4 Best Onsen Ryokan in Ginzan Onsen for Your Special Vacation | Japan Guide

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Ginzan onsen is an onsen town located in Yamagata prefectue. The street of Ginzan onsen -has remarkable Taisho-roman style buildings which are characterized by the unique yet gorgeous mixture of the traditional Japanese elements and the Western elements.


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Relaxing in onsen, eating great food, and walking down the streets of this historical town will surely make you feel special. Here is our list of Ginzan onsen inns to help you have the best experience in this dreamy onsen town.

No.4. KOZANKAKU

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Kozankaku is another ryokan that was built during the Taisho-era. -Kozankaku is a unique onsen experience due to the authentic feel of being in an old fashioned Japanese onsen.

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Kozankaku is a traditional Japanese styled onsen with Taisho-roman elements. To some extent, Taisho-roman was Japan meets Art Deco. You can see some evidence here in this room. Although, the building is old, it is well-maintained and very clean.

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As you walk through the building, you will fall in love with the unique architecture and it will take you back to the old days of Japan.

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Kozankaku offers a variety of onsen tubs, including private baths that can be reserved.

Address: 423 Ginzanshinhata Obanazawa-shi, Yamagata

Access: From Tokyo station: JR Yamagata Kudari (Shinjo-homen) on Tsubasa to Oishida station, From Oishida station, 40 minutes on Hanagasa bus to Ginzan-onsen stop.
*A shuttle bus is provided by Kozankaku from Oishida station. Contact Kozankaku for reservation.

Check-in/Cheack-out: 2:30pm ~ / -~-10:00am

Fees: from 10,000 yen/per person

Tel: +81 (0)237-28-2039

No.3. FUJIYA


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This stylish onsen ryokan leaves an unforgettable impression in one’s heart with beautiful curtains of delicate bamboo strings.

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Inside this quiet beautiful building, experiences Fujiya offers are completely in another universe from our busy everyday life.


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All five of their onsen are only available by reservation. You can have this serene and peaceful place just for yourself. Just relax and take it all in.

Address: 443 Ginzanshinhata Obanazawa-shi, Yamagata

Access: From Tokyo station: JR Yamagata Kudari (Shinjo-homen) on Tsubasa to Oishida station, From Oishida station, 40 minutes on Hanagasa bus to Ginzan-onsen stop.
*A shuttle bus is provided by Fujiya from Oishida station. Contact Fujiya for details and reservation.

Check-in/Cheack-out: 3:00pm ~ / ~-10:00am

Fees: from 27,800 yen/per person

Tel: +81 (0)237-28-2141

No.2. GINZAN SO


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This is a fancy ryokan with a clean modern charm. Ginzan So offers a room with a private onsen bath where you can relax with the nice view as well as TV and music if you’d like. Can there be a better treat for yourself than this- Even from other rooms, you can enjoy the gorgeous view of a near by river and the surrounding nature.


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Their huge open-air onsen is just another reason to stay at this ryokan. The wonderful view of the mountains provides you with relaxing time for your body and heart. They also have an in-door onsen and open-air bed onsen tubs.


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Their delicious meals are served in a tatami room with a table and chairs. So don’t worry if you cant kneel down to eat. The entries are always cooked with fresh products produced locally.

Address: 85 Ginzanshinhata Obanazawa-shi, Yamagata

Access: From Tokyo station: JR Yamagata Kudari (Shinjo-homen) on Tsubasa to Oishida station, From Oishida station, 40 minutes on Hanagasa bus to Ginzan sou
*A shuttle bus is provided by Ginzansou from Oishida station. Contact Ginzansou for reservation.

Check-in/Cheack-out: -3:00pm ~ 7:00pm / ~ 10:00am

Fees: Depend on the plan

Tel: +81 (0)237-28-2959

No.1. NOTOYA RYOKAN


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Standing tall and proud right in the middle of Ginzan onsen is Notoya-ryokan, one of the most famous ryokan at the Ginzan onsen. This gorgeous building is listed as a cultural asset in Japan and has maintained the Taisho-roman style inside out.

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Although the building is old, it is well maintained and polished.

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The original building still has the vintage look from the early days of the inn while the new building has a more modern and simple look.

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Aside from this beautiful open-air onsen, they also have a public bath, cave bath, and private bath.

Address: 446 Ginzanshinhata, Obanazawa-shi, Yamagata

Access: From Tokyo station: JR Yamagata Kudari (Shinjo-homen) on Tsubasa to Oishida station, From Oishida station, 40 minutes on Hanagasa bus to Ginzan-onsen stop.
*A shuttle bus is provided by Notoya from Oishida station. Contact Notoya for reservation.

Check-in/Cheack-out: 2:00pm ~ / ~ 10:30am

Fees: Depend on the season

Tel: +81 (0)237-28-2327
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