Yamagata is called the kingdom of hot springs. So as you can imagine, there are lots of hot springs all over the prefecture. Here are the top 5 that you should visit.
Zao Hot Springs is probably the most famous because of its hot spring as well as its ski resort. So in the wintertime, skiing in the daytime and soaking in a hot spring after all of that exercise is the best way to enjoy both.
Akayu Hot Springs
Akayu Onsen あかゆおんせん is a post town of Oshu Highway. It is an atmospheric hot spring with fruits and flowers, and where you can enjoy the "health of the lake" Ideyu Hot Springs.
|Address||Akayu, Nanyo-shi, Yamagata|
|Access||From Tokyo, take the Shinkansen “Tsubasa” bound for Yamagata and get off at Akayu station. It’s 5 min. by bus or 30 min. on foot from Akayu Station.|
Akakura Hot Springs
An atmospheric Hot Springs at the foot of the mountain. Here the Oguni-gawa river flows among Yomoyama in the hot-spring resort. Has a good reputation for making your skin beautiful and healing your wounds.
|Address||817-1, Tomizawa, Mogami-machi, Mogami-gun|
|Access||From Tokyo, get on the Shinkansen “Tsubasa” bound for Shinjyo station. At Shinjyo station, change to the Rikuu East Line and get off at Akakura-Onsen. It’s a 8 min. bus ride from there.|
Atsumi Hot Springs
The hot water that Atsumi Onsen offers is soft and the sound of the clear stream of waters are comfortable. This is a high quality hot spring with dishes using seasonal ingredients and accommodations boasting warm hospitality
|Access||From Tokyo, get on the Shinkansen “Toki” bound for Niigata. At Niigata station, change lines to the JR Limited Express “Inaho” and get off at Atsumi-Onsen station.It’s 7 minutes by bus, or 30 min. on foot from the station.|