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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4.0a week ago
Definitely a small but 5 star place to visit but I rate 4 star as the shopkeepers and even the cafe owners there serving in a hurry and the talking behavior was rude too , think they don’t like to work on holidays as we went on 2020/1/3 . Other wise a very scenic place to visit especially in winter, there are one public bath (opposite to the curry paan ) is a rental Onsen for not more then 4 people in a group by paying 2000¥ for 50 minutes. And the water fall in the last is a gem place to visit . A public foot Onsen is also can use free of cost . The only public parking is around 600 meters before the main place is also free of charge .
5.02 weeks ago
The great scenic spot, specially in winter. Its one of the oldest onshen in Japan, but in winter there's mainly no exposure furo(bath tub) and close time is somehow early(2pm)
5.03 months ago
A beautiful place to visit.
There is not a lot of parking slot near the town itself.
The walkway between the building is a five min walk, there is an open air hot (very hot) washtub that you can dip your legs while viewing the river.
There are not too many place to eat at the town, and there are overpriced.
If it is possible try to avoid the rush hour, if the town is full of tourists it loses its magic.
5.0in the last week
Lovely onsens all over the street. Lovely during winter.
5.0a week ago
Gorgeous place to visit. Small and mystical