Ginzan Onsen (Ginzan Hot Spring), Yamagata

The “Ginzan Onsen” (Silver Mine Hot Spring) in Obanazawa-shi, Yamagata is said that it has became a model of “Spirited Away” which is the Japanese famous animated film. A wonderful hot-spring resort feeling nostalgia is spreading out in “Ginzan Onsen”.


This place is a hot spring resorts having good taste that seemed to travel back in time to the Taisho period.
It is famous for a lot of snow and a watermelon of noted product, and known the place where the TV series of “Oshin” was shot. The wooden multilayered hotels form a line and gaslights is burning, it is the place where everyone wants to try to go once.


Ginzan Onsen is among the green. Along the both sides of the “Ginzan Gawa” (Silver Mine River) flowing through the center of the town are lined with historical wooden hotels which was built from last years of Taisho era to early in the Showa era.


A vein of silver was discovered in the 16th century, and the Ginzan prospered as “Kogi Yama” (Shogunate Mountain) in the Edo era. It attracts attention now as a hot-spring resort. There are many highlights in the calm and stately cityscape, so people come throughout the year.


Each hotel is lighted up beautifully, too. The contrast with warm color of light and housing parts of the historical wooden building is splendid. Don’t you think it is splendid experience to soak in the hot spring at night while looking at the town with this light?



Name:Ginzan Onsen (Ginzan Hot Spring)
Adresse:Ginzanshinhata Obanazawa, Yamagata 999-4333 Japan
Access:JR Ohu-honsen Line “Ooishida-eki Station” (30 minutes by car)
Tel:(+81)237-28-3933 (Ginzan Onsen Information Desk)
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