Sakunami Onsen is a popular hot spring town on the outskirts of Sendai. The springs are especially popular with women as the transparent hot spring water is known to promote beautiful skin leaving it soft and moist. A wide range of accommodation options is available from traditional inns to cosmopolitan hotels. These inns and hotels offer a variety of baths with hot spring water flowing directly from its source including open-air baths, deep baths for Tachiyu (standing bathing) and natural rock baths. Some welcome day visitors as well as overnight guests.
Sakunami is 40 to 50 minutes by train or bus from Sendai station and a free transfer bus is available from JR Sakunami station. Gigantic Kokeshi dolls stand at the entrance of the town to welcome visitors.
Immerse yourself in a hot spring nestled in the beautiful fluvial terraces beside the Hirose River while listening to the stream waters flowing by!
Sakunami Onsen was officially founded in 1796. Legend has it that the spring waters were made popular before this time by the prominent Buddhist priest Gyoki and the famous warrior Yoritomo Minamoto during his local rule.
Neighbouring attractions include the Nikka Whisky Sendai Distillery which offers a tour including the sampling of various whiskies, the pristine Okunikkawa River and the Homei Shijuhachi-taki Falls featuring an orchestral roar of falling water. A further walk takes you to Saihoji Temple and Risshakuji Temple, the latter being a famous temple in the mountains where the great poet Basho Matsuo composed one of the most popular haiku poems in Japan.
- 5 minutes by car from Sakunami Station on JR Senzan Line
70 minutes by bus from JR Sendai Station West Exit Bus Terminal (Take Sendai municipal bus bound for Sakunami Onsen and get off at “Sakunami Onsen Motoyu”.)
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- Sakunami Onsen Inns Association
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