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Ginzan Onsen

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Enjoy the warm baths and photogenic streetscapes of this hot spring town

Yamagata Prefecture



Wandering around Ginzan Onsen, a secluded hot spring resort in the mountains of Yamagata Prefecture in Tohoku, is like traveling back to the Japan of centuries ago. Traditional wooden inns line each side of the Ginzan River, which resonates with nostalgic beauty when illuminated at night by gas street lamps. The view reminds visitors of scenes from the famous film. In winter, the night view of the town, blanketed in snow beneath the warm streetlights, is particularly photogenic.
Stroll through Ginzan Onsen's small town center and discover a variety of cafes, restaurants, and gift shops. Why not explore this beautiful city and remember the Taisho era (1912-1926), when Japanese art and culture flourished?
Ginzan Onsen is covered with deep snow in winter, however it is easily accessible. A relaxing soak in a hot spring surrounded by snowy scenery is an exceptional delight! After a warm hot spring bath, enjoy savoring local specialties including local-reared Obanazawa wagyu beef and Obanazawa soba noodles.


How to get there

It takes about 40 minutes by bus from Oishida Station, which is approximately 3 hours from Tokyo on the Yamagata Shinkansen bullet train.

By plane, it is about 1 hour from Haneda Airport to Yamagata Airport. Ginzan Onsen is about 1 hour by bus from Yamagata Airport.


440 Ginzanshinhata, Obanazawa-shi, Yamagata-ken


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