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Aizu Higashiyama Onsen

Aizu Higashiyama Onsen (Fukushima pref.)

Aizu Higashiyama Onsen is a hot spring resort in a valley just east of the downtown area of Aizu Wakamatsu. With lush nature and an old-fashioned town, this tourist destination has a nostalgic atmosphere. The onsen area was opened in the late 8th century, and is said to have been established by the Buddhist priest Gyōki, during the Tenpyo era. During the Edo period, it was popular with the Aizu samurai, and developed as a retreat area.

One particularly notable ryokan in the area is the Mukaitaki Ryokan with a traditional wooden construction.