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Ginzan Onsen

Soak in the centuries at a hot spring hideaway

Step into a hot spring wonderland at Ginzan Onsen. Once a prosperous silver mining community, at the beginning of the 19th century the town became known for its onsen hot springs. With century-old buildings and gas lamps still present in the picturesque town center, it's a perfect place to get a feel of times gone by.
At the center of town, the dramatic Shirogane Waterfall rages, feeding into a river which runs down the mountain. On either side of the river stand grand bathhouses, reminiscent of Hayao Miyazaki’s film, Spirited Away. Many date back to the turn of the 20th century, their dark exposed beams and white plaster walls offering a sharp contrast with Tokyo’s concrete jungle.
Many onsen are open to visitors, allowing you to get a feel for each bathhouse’s decor and water quality regardless of your accommodation. If you do decide to spend the night, expect impeccable service and top-class cuisine, alongside a bathing experience you won’t find anywhere else.
Obanazawa-shi, Yamagata

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