Recommended Onsen in Aomori
In Aomori Prefecture onsens abound and are easy to add to travel plans in the area. This is one of the main reason why tourists flock to this part of Japan From the Tsugaru region all the way up to Oma, you will have no trouble finding high quality onsens at price points to accommodate to any budget. In case you are having a hard time making up your mind about which ones to try out, there are three locations which feature gender-free baths, allowing you to gaze out at star-filled skies, step back in history and enjoy hot springs like the local fisherman did in times past.
Sukayu Onsen in the Hakkoda Mountains
If old and iconic is what you are looking for when in search of onsen, then Sukayu Onsen has that and more. The actual hot spring, found in the Hakkoda Mountains was opened more than 300 years ago and has been a local favourite since the 1950s. Sukayu Onsen is a large building hugged by the mountains and wilderness where guests can choose from various types of rooms based on short and long term stays. The main reason to make the trip here is the famous “Sennin Buro” or “Thousands People Bath”, so called because of its large size. This iconic bath has been gender-free from its beginnings and people of all ages come and share the acidic cloudy waters of this beech wood bath. Although the Sennin Buro is open to both genders, there is an hour allotted as “women only” everyday.
Hoshi to Mori No Romantopia Resort
Hoshi ｔo Mori no Romantopia is a mountainous resort themed around stars, forests, and magical characters. The grounds are vast and surrounded by nature; Mount Iwaki on one side and the Shirakami Sanchi on the other. This unique resort offers various indoor and outdoor activities perfect for keeping kids entertained but also fun for adults. Guests can gaze at the stars while visiting the resort's own astronomy observatory, enjoy an indoor swimming pool, mini golf, tennis, and go-karts among other activities. But it is originally a hot spring and as such it offers guests top-class baths with the added touch of nature; as you relax in the hot waters you can take in the stunning views of Mt. Iwaki, also known as the Fujisan of the Tsugaru Region. The rooms at Hoshi To Mori are Japanese style with comfortable tatami mats and all the amenities common to ryokans across the country. Large groups can also opt to staying at one of the log cabins nestled in the surrounding forests. Accommodation starts at 4,400 yen including breakfast and as such is one of the best value money places to stay in this part of Aomori.
Maruhon Onsen in Shimohuro onsenkyo(hot spring village)
Maruhon Ryokan is a cozy and quaint accommodation option located in the Shimokita District and hidden in the hills of Shimofuro, an onsen town on the shores of the Pacific Ocean. Opened to the public in 1887, it has seen many a fisherman stop by to used the lowered floor bath and feast on the healthy home-cooked meals. Some of the rooms overlook the harbour and waking up with sunlight beaming through the window and a warm cup of tea is a great way to start the day.