Ginzan Onsen (Yamagata pref.)
Ginzan Onsen hot spring is located along the Ginzan River in Obanazawa. This area lies in Yamagata Prefecture and borders neighboring Miyagi Prefecture. Graceful three- and four-story wooden inns stand in rows on both sides of the Ginzan River, with its steaming crystal clear waters, giving the area an air of a hermitage village. Ginzan, meaning “silver mountain,” was so named because of a silver mine discovered there around 500 years ago. However, these days it is better known as one of Japan’s prettiest onsen towns with historic ryokan lined up along the river.