Ashinomaki Onsen is proud of its beautiful valley and natural hot spring with abundant hot water. The hot spring was opened 1,200 years ago. It was difficult to reach at that time, so it was also called a ""phantom hot spring village."" The sheer precipice of the deep valley is scattered with hot spring ryokan inns and a secluded hot spring mood hangs in the air. Why don't you forget about the hustle and bustle of everyday life and spend a relaxing moment in an inn with a superb view that allows you to fully take in the beautiful valley and the greenery of the forest while soaking in hot water?
The highlights here include Ashinomaki Onsen Station that is famous for having a cat serving as the station master, the Ichii Trail (Japanese Yew Trees) Walkway that is symbolized by yew trees and the Ashi Poppo footbath with hot water flowing in directly from the source located in a place with a great view.
This is a quiet hot spring area. Nevertheless, you will find the Ouchi-juku post station, To-no-Hetsuri cliff formation, Tsuruga Castle, Aizu Samurai Residences and other tourist attractions nearby. There is also great access from Aizu-Wakamatsu; it is approximately 25 minutes by car. This makes it perfect as a base for sightseeing in Aizu-Wakamatsu.
A thematic journey in the Tohoku region:Hot springs