Ancient town shimmering like stepping out from Japanese animation

Ginzan Onsen is a peaceful hot spring town, attracting visitors by its ancient beauty, like stepping out from animated films.

Located in the middle of the mountains of Yamagata Prefecture (Japan), Ginzan Onsen is a peaceful hot spring town, attracting visitors by its ancient beauty, like stepping out from animated films.

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Ginzan Onsen
In 1400, hotels and inns began to appear around the silver mine in the mountains near the city of Obanazawa, Yamagata Prefecture. Later, the silver mine stopped working but the scale and services of the resort here are increasingly expanded and enhanced. Ginza Onsen gradually became one of the beautiful hot spring towns in Japan. Photo: Matcha-ip.
Ginzan Onsen
The inn with many ranges is located along the banks of Ginzan-gawa River. Many of them were built during the Taisho period (1912-1926) to the Showa period (1926-1989). There used to be a 2-storey inn and wooden houses with thatched roof here. However, during the cataclysm of 1923, most of the houses here were swept away. After that, people replaced it with inns with modern architecture. Photo: Tohokykanko.
Ginzan Onsen
Ginzan Onsen owns the majority of 3-4-floor inns, designed in a traditional style. The nostalgic neighborhood creates a special impression that makes visitors feel like going back in time. Recently, the town center has been rebuilt with a modern design that combines many traditional elements, highlighted by wooden architecture and white plaster walls, subtly wafting the special atmosphere of Taisho - the time of cultural boom, Western movement. Photo: Junki Asano.
Ginzan Onsen
The town has 12 inns for visitors to experience a hot bath. In which, 10 inns do not require guests to stay; 5 places with open-air baths. Usage fees are usually at 4.7-5.6 USD. If staying in the inns having the bath, visitors will enjoy delicious food and relax in the warm water without worrying about the time. Photo: Dpongvit.
Ginzan Onsen
The pure stream flowing through the town makes it more poetic and romantic. In addition, Ginzan Onsen also has 3 public bathrooms with ticket prices from 1.9-18.7 USD. In the middle of the bath area, visitors will experience free foot baths. Photo: I_Give_Sarapa0.
Ginzan Onsen
Water source of Ginzan Onsen contains many minerals, effective in the treatment of open wounds, burns, dermatitis, arteriosclerosis, neuropathy, muscle pain, joint pain, relieving fatigue ... Therefore, many domestic and foreign tourists choose this place as a relaxing destination on holidays. Photo: Picgra.
Ginzan Onsen
Ginzan Onsen Center is a pedestrian-only area due to narrow streets and lack of parking space. In particular, in the evening, when all inns, streets, bridges are lit, the town becomes sparkling, colorful magical. In the winter, the scenery is covered by the white color of heavy snow on the roof and path. Photo: Saketoday.
Ginzan Onsen
Another point that enjoyed by many tourists is the 22-meter-high waterfall behind the town. This waterfall is located on the way to the silver mine. This road was built over 500 years ago, once the lifeline of the town during the first Edo period. Visitors can also enter the silver mining tunnel but are only allowed to go about 20 meters deep. Photo: Icosha.

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