Shirabu Onsen

Medicinal Hot Spring Deep in the Mountains

Introduction of Hot Springs (Onsen)

Halfway up Mt. Azuma, a resort sits along Otaru River at 850m (2789 ft) above sea level. It’s a secluded land berried in deep snow in winter.

This medicinal hot spring has been around since the samurai era and is said to be a secret to then-Yonezawa Domain. There used to be three inns with the thatched roof. Only one remains to this day, but the ambiance of the secret hot spring is still there.

Abundant hot water springs up around the deep gorge. Have a gratifying time in the warm steam, listening to the flow of hot water.

Effects and characteristics of Hot Springs

It was opened in 1312. Shirafu Onsen is said to have been named after Shirabu, meaning a place of frosted mist in a dialect.

Since the ancient time, it has been touted as one of the three best springs in the northern main island along with Zaoh and Takayu Onsens.

The natural spring gushes out at 1300 – 1500 liters (343-396 gallons) a minute, effective for hardened arteries, chronic skin diseases, chronic women’s diseases, diabetes, high blood pressure and more.
  • Spring Qualities

    Sulfate hot-spring
  • Efficacy

    Coldness Peripheral circulation disorder Depression Cuts Skin dryness


Access by public transportation.

About 40 min by bus from Yonezawa Station

Access by car

About 90 min by car from Hukushima-Iizaka Interchange

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