The Omura Onsen Makibanoyu in Nagano-shi, Nagano has a large outdoor bath with magnificent views across the Zenko-ji Plain and the Northern Alps. The scenery looks great all the time but it is highly recommended to visit during winter.
The Wakura Onsen in Nanao, Ishikawa is regarded as one of the best and high-end hotspring resorts in Japan. It is located on the edge of Nanao Bay at the base of the Noto Peninsula. It has existed as a resort for 1,200 years, originally discovered by a traveling priest who noticed an injured crane bathing its wing in the warm water.
The Soyu in the Awazu Onsen in Kaga, Ishikawa is a hot spring facility for day use with a Karahafu-style roof and famous for soft, smooth spa waters. Eggs boiled in the hot springs are also available for a tasty and healthy snack.
The Kosoyu in the Yamashiro Onsen in Kaga, Ishikawais the place to experience the public bath culture as it was in the Meiji Period. Its Kutaniyaki ceramic tiled baths, lacquered walls, and stained glass in addition to the natural hot spring water create an elegant bathing adventure.
The Yamanaka Onsen is a “hotspring city” located inside Kaga, Ishikawa. Their hotsprings are very famous and inside are lots of ryokan where guests can stay overnight. The Daishoji River runs through the town, and it is a popular tourist spot for both Japanese and foreign travelers.
The Kaminoyama Onsen in Kaminoyama, Yamagata is a popular onsen and ryokan area in the prefecture. People say that it began when a monk saw a crane with an injured shin bathing there and then left the spring healed in the past. It has 6 small Onsen streets: Shin’yu, Yumachi, Tokamachi, Takamatsu, Hayama, and Kawasaki.
The Ginzan Onsen in Obanazawa, Yamagata is a hotspring area, its name literally meaning “silver mountain”. It became nationally famous as the setting for the television drama, Oshin. Fossils from the Miocene era have been found in the vicinity.