seasonal scenes of snow-topped trees, verdant leaves, or the crisp red and orange hues of autumn. Treat your senses to a taste of Aomori, with a multi-course kaiseki meal featuring specialty dishes lovingly prepared using local seasonal ingredients. As time slows, enjoy the ensuing serenity that once charmed Japanese literary figures who sought sanctuary here deep in To hoku, on the northern tip of Japan’s main island, Honshu.
Nature lovers will rejoice at the stunning outdoor sights nearby, and no wonder—Tsuta Onsen is located in the heart of Towada-Hachimantai National Park. Spot rare flora and fauna along hiking trails in the UNESCO-registered Shirakami Sanchi mountain range. Follow streams and waterfalls through the lush Oirase Gorge, or enjoy panoramic views and skiing on mighty Mount Hakkōda.
Those looking for a restful base to engage in meditative contemplation are sure to be charmed by Tsuta Onsen. Approaching the secluded inn's entrance before submerging in its soothing waters feels akin to stumbling upon a well-kept secret.
Access: From Tokyo Station, take the Tohoku Shinkansen to Shin-Aomori Station (about three hours 10 minutes) , then take a car to Tsuta Onsen (about two hours).
Tsuta Onsen Ryokan
1 Okuse, Tsutanoyu, Towada-shi, Aomori-ken
|1 night, 2 days or more