While Kaminoyama has traditionally been known for its public bathhouse culture, a new trend has taken root in the region. Inspired by the German concept of kurort (a term that describes health resorts and healing destinations), Kaminoyama now offers visitors “climatic terrain therapy”. Participants are encouraged to tackle the numerous walking routes around the district, while learning techniques to maintain a cool body surface and promote the rehabilitation of various illnesses and ailments.
At an elevation of 1000 meters above sea level, and with terrain ranging from forests to mountains slopes, Kaminoyama is perfectly situated to offer a range of healthy trekking routes. Eight paths catering to five different ability levels are certified as kurort courses by the University of Munich in Germany. Daily guided walks–coupled with relaxing onsen breaks and an abundance of Yamagata’s delicious local cuisine–make this a truly one-of-a-kind onsen escape.