Secluded Hot Springs &
Aomori Approx. 3 hours by Shinkansen from Tokyo
If you are looking for a rustic retreat to refresh your body and soul, look no further than the Tohoku region in North Eastern Japan. Consisting of six prefectures, this area boasts some of the most milky and smooth hot springs in Japan, a variety of fresh seafood from both the Pacific Ocean and Japan Sea, organic meats from free-range farms as well as abundant fruits made sweet from the distinct change in seasons.
Sukayu Onsen Aoni Onsen Yamagata Approx. 2 hours 30 min by Shinkansen from Tokyo
Morioka Approx. 2 hours by Shinkansen from Tokyo
Zao Onsen Tokyo
♨ Sukayu Onsen
Japan’s most northern prefecture, Aomori is famous for apple produce, seafood and Nebuta lantern floats.
Historic & healing soak This milky bath high in the Hakkoda Mountains of Aomori City has been frequented for centuries by locals for its healing properties, and is a popular stopover for many skiers in search of powder snow at Hakkoda Ski Resort. The wooden building, known as Senninburo, or “1000-person bath”, is famous for its two mix-gender baths made from hiba arborvitae, an Aomori specialty. Access: 1-hour by JR Bus Tohoku Towada-hoku line from JR Aomori Station URL: http://www.sukayu.jp/Tops/index ( Japanese)
♨ Lamp no Yado Aoni Onsen Away from modern life This mountain retreat takes you away from your everyday life and offers an authentic Japanese experience you won’t easily find elsewhere. The ryokan is lit only with oil lamps, and rooms come without power sockets or Wi-Fi. This may at first feel inconvenient, but a soak in one of the 4 divine hot springs will make you forget the stress and worries that come with modern life. Access: 30-min by bus (Nurukawa Line) from Kuroishi City. Get off at Nijinoko and transfer to pickup bus. URL: http://www.yo.rim.or.jp/~aoni/en/index.html
Gourmet spots within Aomori City Tsugaru Joppari Isariya Sakaba Cuisine and live music from Aomori The 3 neputa lantern floats on the exterior of this izakaya promise an authentic experience, and make it both easy and fun to find! Savour local sake and specialties as Kaiyakimiso (scallops grilled together with miso and egg), and fried Shamorokku (an Aomori chicken breed) while listening to a live tsugaru-shamisen performance. This type of shamisen – a traditional Japanese stringed instrument – has its origin in Aomori Prefecture. Access: 20-min walk from JR Aomori Station URL: http://marutomisuisan.jpn.com/isariya-tugaru/ ( Japanese)