Local Train Station: Aomori From Tokyo: Take the JR Shinkansen to Hachinohe. Then transfer to a local line to Aomori station. From that station, take a bus, direction JR Towadako, and get off at Yachi Onsen.
Travel Time: Tokyo to Hachinohe takes around 3 hrs by train. Hachinohe to Aomori is around 2 hrs by local train. A local bus between Aomori and Hachinohe takes 1 hr and 15 min. Total time from Tokyo is 6 hr and 15 min.
Address: Hakkoda, Yachi onsen Kamikita gun, Towadako-machi Tel: 0176-74-1161 Fax: 0176-74-1168 Web: www.oirase-keiryuu.j... Japanese Only
Various types of accommodations are available. Some rooms are large and have a private bath, others are small and relatively inexpensive. Guests can opt for meals or choose to cook their own. There are a total of 45 rooms Price: Rates start at Y3,800 without meals. With meals (breakfast and dinner), rates start at Y7,000. All rates are per person.
Days Closed: None Day Visit Option: Yes. Y300 (7:00 AM - 9:00 PM) Credit Cards: No
Onsen Specifics: Two small baths are for mixed bathing. Two other are only for women.
The small, homey onsen ryokan is located in the middle of Mt. Hakkoda. The onsen has been open for 400 years and it is considered as one of three most concealed onsens in Japan. The rooms are small but they are clean and everything is good shape. The food is very reasonably priced. There are full of local vegetable and fish on the plates.
There is specific way to take a bath in this onsen. There are two different types of bathes in each room. (One room is mixed bath and other is for only-women). One bath is lukewarm and other is little hot. You should take first 30 minutes in the lukewarm tub and transfer to hotter water. And you should repeat the routine several times to cure your body.
Nothing is fancy about this onsen ryokan, but it was very charming. The people who run the ryokan are nice and friendly. The facility was very clean and quiet. Since there are amy onsens are around, you can use free shuttle bus to visit different onsen. Some of them are very upscale and fun for day visit.
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