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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5.0a month ago
Very nice place ,must be more Beautiful for a winter day, should check the bus time before you go. Hotel there are a little bit expensive than Yamagata citys . Worth living there when snowing. 5 mins front head to end . Fried Tofu in the head is good. Curry bread in the end great even is always cold
5.03 weeks ago
A beautiful place in winter. The lights in the evening makes it look even better.
5.0a month ago
Super strong snow on the day I visited. Very nice sightseeing spot ! Highly recommend to stay overnight !
5.04 months 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.
5.0in the last week
We stayed at a ryokan ( takimakan ) for a night to fully experience the Ginza Onsen In winter. We were lucky to witness snow on the one night we spent there. It was very beautiful to walk the Main Street of Ginzan Onsen in the morning with the surrounding hills covered with snow and the roaring waterfall at the end of the street. A very peaceful and picturesque place. I managed to get up around 5 am while it was snowing and go to the amazing Onsen at the ryokan. It was a once in a lifetime experience to soak in Onsen, overlooking the waterfall and snow flakes falling.