Nyuto Tsurunoyu Onsen
Q: Tell us about Akita’s Onsen Paradise- a stretch of Onsens that remains nearly undiscovered by most of the tourists.
Nyuto Tsurunoyu Onsen
Nyuto Onsen owns a collection of Onsen Ryokans in the mountains of eastern Akita Prefecture. This place is well-known for its hot spring baths found at its eight ryokan, some of which are quite traditional and rustic. With a history of over 300 years, Tsurunoyu Onsen is the oldest Ryokan that links good fortune and longevity. It offers travelers a rustic and authentic Onsen experience. The Onsen was so beautiful that it had an intense charm as we saw the comforting hot spring steam with the olden Japanese-style building in the background.
The baths also contain different temperatures and intensities. All the Onsens have both men’s and women’s bathrooms in an indoor setting, as well as a private outdoor bathroom. For adventurous souls, you can give it a try using the common bathrooms in public which requires great courage. It’s definitely an experience that perhaps most of the Malaysians are unfamiliar with.
There is also the majority of Ryokans housing their own private Onsen, complete with a remarkable view overlooking the beautiful landscapes. There is no reason to leave your private space.
We extremely enjoyed this magical view of the autumn foliage while we relaxed in the hot springs and experienced being in a different world! We enjoyed this milky and mineral-rich hot spring water that was controlled by the forces of nature, allowing us to feel the true connection with the earth. In the traditional Japanese folklore, mineral baths and hot springs were believed to improve the overall health and wellness of one.
When entering our traditional Japanese Ryokan room, we were surprised at what we had found! We couldn’t wait to try out the Japanese-style bedding and we actually loved the aromatic smell of the tatami mats. I found out that Japanese Hot Spring Ryokans and Yukata are inseparable. I was also delighted to get into the spirit of the Japanese spa culture by learning the essentials of traditional Japanese Yukata and how it should be worn. We wore the Yukata not only in the Ryokan but also outside for a stroll around the village to enjoy some exceptional local cuisine of Akita.
We took the bus ride up to the Ryokan situated in the mountains of Akita. The hot springs have major attraction mainly for foreigners from Taiwan and China. After all, Japanese people are very friendly and thoughtful – the key is to always be respectful, and if you don’t know what to do, just ask!
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