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9 Recommended Hot Spring Villages & Inns in Aomori Prefecture!

9 Recommended Hot Spring Villages & Inns in Aomori Prefecture!

Date published: 16 June 2021

Aomori Prefecture is home to so many onsen hot spring fans, that it once ranked first in Japan in a number of public baths!

Many of the hot springs in this natural wonderland are of exceptional quality and constitute a mix of both popular springs known throughout the prefecture and “secret” springs known only to savvy local aficionados.

Aomori is home not only to highly frequented hot spring areas like the Hakkoda and Towada areas, but also those in the Tsugaru region, Hirosaki and Aomori cities, Kazamaura Village on the Shimokita Peninsula, as well as large-scale open-air baths facing the Sea of Japan. Here are nine of Aomori’s top hot spring villages and inns!

Table of Contents
  1. 1. Sukayu Onsen: Hiba Sennin Bath with its impressive presence
  2. 2. Minamida Onsen Hotel Apple Land: Heal yourself in an apple bath
  3. 3. Asamushi Onsen: Enjoy ocean view bathing at “Tohoku’s Atami”
  4. 4. Dake Onsen: A cloudy hot spring at the foot of Mt. Iwaki
  5. 5. Shimofuro Onsen: Where sulfur springs and hot water become addictive
  6. 6. Lamp no Yado Aoni Onsen: Enjoy a secret hot spring in an area without radio waves or electricity
  7. 7. Owani Onsen: A traditional hot spring with a history of over 800 years
  8. 8. Koganezaki Furofushi Onsen: A large-scale open-air bath on the shores of the Sea of Japan
  9. 9. Gonohe Makiba Onsen: A farm-born, free-flowing hot spring

1. Sukayu Onsen: Hiba Sennin Bath with its impressive presence

1. Sukayu Onsen: Hiba Sennin Bath with its impressive presence
The large mixed bathing communal “Hiba Sennin Bath”

Sukayu Onsen, located in the Hakkoda mountains near Aomori City, is one of Japan’s leading hot springs and is consistently visited by hot spring enthusiasts despite being located in a heavy snowfall area. Springing from a strongly acid source, this sulfur spring is relied upon to remedy the effects of rheumatism, neuralgia, gastrointestinal diseases, and more.

The large mixed bathing pillar-less “Hiba Sennin Bath,” which is the size of a 160-tatami mat room, is lined with Hiba wood from Aomori Prefecture, resulting in an impressive atmosphere. In winter, tourists come from all over the world to ski and enjoy the hot springs. For women who prefer to avoid mixed bathing, there is a women-only bathing time as well as bath-wear sold at the facility.

“Sukayu Onsen” in the snowy mountains of Hakkoda

Onsen Properties
・Features: A hot spring inn in the mountains of Hakkoda, famous for its large mixed bathing “Hiba Sennin Bath.”
Spring quality: Acidic sulfur spring (gypsum-containing, acidic hydrogen sulfide spring, tension hypotonic hot spring)
・Other Information: Bathers with tattoos can get free tattoo-covering stickers at the front desk

Health & Safety Measures
・Indoor disinfection measures taken
・Hand sanitizer available
・Disinfection after each guest leaves
・Proper ventilation measures in place
・Coin trays used
・Plastic partitions installed
・Staff wear masks, gargle, wash hands regularly, and monitor body temperature
・Limited capacity / increased space between seats
・Restricted admission and reservation system in place
・Entry declined to anyone feeling unwell
・Masks required for guests / temperature check enforced

Recommended Hotels Nearby

  • Hotel Jogakura
    • Address Arakawa Hakkodasan-chu, Aomori, Aomori, 030-0111
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    • Nearest Station Tsutsui Station (Aoimori Tetsudo)

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  • Sukayu Onsen
    酸ヶ湯温泉
    • Address 50 Yusawa, Arakawayama Kokuyurin, Arakawa-minami, Aomori-shi, Aomori-ken 030-0111
    • Phone Number 017-738-6400
    • 017-738-6400
      Hours: Hiba Sennin Bath 7:00 - 18:00 (8:00 - 9:00 women only), Tama no Yu 9:00 - 17:00
      Admission: Adults 1,000 yen, children 500 yen *All tax included
      Access: From JR Shin-Aomori Station, take the JR bus and get off at Sukayu Onsen-mae bus stop.
      Closures: Irregular closures (please check website)

2. Minamida Onsen Hotel Apple Land: Heal yourself in an apple bath

2. Minamida Onsen Hotel Apple Land: Heal yourself in an apple bath
The “Apple Bath” effectively relieves fatigue and stress (Photo courtesy of Minamida Onsen Hotel Apple Land)

Minamida Onsen Hotel Apple Land in Hirakawa City, at the southern end of the Tsugaru Plain, is, as the name suggests, an apple-centric hot spring inn. Its famous “apple bath” features whole, floating apples, and the sweet scent soothes the mind.

The apples are thought to have a skin moisturizing effect and promote blood circulation, making the spring one of the Tohoku region’s best for beautiful skin. The hotel also has other springs and open-air baths to enjoy.

“Neputa no Yu Manten no Yu” is closest to the source (Photo courtesy of Minamida Onsen Hotel Apple Land)

Minamida Onsen Hotel Apple Land Information
・Features: A hot spring inn where you can enjoy unique springs like the “Apple Bath”
Spring quality: Weakly alkaline beauty spring

Health & Safety Measures
・Indoor disinfection measures taken
・Hand sanitizer available
・Disinfection after each guest leaves
・Proper ventilation measures in place
・Coin trays used
・Plastic partitions installed
・Staff wear masks, gargle, wash hands regularly, and monitor body temperature
・Limited capacity / increased space between seats
・Restricted admission and reservation system in place
・Entry declined to anyone feeling unwell
・Masks required for guests / temperature check enforced

Recommended Hotels Nearby

  • Hot Spring Minamida Spa Hotel Apple Land
    南田温泉ホテルアップルランド
    • Address 166-3 Minamita, Machii, Hirakawa-shi, Aomori-ken 036-0114
    • Phone Number 0172-44-3711
    • Hours: Large communal Apple Bath 10:30 - 14:30 (last reception 14:00), Neputa no Yu Manten no Yu 9:00 - 21:00 (last reception 20:30)
      Admission: Apple Bath 500 yen, Neputa no Yu Manten no Yu 400 yen *All tax included
      Access: Approximately a 15-minute walk from Konan Railway Hiraka Station
      Closures: None (Day trip bathing is usually available, accommodation has irregular closures; latest information on website) *As of June 2021
      Other information: Information and signs in multiple languages including English, Korean, and Chinese.

3. Asamushi Onsen: Enjoy ocean view bathing at “Tohoku’s Atami”

3. Asamushi Onsen: Enjoy ocean view bathing at “Tohoku’s Atami”
Nambuya Kaisenkaku hot spring inn’s observation bath (Photo courtesy of Nambuya Kaisenkaku)

Asamushi Onsen is located near Aomori City on the Natsudomari Peninsula. It is known as “Tohoku’s Atami” because its ocean-view hotels and inns are reminiscent of those found in Atami, Shizuoka Prefecture.

The colorless, transparent hot water has a soft texture and is said to be effective against symptoms of neuralgia, rheumatism, and gynecological illnesses.

Asamushi Onsen welcomes both day-trip bathers and overnight guests at its hotels and inns and even has an observation bath at the “Yu-sa Asamushi” roadside station.

After bathing, a stroll along “Sunset Beach Asamushi” to watch the sunset is an excellent way to enjoy this beautifully situated resort even more.

Asamushi Onsen Information
・Features: A moving hot spring town along the coast, with seasonal scenery
・Scale of hot spring area: There are about 9 large hotels and inns
Spring quality: Sodium, calcium-sulfate, chloride spring
・Main Hotels: Nambuya Kaisenkaku, Asamushi Sakura Kanko Hotel, Tsubakikan

Recommended Hotels Nearby

  • Kaisenkaku
    • Address Hotarudani 31, Aomori, Aomori, 039-3501
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    • Nearest Station Asamushionsen Station (Aoimori Tetsudo)
      1 minute on foot

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  • Asamushi Onsen
    • Address Asamushi Onsen Tourism Association, 70 Asamushi Hotarudani, Aomori City, Aomori Prefecture, 039-3501
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    • Nearest Station Asamushionsen Station (Aoimori Tetsudo)
      20 minutes by car
    • Phone Number 017-752-3250

4. Dake Onsen: A cloudy hot spring at the foot of Mt. Iwaki

4. Dake Onsen: A cloudy hot spring at the foot of Mt. Iwaki
Hotels and inns in the onsen village also accept day trips (Photo courtesy of Dake Onsen Yamano Hotel)

Dake Onsen, located in the Iwaki district of Hirosaki City in the Tsugaru region, is said to have been discovered about 350 years ago when a wounded fox bathed the hot springs.

The long-popular resort’s waters are cloudy and have a strong smell of sulfur. They’re thought to be effective against mycoses (athlete’s foot), chronic pyoderma, and chronic eczema. With an exceptional location at the foot of Mt. Iwaki, it’s perfect for relaxing and recharging.

The Iwaki district where Dake Onsen is located

Tate Onsen Information
・Features: A sulfur spring at the foot of Mt. Iwaki
・Scale of hot spring area: There are about 6 hotels and inns
・Access: From JR Hirosaki Station, take the Konan Bus and get off at Dake Onsen-mae bus stop (about 40 minutes)
Spring quality: sulfur/sulfate springs
・Main Hotels: Yama no Hotel, Dake Hotel, Jomonjn no Yado

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5. Shimofuro Onsen: Where sulfur springs and hot water become addictive

5. Shimofuro Onsen: Where sulfur springs and hot water become addictive
At “Kaikyo no Yu” you can enjoy water from two sources, Oyu and Shinyu (Photo courtesy of Yukaimura HP)

Shimofuro Onsen, located in Kazamaura, the northernmost village on Honshu, is a resort that's been historically praised as “a good hot spring that is effective against all diseases.”

The twin “Oyu” and “Shinyu” springs provide effective relief for cuts, burns, and chronic skin diseases. The cloudy, sulfur-scented water is almost addictive and offers a wide view of the Tsugaru Strait.

Old-fashioned hot spring town

Shimofuro Onsen information
・Features: A hot spring village that has been around since the Muromachi period, overlooking the Tsugaru Straits
・Scale of hot spring area: There are about 10 hotels, inns, and guest houses.
・Access: From JR Shimokita Station, take the Shimokita Kotsu Bus and get off at Shimofuro Onsen bus stop (about 70 minutes)
Spring quality: Sulfur spring
・Main Hotels: Maruhon Ryokan, Hotel New Shimofuro, Satsukiso Inn

Recommended Hotels Nearby

  • Mutsu Park Hotel
    • Address Tanabu-cho 9-10, Mutsu, Aomori, 035-0034
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    • Nearest Station Shimokita Station (Ominato Line)
      44 minutes on foot

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6. Lamp no Yado Aoni Onsen: Enjoy a secret hot spring in an area without radio waves or electricity

Kuroishi City is located in the center of Aomori Prefecture. Not only is “Lamp no Yado Aoni Onsen” located in a mountainous area with no cell phone signal, but the inn itself has no electricity. Surrounded by abundant nature and lit only by lamp lights at night, it truly has the feeling of an unexplored region.

The springs are colorless, transparent, tasteless, odorless, and have a reputation for being effective against neuralgia, muscle pain, and joint pain. There are four types of open-air and indoor baths. Why not forget about work in a signal-free environment as you soak in the hot springs?

“Lamp no Yado Aoni Onsen,” surrounded by rivers and mountains (Photo courtesy of Lamp no Yado Aoni Onsen)
An open-air bath where lamp lights create a fantastic atmosphere (Photo courtesy of Lamp no Yado Aoni Onsen)

Lamp no Yado Aoni Onsen Information
・Features: A hot spring inn lit only with lamp light where you can enjoy 4 types of bath
Spring quality: Simple hot spring (colorless, transparent, tasteless, and odorless)

Health & Safety Measures
・Indoor disinfection measures taken
・Hand sanitizer available
・Disinfection after each guest leaves
・Proper ventilation measures in place
・Coin trays used
・Staff wear masks, gargle, wash hands regularly, and monitor body temperature
・Limited capacity / increased space between seats
・Entry declined to anyone feeling unwell
・Masks required for guests / temperature check enforced

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7. Owani Onsen: A traditional hot spring with a history of over 800 years

7. Owani Onsen: A traditional hot spring with a history of over 800 years
The one-day “Owani no Yu” hot spring in the “Wani-come” regional exchange center (Photo courtesy of Owani Town Regional Exchange Center Wan-come)

The town of Owani has long been known as the “Okuzashiki of Tsugaru” and is blessed with abundant nature and greenery. The source of Yu no Sato boasts a history of more than 800 years and is a colorless, transparent weak salt spring.

Said to be effective for relieving the symptoms of neuralgia and rheumatic diseases, the smoothing-feeling waters are easy to wash in. The spring will keep you feeling warm even after you get out, and you’ll definitely want to spend ample time in the hot water, especially in colder months.

The town is dotted with hot spring facilities where you can easily experience public baths familiar to local residents, and everyone has their own way of enjoying them. Taking a walk through the retro hot spring town after a bath is also recommended.

Owani is popular hot spring village with a footbath in front of the station.

Owani Onsen Information
・Features: A hot spring village with a good old-fashioned atmosphere, and an 800-year history
・Scale of hot spring area: There are about 8 hotels and inns
・Access: Get off at JR Owanionsen Station
Spring quality: Chloride-sulfate spring
・Main Hotels: Fujiya Hotel, Hoshino Resorts Kai Tsugaru, Yamani Senyukan

Recommended Hotels Nearby

  • Aomori Winery Hotel
    Aomori Winery Hotel
    青森ワイナリーホテル
    • Address Shimada Takinosawa 100-9, Ōwani, Aomori, 038-0223
    • Nearest Station Owanionsen Station (Ou Line)

8. Koganezaki Furofushi Onsen: A large-scale open-air bath on the shores of the Sea of Japan

8. Koganezaki Furofushi Onsen: A large-scale open-air bath on the shores of the Sea of Japan
Furofushi Onsen with its impressive gourd-shaped bath (Photo courtesy of Koganezaki Furofushi Onsen)

In Fukaura, in southwestern Aomori, there’s an inn where you can enjoy hot springs that flow directly from their source called “Furofushi Onsen.”

The name implies that “If you bathe here, you will not get old or weak,” and the reddish-brown waters have excellent heat retention and moisturizing effects, bactericidal and soothing effects, and are rich in skin-beautifying elements.

The most popular bath is the “Seaside Open-air Bath,” a mere 1 meter from the Sea of Japan. Tourists from all over the country come to enjoy the feeling of oneness with the sea.

Day bathing is an option in the three springs: indoor “Kogane no Yu,” open-air “Furofushi no Yu,” and the Seaside Open-air Bath. Soaking in any of them with the Sea of Japan right in front of you is a unique experience.

“Seaside open-air bath” by the powerful Sea of Japan (Photo courtesy of Koganezaki Furofushi Onsen) *One-day bathing in the open-air bath available only until 16:00 (last entry at 15:30), after which only overnight guests are allowed

Koganezaki Furofushi Onsen Information
・Features: A hot spring that flows directly from its source in front of the Sea of Japan
Spring quality: Iron-containing-sodium-chloride strong salt spring (hypertonic neutral high hot spring)
・Other Information: Japanese, English, Chinese information available (including pictograms), tattoos prohibited

Health & Safety Measures
・Indoor disinfection measures taken
・Hand sanitizer available
・Disinfection after each guest leaves
・Proper ventilation measures in place
・Coin trays used
・Plastic partitions installed
・Staff wear masks, gargle, wash hands regularly, and monitor body temperature
・Limited capacity / increased space between seats
・Restricted admission and reservation system in place
・Entry declined to anyone feeling unwell
・Masks required for guests / temperature check enforced

Recommended Hotels Nearby

  • Koganezaki Furofushi Onsen
    Koganezaki Furofushi Onsen
    黄金崎不老ふ死温泉
    • Address Henashi Shimokiyotaki 15-1, Fukaura, Aomori, 038-2327
    • Nearest Station Henashi Station (Gono Line)
      7 minutes on foot

9. Gonohe Makiba Onsen: A farm-born, free-flowing hot spring

9. Gonohe Makiba Onsen: A farm-born, free-flowing hot spring
An open-air bath that flows directly from the source (Photo courtesy of Gonohe Makiba Onsen)

Gonohe Makiba Onsen, located in Gonohe in southern Aomori, is a secluded inn named after a spring found on a farm. The colorless, transparent, silky hot water is effective for treating poor circulation, rheumatism, and neuropathy, recovering from fatigue, and is popular for being difficult to cool.

In addition to the large communal bath, there is also an open-air bath, a far-infrared sauna, and in-room baths for guests.

A spacious public bath are with a bubble bath and a cold bath (Photo courtesy of Gonohe Makiba Onsen)

Gonohe Makiba Onsen Information
・Features: A hot spring inn that is popular for its smooth, soft water
Spring quality: Sodium chloride spring

Health & Safety Measures
・Indoor disinfection measures taken
・Hand sanitizer available
・Proper ventilation measures in place
・Coin trays used
・Plastic partitions installed
・Staff wear masks, gargle, wash hands regularly, and monitor body temperature
・Limited capacity / increased space between seats
・Entry declined to anyone feeling unwell
・Masks required for guests / temperature check enforced

Recommended Hotels Nearby

  • Comfort Hotel Hachinohe
    • Address Shiriuchimachi Tateda 2-16 , Hachinohe, Aomori, 039-1101
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    • Nearest Station Hachinohe Station (Hachinohe Line / Tohoku Shinkansen / Hokkaido Shinkansen / Aoimori Tetsudo)
      9 minutes on foot

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  • Gonohe Makiba Onsen
    五戸まきば温泉
    • Address 3 Nashirozawa, Gonohe-machi, Sannohe-gun, Aomori-ken 039-1522
    • Phone Number 0178-62-5511
    • Hours: 5:00 - 22:00
      Admission: Adults (junior high school students and above) 450 yen, children 100 yen *All tax included
      Access: Approximately 20 minutes by taxi from JR Hachinohe Station
      Closures: No regular closures

The Aomori style of hot spring bathing is to enjoy not only the source and efficacy of a spring, but also the location itself. The natural beauty of each season changes the scenery around open-air baths, so be sure to take a hot spring tour in different seasons!

Text by: Tsubasa Shimoda
*The information in this article is accurate as of June 2021. Please check official websites for the latest information.

English translation by Gabriel Wilkinson

*This information is from the time of this article's publication.
*Prices and options mentioned are subject to change.
*Unless stated otherwise, all prices include tax.

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