Top 8 Best Hot Springs (Onsen) in Akita

When you’re visiting Akita to see the famous Nebuta, you should also go visit some of their hot springs. Below are the top 8 hot springs in Akita.

Some are very difficult to get to without a car, but others are easily accessible using the trains and a taxi. The beauty of these hot springs hidden in the mountains of Akita makes the effort to get there well worthwhile.

Oyu Hot Springs 

Oyu Hot Springs has a history of 800 years. Since ancient times, it was known as one of the 5 best hot springs in the Nambu domain. Hotel Kazuno is the main hotel in this area.

Address Towada Oyu, Kazuno-shi, Akita
Directions 12 min. by taxi from Towada Minami station on the JR Hanawa Line
Website http://www.h-kazuno.co.jp/sp/en/

 

Mizusawa Hot Springs Village 

You can see Lake Tazawako from this hot springs village as it is the nearest hot springs on the Tazawako Plateau. There are many hotels, Japanese style inns, and unique guest houses, and you can enjoy skiing in the area as well.

Address Shimotakanao, Obonai, Tazawako
Directions 25 min. by bus (bound for Nyuto hot springs) from JR Tazawako Station
Website http://www.city.semboku.akita.jp/en/sightseeing/spot/03_mizusawa.html

 

Doroyu Hot Springs 

A secluded hot springs in the upper region of the Takamatsugawa River. The water is a murky gray, thus the name “doroyu” or muddy hot springs. Located in the serene mountains, it is popular for its quaint atmosphere.

Address Doroyuzawa, Takamatsu, Yuzawa-shi, Akita
Directions 1h 20min. by share taxi from JR Yuzawa station (JR Ou Main line) . You need to register with the Yuzawa city hall and make a reservation with the taxi company to use the share taxi. See details here http://www.city-yuzawa.jp/roadriver01/385.html (Japanese only)
Website http://www.nihon-kankou.or.jp.e.wp.hp.transer.com/akita/052078/detail/05207cd2110076431

 

Natsuse Hot Springs 

There is only one “Ryokan” or Japanese style inn in Natsuse hot springs. This is a great place to stay to relax in luxury. Most of the rooms have their own private bath with a spectacular view of the lake.

Address 84 Natsuse,Sotsuda,Tazawako,Senboku-shi, Akita
Directions 30 min. by taxi from JR Tazawako Station or JR Kakunodate Station
Website http://beauty-of-japan.com/article/miyakowasure-ryokan-natsuse-onsen-akita/

 

Oyasukyo Hot Springs 

Oyasukyo Hot Springs was already a popular “onsen” in the Edo era. The sight of the boiling hot vapor rising up from the valley where the Minasegawa River flows.

Address Minase, Yuzawa-shi, Akita
Directions From JR Yuzawa Station (JR Ou Main Line) go to theYuzawa Eigyosho Bus Terminal. Take the Ugo Kotsu Bus to Daifunto-Iriguchi bus stop (55 min)
Website https://www.akitafan.com/en/archive/tourism/797

 

Nyuto Onsen Village
Nyuto Onsen Village
This is a group of hot springs located in Towada-Hachimantai National Park. This hot springs village has a history of the Edo Era warriors soothing their wounds there. You can also tour the springs nearby.
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Tamagawa Onsen
Tamagawa Onsen
The hot springs here have attracted visitors from all over the country, due to the many stories of healed illnesses. It’s a facility where you can feel the power of nature running through your whole body as you soak in the highly acidic waters and sit in the stone sauna utilizing thermal heating.
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Fuke-no-Yu Onsen
Fuke-no-Yu Onsen
At this 1300 year old onsen, located at an altitude of 1100m, you can enjoy indoor, open air, and geothermal baths. Near the open air bath, you can savor the fresh air and the steam rising from the spring.
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