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[Yamagata ]You must visit at least once! The charm of Ginzan Onsen

[Yamagata ]You must visit at least once! The charm of Ginzan Onsen


Ginzan Onsen, the setting of the NHK morning drama "Oshin ".
Ginzan Onsen, an undeniably popular hot spring resort town to visit at least once, is famous for its nostalgic atmosphere of Taisho-romance.
You will also see many tourists wearing kimono or hakama and walking around the hot spring resort area!

This article introduces many such attractions of Ginzan Onsen.
Why not go to Ginzan Onsen to relieve your daily fatigue?

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What is Ginzan Onsen like?

Located in Obanazawa, Yamagata Prefecture "Ginzan Onsen ".
The hot spring resort is still lined with wooden ryokans built in the late Taisho (1912-1926) and early Showa (1926-1989) eras, and attracts many tourists from within and outside the prefecture.

The charm of Ginzan Onsen is, above all, its nostalgic atmosphere that evokes the Taisho Romanticism.
The streetscape makes you think that this is the only place in the city where the times are different.

Wooden inns lining both banks of the Ginzan River, gas lamps illuminating the hot spring resort area at dusk, snowflake-patterned tiles embedded here and there along the cobblestone pathways, and every sight that catches the eye has a unique beauty that is different from that of modern architecture and townscapes.

Winter is when Ginzan Onsen becomes especially beautiful.
On a particularly dramatic winter night, the soft glow of gas lamps on the white snow-covered streets of the hot springs can be seen.
Many people have probably seen photos of snowy landscapes at least once, as they are often featured in many magazines and on social networking sites.

However, Ginzan Onsen is known for its heavy snowfall, which begins in early December.
Snowfall peaks in January and February, and snow continues to accumulate until mid-March.
Since the snowfall will be more than 1 meter, warm clothing and non-slip shoes are essential.
In fact, I visited Ginzan Onsen around March, but to be honest, it was cold and many places were off-limits due to snow, so I could not enjoy walking around as much as I wanted.
We recommend visiting in winter to enjoy the snowy scenery, but we also recommend visiting in summer if you want to enjoy plenty of time to explore Ginzan Onsen!

Access by train (from Tokyo)

The nearest station to Ginzan Onsen is Oshida Station on the JR Yamagata Shinkansen and Oshu Main Line (Yamagata Line).
If you are going from Tokyo Station, you can take the JR Yamagata Shinkansen "Tsubasa "from Tokyo Station for about 3 hours without changing trains.

After getting off at JR Oshida Station, it takes about 40 minutes to reach Ginzan Onsen by local bus.
The number of buses is limited to five per day, so we recommend that you check the times in advance before you go.

If you stay overnight, some inns may provide transportation to and from Oshida Station!
If so, we encourage you to take advantage of it.
Please check the inn's website!

Access by plane or bus (from Tokyo)

When flying, it takes about 1 hour from Haneda Airport to Yamagata Airport.
From the airport, it takes about 1 hour and 15 minutes by bus to Ginzan Onsen.
It is characterized by long bus rides, but is recommended for those who want to reduce the total travel time!

To get there by highway bus, take a highway bus operated by various bus companies from the Yaesu Exit of Tokyo Station and get off at Sendai Station.
It takes approximately 5-6 hours. From Sendai Station, take the Yamako Bus to Obanazawa Waiting Area "Express 48 Liner "bus bound for Shinjo, about 1 hour and 45 minutes.
From there, transfer to a city bus bound for Ginzan Onsen for another 35-45 minutes.
Although it takes longer, this is the recommended access method for those who wish to reduce transportation costs!

Was it the setting for a drama or a movie?

NHK TV serial "Oshin "

"Ginzan Onsen "became famous when it was used as the setting for the NHK TV serial "Oshin ".
It became so popular overseas that the term "oshin drome "was coined.
It is extremely popular, especially in Asia, and still attracts many foreign tourists.
In the hot spring resort area, there is a workshop of "Kokkeshi Dolls "which appeared in "Oshin "and also sells "Daikon-meshi "as "Oshin-meshi ".

"Oshin "is a drama set in the turbulent Meiji, Taisho, and Showa eras and follows the life of Oshin, a young girl born into a poor farming family in Yamagata. 52.6% average viewer rating and 62.9% highest viewer rating were recorded for the year. It is said to have created a huge boom.

Studio Ghibli's greatest hits "Spirited Away "

Spirited Away "Spirited Away "is a very popular animated film representing not only Japan but also the world.
There are many tourist attractions around the world that are called "playground look-alikes," and Ginzan Onsen is one of them.

According to Director Miyazaki, there is no specific model, but there is no doubt that "the bathhouse in Spirited Away "is a symbolic "reproduction "of a building that was not uncommon in Japan a little while ago.

Ginzan Onsen has the very atmosphere of the Spirited Away movie.

Enjoy strolling around! Sightseeing spots in Ginzan Onsen

Japanese footbath

Located at the entrance to the hot spring resort area, by the Ginzan River, the footbath is open to everyone. "Wara Ashiyu ".
It is free of charge, so feel free to stop by for a break while strolling around the hot spring resort.

The same source of spring water is used directly at each inn, so the hot spring water has outstanding efficacy!
The height and position of the benches are designed so that visitors can take a break while sitting down and admiring the flow of the river and the scenery.
Enjoy a relaxing footbath on a street corner with a Taisho-romantic atmosphere.

"Facility Information "
Name: Woraku Foot Soup
Address: Ginzan Shinbata, Obanazawa City, Yamagata Prefecture
Hours of operation: 6:00-22:00

Shared Baths

The public bathhouse, "Ginzan Onsen Public bathhouse Shiroganeyu ", has a modern appearance with walls covered with blackboards.
It was designed by Kengo Kuma, who also designed the New National Stadium.
Moved and newly built in 2001, this two-story spa incorporates a modern yet Japanese atmosphere.

Each floor has bathrooms with different interiors and views from the windows, and men and women are interchangeable.
Both the changing rooms and bathrooms are simple and compact. The sodium calcium sulfate spring is effective for neuralgia and hypertension.

Shirogane-yu is a public bathhouse with an image of being old and remote, but once inside, you are greeted by a modern space, a hot spring facility with an atmosphere rarely found anywhere else.
This facility is especially recommended when you want to enjoy a day trip to a hot spring!

"Facility Information "
Name: Ginzan Onsen Public bathhouse Shiroganeyu
Address: 415-1 Shinhata Kita, Ginzan, Obanazawa City, Yamagata Prefecture
Hours of operation: 8:00 - 15:30
Closed: Unscheduled holidays
Phone number: 0237-28-3933 (Obanazawa Tourist and Products Association)

silver mine

The name of the hot spring comes from the silver mine cave (the remains of the Enzawa silver mine).
Even today, the remains of the mine shaft of the Enzawa Silver Mine remain in the upper reaches of the valley along the promenade from the hot spring resort, part of which is open to the public as a silver mine cave, and the mine shaft can be visited.

The Cave of the Abandoned Nobusawa Silver Mine, which can be visited free of charge, is designated as a Historic Site by the Agency for Cultural Affairs!
Enjoy a different kind of Ginzan Onsen while experiencing a fantastic space in the breathtaking silence and cool, mysterious atmosphere.

"Facility Information "
Name: Nobusawa Silver Mine Site
Address: Ginzan Shimbata, Obanazawa City, Yamagata Prefecture
Hours: Sunrise to sunset (*closed in winter)
Fee: Free of charge
Access: 15 min. walk from Ginzan Onsen Onsen Street

Shiragin Falls

At the entrance of Shiragin Park at the end of the hot spring resort area, there is a 22-meter drop "Shiragin Falls ".
Although it is said to be a straight waterfall, it appears to be two waterfalls, one large and one small, and a branch waterfall with a third flowing depending on the amount of water.
If you walk close to the waterfall basin, you will have a view of the powerful waterfall.

There is also an observatory on the opposite bank, which is a more recommended spot for those who want to feel the spray of the falls!

A vermilion Sekotai bridge crosses the mouth of the waterfall, and "Laion Falls "flows a little upstream of Shiragin Falls.
The beauty of the area is exceptional during the season of fresh greenery and autumn leaves, but it is also recommended for cooler temperatures in the summer.

You can also visit "Omokageen ", the main part of the Shiragin Park area, together with "Ginko-do (Enzawa Silver Mine Site) "entrance.

"Facility Information "
Name: Shiragin Falls (in Shiragin Park)
Address: Oaza Ginzan Shimbata, Obanazawa City, Yamagata Prefecture
Drop: 22m
Form: Straight waterfall
Difficulty: Beginner
Travel time: 15 minutes from "Ginzan Onsen public parking "


It sits upstream from the Shiragin Falls "Taki no Fudoson ".
As the name implies, it is said that the Shiragin Falls were considered sacred and an object of worship.

Because of its constant steadfastness, it was worshipped by ascetic monks who practiced asceticism in waterfalls and clear streams, as well as by the general public.
The hall is of hogashi-zukuri style with iron shingle roof, 2 ken (girigakukan), 2 ken (beam), and 1 ken (mukai) in the front.
It is a simple structure, devoid of ornate decorations, but it seems to be quietly protecting the silver waterfall.

Waterfalls of籟音.

Lai On Falls is known for its scenic beauty.
The Lai Oto Waterfall, which flows a bit further upstream than the Shiragin Falls, can be viewed from the red-barraced Seto Koi Bridge.
The atmosphere is different from that of a hot spring resort, with beautiful waterfalls cascading down into the great outdoors.
Although beautiful nature can be enjoyed throughout the year, the season of fresh green leaves and autumn foliage is especially recommended!

"Facility Information "
Name: Lai Oon Falls
Address: Ginzan Shimbata, Obanazawa City, Yamagata Prefecture
Phone number: 0237-22-1111 (Obanazawa City Commerce, Industry and Tourism Division)

Recommended inns are here!

Ginzan Onsen Traditional inn Kozankaku

Long-established hot spring hotel "Traditional inn Kozankaku ".
The 100% free-flowing hot spring water is soft, colorless, and clear. You can enjoy the nostalgic atmosphere of the indoor baths and private open-air baths made of cypress.
The 90-year-old wooden inn is also popular for its kura-zashiki (separate rooms).
Enjoy the hospitality of the private open-air bath, Obanazawa beef, and cuisine that makes the most of seasonal ingredients.

"Facility Information "
Name: Ginzan Onsen Hotel of Tradition Kozankaku
Address: 423 Ginzan Onsen, Obanazawa, Yamagata 999-4333
Phone number: 0237-28-2039

Ginzan Onsen Kosei-Kiyabekan

Located in the center of Ginzan Onsen "Kosekiya (Kosekiya) Annex ".
"There are two indoor baths, the Hokkori Chika-yu ""and the Nukkuri no Kintaro-yu ", where you can enjoy the source of hot spring water from Ginyama Onsen, which boasts a history of about 500 years since its opening.
Rooms facing the hot spring resort area and the murmuring of the Ginzan River, lit by soft gas lamps at night, are available, as well as rooms on the mountain side surrounded by serenity.

"Facility Information "
Name: Ginzan Onsen Kosei Kikaya Bekkan
Address: 417 Ginzan Onsen, Obanazawa, Yamagata 999-4333
Phone number: 0237-28-2322

Ginzanso Ginzan Onsen Senkyo no Yado Ginzanso

"Ginzan Onsen Kosekiya Annex "is also the sister facility of "Sengyo no Yado Ginzanso ".
Each of the men's and women's baths has its own indoor and outdoor baths. In the open-air baths, guests can stretch out their arms and legs and relax while enjoying the seasonal scenery.
Please enjoy a special holiday relaxing in the open-air baths and guest rooms surrounded by nature, just a 5-minute walk to Ginzan Onsen town.

"Facility Information "
Name: Ginzanso, Sengyo no Yado Ginzanso, Ginzan Onsen
Address: 85 Oaza-Ginzan-Shinbata, Obanazawa City, Yamagata 999-4333, Japan
Phone number: 0237-28-2322

Ginzan Onsen Ryokan Fujiya

Different from the Taisho-romance of the Ginzan Onsen district, the stylish "Ryokan Fujiya, designed by Kengo Kuma, ".
The ryokan is an eye-catching, contemporary structure that stands out from the rest of the building, despite its woody charm.
There are five different hot spring baths with different atmospheres, all of which can be reserved for private use, so you can enjoy your favorite bath at any time of the day, 24 hours a day, without disturbing anyone.
All of the eight guest rooms, which come in three types: Japanese-style rooms, Japanese-style rooms, and bed Western-style rooms, are designed to face the Ginzan River.
You can spend an extraordinary time looking out over the Taisho Roman-style hot spring resort town, where your mind will be liberated.

"Facility Information "
Name: Ginzan Onsen Ryokan Fujiya
Address: 443 Ginzan Shimbata, Obanazawa, Yamagata 999-4333
Phone number: 0237-28-2141


Ginzan Onsen is a hot spring resort with a nostalgic atmosphere that you would most like to visit.
In this issue, we have introduced sightseeing spots and recommended inns around Ginzan Onsen.
Enjoy a luxurious and elegant time on a hot spring trip at Ginzan Onsen Onsen, where you can enjoy the atmosphere of Taisho era, as if you have entered the world of movies.

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