Ginzan Onsen (#銀山温泉
: Silver Mountain Hot Spring) is a secluded hot spring town nestled in the mountains of #Yamagata
It’s famous for the pedestrian street where #ryokans
(traditional wooden houses) line up on 2 sides with small river running between them. Several wooden foot bridges connect the 2 sides. Walking around here gives one a nostalgic feel of Japan of long time ago.
Kosekiya Bekkan (where we stayed) is one of the 12 retro inns with private bath. We paid ¥36,000 ($320) for an overnight stay. A bit expensive to stay along the strip but it gives you opportunity to experience the place at night when all the ryokans are lit. ▫️
If you just want to experience the public bath (as a day trip) and stay in nearby town with cheaper hotels, the town has 2 public baths (¥300-500) and 1 free foot bath.
There’s not a lot to do here since the street is very short, you can visit the small waterfall 22m at the end of the street. It supplies the gushing river that runs along the town. As this was originally a silver mining town, hence the name, visitors can visit the mine entrance that has been preserved from 500yrs ago.
To get there:
Yamagata Shinkansen (Covered by #JRPASS
) from Tokyo Station to Oishida Station (3hr). Take scheduled buses to Ginzan Onsen (¥700) or your Ryokan can arrange free pick up for you if you call in advance. #japanrailpass #ginzanonsen #visitjapan