Trek back in time at this historic hot spring village.
Naruko Onsen Hot Spring Village is one of the largest and oldest onsen villages in Japan, having been discovered in 837 when a nearby mountain erupted. It is famous for having been visited by many historical figures such as Minamoto no Yoshitsune, a general who played a significant role in Heian Period history, and haiku master Matsuo Basho, who is known by all Japanese for his poem, Oku no Hosomichi, or The Narrow Road to the Deep North ? referring to the Tohoku region.
Multiple soaking options to choose from!
The spectacular view of Naruko Onsen from above.
But other than being rich in history, it is also blessed with an abundance of hot spring water of various characteristics, mineral content and health benefits. There are five hot spring areas: Naruko, Higashi-Naruko, Kawatabi, Nakayamadaira and Onikobe. Each is known to bring about different health benefits, from treating hardened arteries to leaving one’s skin feeling silky and supple.
Higashi-Naruko Onsen, delicately covered with snow.
Kawatabi Onsen, the oldest of the five hot springs here.
Nakayamadaira Onsen, hidden within these picturesque hills.
Onikobe Onsen’s Benten Geyser, which shoots hot spring water approximately every 10 minutes.
Located amidst a mountain range, Naruko Hot Spring Village is famous for a large ravine, called the Naruko-kyo Gorge, formed by the Oyagawa River. Indeed, the picturesque setting of Naruko Onsen village ? with mountains, valleys, rivers and lush foliage, make it a popular hiking destination, especially during the autumn when the leaves take on various hues of red and orange.
Naruko-kyo Gorge is one of the nation’s most popular spots to catch autumn colors.
Breathtaking scenery from the slopes of Onikobe Ski Resort.
Ski by day and spa by night!
During the winter, skiers and snowboarders head to Onikobe Ski Resort for powder snow ? and a dip at one of the onsens here is a must to round off the day.
2h 55min from Tokyo via Furukawa Staition (JR Tohoku Shinkansen Line) to Naruko Onsen Station by JR Rikuutosen Line.