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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5.02 weeks ago
Really nice place to go and take pictures. There are also trails out back, but we didn’t have time to check them out. There is one Onsen that is open to the public (ie you can use it even if you aren’t staying at that particular lodging - as opposed to all the other places there. Pro-tip: the Onsen stops allowing entry past 2:00 pm so if you want to use it, make sure that you go there before that time; they are very strict about the cut-off time!
5.03 weeks ago
No doubts why it’s rated as one of the best in Japan. So many Japanese style buildings, hotels may be. You can walk to the silver mine it takes 30 mins. Lovely hot water. But good to visit before 2pm because after guest houses getting full you one day visitors can’t get in to bath tubs.
4.0a month ago
Quaint onsen town with a lot of hotels. There is a public bath for those who just visit the town and don't plan to stay overnight. The bath closes at 5pm though.
4.02 months ago
Pretty beautiful town! I would recommend going early in the day during summer, as the onsen close at 2.
5.0a month ago
We visited during summer for a short trip..keep walking past the shops to a small waterfall..very calming & nice views.