The Nyuto Onsen (Akita): 7 Secluded Hot Springs that Represent Japan
There is an area in Akita prefecture known for its onsen (hot springs), even said to be the birthplace of secluded onsen. Of the many hot springs in Japan, it is so famous that it is called the Yokozuna (champion sumo wrestler) of the East. We summarized the characteristics of the 7 so that you can reference when you look for the perfect hot springs for yourself. Ref: Photo
About the Nyuto Onsenkyo
It is an area with 7 secret hot springs that are scattered throughout Senboku City in Akita Prefecture. It consistently ranks high in hot springs rankings of Japan. It is a place that onsen fans and those who love travelling yearn to go to. The water for the 7 hot springs all have different sources and its appeal is that there are 7 different ways of enjoying. Thus, it is unique that many people go to all 7. Also, a noteworthy piece of information particularly for women is that generally, the outdoor baths of this region are unisex.
Location of the 7 Secluded Hot Springs
– The isolated “Tsuru no Yu” area
– An area where the four: Taenoyu, Ganiba Onsen, Okama Onsen, Kyukamura Tazawako Kogen are gathered in close vicinity
– The Kuroyu and Magoroku Onsen area located in the backwoods
Largely grouped, it is made up of the above three sections. Aside from the Tsuru no Yu, all are within walking distance of each other. Information: Map
The most popular
1. Tsuru no Yu
With over 300 years of history, it is said that the discovery was in the Edo period (1603– 1868) it is the oldest and distinguished hot spring of the 7. With its translucent milky white water and the silvery white snow that surround the environment, the entire view changes into a world of white. It will make your skin smooth and make you beautiful.
Another highlight of the Tsuru no Yu is the honjin or main inn with the kayabuki (thatched) roof (It is different type of kayabuki roof than that of Shirakawago or Gokayama). Once you go through the gate, a scene almost out of a historical movie set spreads before your eyes in a world of reality. It is one hotel that you want to stay at.
*Honjin: A posting station used by feudal lords and officers of the Edo period.
Stylish and perfect for ladies
2. Tae no Yu
Enjoying the forest in the great wilderness
3. Ganiba Onsen
The Ganiba Onsen lies deepest in the mountains. Perhaps due to its location, it is a secret spot which is relatively less crowded (It should be noted however that all of Nyuto Onsenkyo is overall more crowded than the average hot springs). The appeal is that you can enjoy a bath while feeling unity in nature.
An inn that utilizes a wooden school building
4. Okama Onsen
The most modern public inn
5. Kyukamura Tazawako Kogen
Wild and secluded hot springs
The most secret hideaway onsen
7. Magoroku Onsen
If you stay at one of the inns you are able to purchase the “Yumeguri cho” a pass that allows you to bathe in all 7 of the hot springs. You can also collect commemorative stamps in the booklet so we recommend that you visit not only one but several of the secluded hot springs.
Access: About 50 minutes on the bust to Nyuto Onsen from the JR Tazawako Station, Information: Map
Related: Other Onsen