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Higashiyama Onsen 東山温泉

Higashiyama Hot Spring
Higashiyama Hot Spring

Relax in traditional hot springs visited by generations of feudal lords and samurai

Experience hot spring culture in one of the top three onsen villages of old Tohoku.

Don't Miss

  • Performances by the Higashiyama geisha, known as geigi
  • The Higashiyama Water Throwing Festival in August

How to Get There

Higashiyama Onsen is accessible by train, then bus or taxi.

From Tokyo, take the Tohoku Shinkansen to Koriyama. Change here on the JR Ban-etsu West line to Aizu-Wakamatsu Station. The Aizu Loop Bus or a short 10-minute taxi ride will get you to the area.

Walk the path of warriors and poets

Located close to Aizuwakamatsu , Higashiyama Onsen was established over 1,300 years ago, supposedly by the Buddhist priest Gyoki. The feudal lords and their samurai retainers came to the hot springs to relax, as did poets and writers.

Surrounded by culture

Nearby, there are a variety of different things to check out. Head to Tsuruga Castle , a historically faithful reproduction of the original that stood for centuries. There's also the Aizu Samurai Mansion , a 38-room complex that showcases the lives of people from the Edo period (1603-1867).

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