Ginzan Onsen in Obanazawa City is a hot spring town with its century-old inns clustered along both sides of a steaming river. Each inn is a wooden establishment of three or four stories with balconies and ornamented stucco walls. Cobblestoned alleys, old-fashioned bridges and Victorian-style gas lamps add a dreamy touch to the resort, especially during the winter months when the wooden eaves are coated with white snow.
The hot spring dates back to the 16th century when a silver mine was discovered, thus earning the name Ginzan ('Silver Mine') for the river and the resort. This spot became known nation-wide in the 1980s when Oshin, an enormously popular drama, was set in this area. The drama also has been broadcast overseas in 63 nations.
Besides hot springs inns, there are two public bath houses and some foot baths. Among other attractions are a 22m-high waterfall and souvenir shops selling kokeshi wooden dolls.
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4.02 weeks ago
Pretty beautiful town! I would recommend going early in the day during summer, as the onsen close at 2.
5.03 months ago
Beautiful place and good souvenir shop but the ryokan not have a private restroom. We arranged to near by hotel and go by 5 min walk but still good feeling.
3.04 months ago
It's a pretty place, and I am sure it was breathtaking once. Now, there are a bit too many tourists, especially the groups of people playing with drones or cosplaying in samurai. The ryokan where I stayed wasn't friendly to tourists and I am pretty sure they got tired of what they town became.
5.05 months ago
This town is very pretty with the snow, and the onsen was also great. Check in & out is very easy, but remember they only accept cash, no cards payment. The indoor public onsen is quite small, but they also have 2 private onsens upstairs (good for family of 2, max 3 ppl, 4 people is way tight), no booking necessary (actually cannot book, first in first serve basis). On the entrance door to each private onsen is a sign saying free or occupied (unfortunately only in japanese), and it is up to the user to flip the sign accordingly. Which when we stayed there, a previous guest forgot to return the sign back to free after they used it, so we waited for more than 1.5 hrs without realising the onsen was empty. But everything else was great.
4.0a week ago
Small but scenic, lacks a convenience store