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
Beautiful and charming. Unfortunately the hotel I wanted to stay in was fully booked, so I just came by for short visit. Will come back again one day.
5.0in the last week
Well worth the drive from Sendai. Quaint little onsen town nestled in the valley. A mixture of old and new ryokans gives this place a unique character. Beautiful views everywhere
4.0a week ago
Good to have a walk, we stayed a night here and the room cost was quite high as around $500/night inclusive breakfast & Dinner. Not worth to stay anyway.
4.02 months ago
Visited this place during the spring season. It was quite cold at night. To be honest, it wasn’t as I imagined, but I can say it’s a lovely place to take a picture.
5.0a month ago
Beautiful Japanese Hot spring village .
if you have a plan to Sendai , you should put this place in your list .