Miyagi Prefecture is located in the southern part of the Tohoku Region. Date Masamune founded its capital city, Sendai, in the 1600s. Whether you plan to take a short or a long vacation in this prefecture, it is important to make a reservation to a ryokan (traditional Japanese inn) with an onsen, hot springs.
The ryokans in Miyagi Prefecture are well-known for their onsens. It would be best if you book a place that is built along with a hot spring so you can enjoy them at your leisure. It is believed that hot springs have many healing properties, especially for turning skin smoother.
Make sure to make a reservation in these onsen resorts and ryokans in Miyagi Prefecture for a great vacation.
1. Naruko Onsen
Naruko Onsen, also known as the hot spring village, is located on the north side of Miyagi Prefecture. The small village surrounded by mountains is an amazing place to relax and soak yourself in hot springs. Over the years, more and more people are visiting Naruko Onsen to ward off the chill during the autumn and winter seasons in Japan. A great point about Naruko Onsen is it’s very close to the capital of Miyagi Prefecture, Sendai. You can even enjoy onsen with a day trip from Sendai.
Naruko Ryokan is an old ryokan that has a sulfur hot spring. The hot spring is hot and it will warm you up pretty nicely. The facilities are old and you can tell at a glance that this inn had been around for a very long time.
Address: 54-11 Kurumayu, Naruko Onsen, Osaki, Miyagi
Website: http://www.naruko-ryokan.jp (Japanese Only)
Yumoto Kisshou is perhaps one of the newest ryokans that were built in Naruko Onsen District. They have breakfast and dinner buffets, so you don’t have to worry about your meals. The gift shop has a good selection of items that you can buy as a souvenir for your trip. Good accommodations and excellent service await those who will book a room at this wonderful ryokan.
Address: 58-10 Naruko Onsen Yumoto, Osaki, Miyagi
2. Akiu Onsen
Akiu Onsen is surrounded by nature. It is also dubbed as one of The Three Great Hot Springs in the Oshu Region, together with Naruko Onsen in Miyagi Prefecture and Isaka Onsen in Fukushima Prefecture. There are plenty of luxurious hotels and ryokans that have great facilities that will allow you to enjoy your stay at Akiu Onsen. Akiu Onsen is also very close to Sendai City, and you can take a day trip.
Sakan is a very popular ryokan that is said to have been around for over a thousand years. It is said that the Lord of the Sendai domain, Date Masamune, regularly bathed in this location. The ryokan is a 30-minute drive from the city center and has many modern facilities that will make your stay as comfortable as possible.
Address: 28 Aza-Yakushi, Akiu-machi Yumoto, Taihaku-ku, Sendai-shi, Miyagi
Kagaribi no Yu Ryokusuitei
Kagaribi no Yu Ryokusuitei is an amazing ryokan surrounded by nature. It also has one of the largest open-air baths in Miyagi, and you will enjoy experience of staying here. The rooms are very clean and spacious and would be perfect for family or couple vacation.
Address: 27 Yumoto Uehara, Akiu-machi, Taihaku-ku, Sendai-shi, Miyagi
3. Matsushima Onsen
Matsushima is a popular tourist destination in the Miyagi Prefecture. Surrounded by nature and attractions like temples and shrines, this onsen district is a great place to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. Many ryokans allow you to enjoy the beautiful view of Matsushima, one of the three great views of Japan, while bathing in hot springs.
Matsushima Ichinobou is a very popular ryokan/hotel that boasts good facilities and amazing views of the surrounding area. The rooms are spacious and clean, and the services are good as well. Their breakfast buffet has a wide variety of options. Overall, an excellent place to have a weekend vacation.
Address: Hama 1-4, Takagi Hama, Matsushima-machi, Miyagi-gun, Miyagi
Website: https://www.ichinobo.com/matsushima/ (Japanese Only)
Komatsukan Kofutei is another highly recommended ryokan by those who love to stay at a place with great views, food, facilities, and services. Their futon and Western beds are very comfortable, and the kaiseki meals they serve are all delicious. The highlight of the ryokan is their private onsen with breathtaking views of the surrounding islands.
Address: 35-2 Matsushima Senzui, Matsushima-machi, Miyagi-gun, Miyagi
4. Togatta Onsen
Togatta Onsen is nestled at the foot of Mt. Zao in Miyagi Prefecture. It’s a pretty onsen district surrounded by mountains and continued for over 400 years. You can get there by riding the bus from Sendai Station and travel for about an hour before reaching your destination.
Zao Sansatei is a 60-minute drive from the Sendai Station. You will love the tatami rooms and their futon mats that highlight the Japanese culture. The hot spring is great, and the Japanese garden gives you a place to relax and forget the hustle and bustle of the city.
Address: 30 Togattaonsen Higashi Ura, Zao-Machi Katta-Gun, Miyagi
5. Sakunami Onsen
Sakunami Onsen is 40 minutes away from Sendai by train and known for its many onsen ryokans. You can choose a ryokan that specializes in indoor or outdoor onsen depending on your preference. The views here are spectacular in any season.
Sakunami Onsen is near Risshaku-Ji Temple (Yamadera) and the Homei Shijuhachi-taki Falls. They have communal baths and four open-air baths that are great for those who travel solo or as a group. It is a 5-minute drive by car from the JR Sakunami Station. Toiletries and other miscellaneous items are also provided.
Address: 16 Motoki Sakunami, Aoba-Ku, Sendai-Shi, Miyagi
Website: https://ssl.iwamatu-ryokan.com (Japanese Only)
6. Kamasaki Onsen
Kamasaki Onsen has a very interesting history. It is said that it was accidentally discovered over 600 years ago when farmers were trying to cut the grass by digging the ground using their sickles. Kamasaki Onsen is also famous for Kokeshi studios. You can participate in Kokeshi making workshop at Yajiro Kokeshi Village near the center of Kamasaki Onsen.
Kamasaki Onsen has traditional rooms that are in excellent condition. You can add breakfast when you book a room. The onsen baths are nice and clean. It is an affordable place to visit, especially if you’re planning to stay for a few days.
Address: 1-38 Kamasaki, Fukuokakuramoto, Shiroishi-shi, Miyagi
7. Sasaya Onsen
Sasaya Onsen offers an environment that makes you feel at ease. There are good onsens located here, and you can take your time to choose the ryokan that you wish to stay. Sasaya Onsen has attracted many travelers from a long time ago as it’s located close to Sasaya Pass in the middle of Sendai and Yamagata. Some of them have complete amenities that will make your stay very comfortable.
Ichinoyu Ryokan in Sasaya Onsen is a wonderful ryokan that has a great onsen and delicious seasonal kaiseki delicacies. All rooms are spacious and clean with good views of the surrounding areas. The hot spring is great, and you can really feel the warmth spreading deep inside your body.
Address: Sudo 15-3, Imashuku, Kawasaki-cho, Shibata-gun, Miyagi
Website: https://www.ichinoyu.net (Japanese Only)
Data is as of November 2019
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