Jalan (a Japanese version of the Tripadvisor) announced a ranking of Best Onsens in Tohoku Area in 2019, based on a survey conducted to its local users in Japan.

Here’s the Top 10 Onsens in Tohoku in 2019:

  1. Nyuto Onsen-kyo, Akita Prefecture – 乳頭温泉郷
  2. Zao Onsen, Yamagata Prefecture – 蔵王温泉
  3. Akiu Onsen, Miyagi Prefecture – 秋保温泉
  4. Hakkoda Onsen, Aomori Prefecture – 八甲田温泉
  5. Naruko Onsen-kyo, Miyagi Prefecture – 鳴子温泉郷
  6. Ginzan Onsen, Yamagata Prefecture – 銀山温泉
  7. Towadako Onsen-kyo, Aomori Prefecture – 十和田湖温泉郷
  8. Hanamaki Onsen-kyo, Iwate Prefecture – 花巻温泉郷
  9. Asamushi Onsen, Aomori Prefecture – 浅虫温泉
  10. Aizu Higashiyama Onsen, Fukushima Prefecture – 会津東山温泉

Note: “kyo” () means a “village” or a “town”

Check out the videos below for the introduction of some great Onsens listed above:

#1. Nyuto Onsen-go, Akita Prefecture

Nyuto Onsen is a collection of onsen ryokan in the mountains of eastern Akita Prefecture. The area is known for the hot spring baths found at its eight ryokan, some of which are quite traditional and rustic. With a history of over 300 years, Tsurunoyu is Nyuto Onsen’s oldest and most famous inn.

Nyuto Onsen, Akita

#2. Zao Onsen, Yamagata Prefecture

The hot spring town of Zao Onsen lies attractively at an altitude of 880 meters above sea level on the slopes of the volcanic Mount Zao. In winter, it also serves as one of Japan’s leading ski resorts, enabling skiers to enjoy the Japanese way of relaxing in a hot spring bath after a day on the slopes.

Zao Onsen, Yamagata

#3. Akiu Onsen, Miyagi Prefecture

Akiu Onsen is located in Miyagi Prefecture. Inside the spa town, you can enjoy more than 15 long-established hot springs inns that feature natural hot springs. In nearly every inn you can hear the relaxing babbling of the Natori River while you soak your body in the water. The springs are low salinity springs and so they are helpful in healing neuralgia, muscle pain, joint pain, and fatigue recovery. 

Akiu Onsen, Miyagi

#6. Ginzan Onsen, Yamagata Prefecture

Ginzan Onsen (銀山温泉, lit. “Silver Mountain Hot Spring”) is a secluded hot spring town nestled in the mountains of Yamagata Prefecture. The area originally developed around a silver mine; however, these days it is better known as one of Japan’s prettiest onsen towns with historic ryokan lined up along the river.

Ginzan Onsen, Yamagata

Enjoy Onsens!