Higashiyama Onsen

A 1300 year old hot springs village that is part of the Ou Sanraku Village

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Located in the suburbs of Aizu city, this is a historical “onsen” village that boasts a lush natural environment with quietly murmuring hot springs. It was discovered by the famous monk Gyoki, and was beloved by the artist Yumeji Takehisa and the poet Akiko Yosano.
Takinoyu, Yumoto Aizuwakamatsu-shi, Fukushima
(0242) 27-7051

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Enjoy your own onsen trip  

Higashiyama Onsen is notable for its many hot spring facilities that can be enjoyed on a day trip. Most of the places can be enjoyed at a reasonable rate such as Irori-no-Yado Ashina and Shousuke Inn Takinoyu. Since there are numerous accommodations to fit your needs such as open-air baths and free-flowing springs from the source, you can opt for the onsen trip that is ideal for you. Also, there are notable events held at Higashiyama Onsen. For example, there is the Higashiyama Onsen Oyukake Festival with the coming of summer in which portable shrines are carried in a procession winding through the village at night. It is only in this village that geisha are doused in the waters of the onsen. Also, at the Higashiyama Onsen Bon Odori, you can enjoy summer festival dances around the yagura tower over the Yukawa River that flows through the village. With the geisha and proprietresses of Higashiyama Onsen along with the tourists taking part in the Bon Odori, there is no doubt about having a great time. In winter, there is the Aizu Sai-no-Kami which is the first full moon festival for the region. Bonfires are raised in the hopes for a good harvest and good health in an event which is very Japanese.

Take a historical stroll in Aizu-Wakamatsu just 10 minutes away from the onsen by car  

Higashiyama Onsen is only 10 minutes away from the center of Aizu-Wakamatsu by car. In Aizu, there are many historical tourist spots. First off, there is the symbolic Aizu-Wakamatsu Castle which is known to have endured harsh fighting during the 1-month Boshin War. The castle also has a red-tiled keep which is the only one of its kind in the country that is a must-see. There is a museum inside the keep which is recommended to learn even more about the history. As well, there are other highlights such as the Aizu Samurai Residences, and the national historic sites of the family cemetery of the Matsudairas and the Hanko Nisshinkan (School of the Aizu Domain).  

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