What are some of the best onsen districts in rural areas?

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Mari San Mari San, Living in Japan

Answered over 1 year ago

There are countless rural and not well known onsen districts in Japan. Of all of them, Kinugawa onsen in Tochigi prefecture is one of my recommendation. Kinugawa onsen is near Nikko, where the famous World Heritage temple Tosho-gu is located. You can enjoy seeing Toshogu during the day and relax in onsen at night!
Shin Kinoshita Shin Kinoshita, Living in Japan

Answered over 1 year ago

Hakone is really easy to reach from Tokyo. It takes only about 1.5 hour from Shinjuku. As Hakone has pretty long history as one of the biggest onsen districts, there are many attractions such as museums and sightseeing cruise at Lake Ashi, you will never get bored. There are many ryokan inns, from reasonable to expensive, I recommend to stay over a night and experience the traditional onsen stay :)
Moriko Moriko, Living in Japan

Answered over 1 year ago

My favorite is Ginzan Onsen in Yamagata. Ginzan onsen is a onsen district with old Japanese style buildings still stand on the side of the river. All ryokans have only limited numbers of rooms thus the district is fairly quiet. Some of the ryokans don't allow children to stay over.
Ginzan onsen is especially beautiful in winter with snow.
https://www.tripadvisor.jp/Attraction_Review-g1023680-d1425441-Reviews-Ginzan_Onsen-Obanazawa_Yamagata_Prefecture_Tohoku.html
Keiji  Takakura Keiji Takakura, Living in Japan

Answered 3 months ago

Beppu Onsen in Oita Prefecture is recommended.
There are 9 types of hot springs (Onsen) in the world, but eight of them gather in Beppu. Of course hot springs for tourists are great but it is recommended to try bathing in communal hot springs, too.

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