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Ginzan Onsen

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.