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Ginzan Onsen: Hot Spring Town of Yamagata with a Taisho-Era Atmosphere

Ginzan Onsen is a hot spring village named after the Nobesawa Silver Mine that prospered at the beginning of the Edo Period. Its rejuvenating onsen (natural hot springs) are all the more enjoyable because of the quaint feel of the town, bringing to mind Taisho-era Japan.

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Experience the natural transformations over four different seasons including the much recommended cherry blossoms ascending the mountains that are still covered with lingering snow in Spring.

In summer, take a walk to the waterfalls or along the streams and enjoy the rhythmic sound of the moving water.

Shirogane Falls, near Ginzan Onsen. Photo credit: ume-y on Flickr

The dried red and yellow leaves dress the town in colors of Autumn. Stroll along the walking trails donning a Yukata, while your cameras go click, click!

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In winter, the cityscape transforms into a mystical world of snow lit up by gas lamps.

Something you mustn't miss is the Waraku ashi-yu, or foot bath. Relax your feet in the hot water while your eyes savour the view of across the river.

Cherry blossoms, gurgling waterfalls, autumn trail walks, beautiful snow — the charming town of Ginzan Onsen will keep bringing you back again and again anytime of the year!

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