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Ginzan Onsen

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

Yamagata Prefectural Government

 

 

Wandering around Ginzan Onsen, a secluded hot spring resort in the mountains of Yamagata, is like traveling back to the Japan of centuries ago. Traditional wooden inns line each side of the Ginzan River that resonates with nostalgic beauty when illuminated at night by gas street lamps. The view reminds visitors of scenes from the famous film Spirited Away directed by Miyazaki Hayao. In winter, the night view of the town, blanketed in snow beneath the warm streetlights is particularly photogenic.

 

Stroll Ginzan Onsen's compact town centre to discover the variety of cafes, eateries and gift shops. Rent yourself a vintage kimono from the Taishō period (1912-1926), at time when Japanese arts and culture flourished. Enjoy dressing in these stylish, colorful garments to enhance your experience of exploring this picturesque town.

 

Ginzan Onsen is covered with deep snow in winter, however it is easily accessible via a three-hour shinkansen train ride from Tokyo, followed by a direct 40-minute bus ride. A relaxing soak in a hot spring surrounded by snowy scenery is an exceptional delight! After a warm hot spring bath, enjoy savouring local specialties including local-reared Obanazawa wagyu beef and Obanazawa soba noodles.

 

How to get there

 

40 minutes by bus from Ōishida Station, which is approximately 3 hours from Tokyo on the Yamagata Shinkansen Line.

 

 

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