Region
Tohoku
Island
Honshu
Largest City
Sendai
Population
2,365,204

Naruko Onsen

An abundance of hot springs and nature for hiking and winter sports.

Japan’s northern Tohoku region is the ideal getaway for those looking to relax in an onsen (hot spring bath) among breathtaking nature.  Especially scenic in autumn and winter is Naruko Onsen Village in Osaki City, Miyagi Prefecture. Not too far from Sendai City, the area has an abundance of onsen and nature for hiking and winter sports.

Photo by: ©Miyagi Prefecture/©JNTO One of the many outdoor baths around Naruko Onsen Village.

Geographically, the area was formed from a volcano over 1,000 years ago, and the hot spring water is said to have healing properties. Before you soak in said healing waters though, take your time to discover the local nature gems.

Naruko Onsen in autumn and winter

Numerous hiking paths around Naruko Onsen will lead you through canyons and forests. The beauty of these trails helped inspire the famous poet Basho, who was struck by the scenery.

Naruko Gorge in Miyagi Japan

Explore the natural scenery Naruko Onsen has to offer before enjoying the hot springs.

Located about 2 km from Naruko Onsen is Naruko Gorge, an ideal hiking experience for koyo, a Japanese tradition of viewing the colorful autumn foliage. There are several parking areas near the path, but the Narukokyo Resthouse has (paid) parking and is the best spot to view Ofukazawa Bridge (seen in the photo at the top of this page).

Japan's Scenic Northeastern Region

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Another great hike is along the Hosomichi trail, an approximately 9 km road which goes up through the mountains into Yamagata Prefecture, and overlooks the flowing rivers below. Naruko is also an ideal place for winter sports with Onikobe Ski Resort being a hotspot for skiing and other snow activities.

Hot spring hopping the Naruko way

Naruko Onsen hot springs in Miyagi Japan

Photo by: ©Miyagi Prefecture/©JNTO Maximum relaxation.

Naruko features almost 400 different mineral-rich water sources. For onsen enthusiasts, there are many different types of baths to try. Here are some of the most popular within the village:

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  • Onikobe Onsen - Map
Aside from the baths, there are dozens of hotels, gift shops, and restaurants. Grab a yukata (light kimono) from one of the area’s many hotels and stroll the grounds of Naruko in style. You’ll see both tourists and locals moseying along the quiet streets, going from one hot spring to the next.

Kokeshi Dolls at Naruko Onsen, Miyagi Japan

Photo by: Naruko Hotel These quirky wooden kokeshi dolls are handmade in the area and make a great souvenir.

At the gift shops, you can buy kokeshi dolls, wooden crafts that are a specialty of the region. The cute toys have been a tradition since the early 19th century, are still hand-made by craftsmen to this day and make for a great souvenir.

Head up to Miyagi for incredible views during the day and reward yourself with relaxing hot spring baths at night.

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How To Get There

Address

Kawarayu-55 Narukoonsen, Ōsaki-shi, Miyagi-ken 989-6100, Japan

By train

Access Naruko Onsen via Naruko Onsen station on the Rikyuu East line. It is about 45 minutes from Furukawa station, which is connected to the Tohoku Shinkansen.

Naruko can be accessed while using the Japan Rail Pass or JR East Pass.

By car

From the Tohoku Expressway, take Route 47 to Naruko Onsen.

Where To Stay

Yoshitsune Yukarinoyu Ubanoyu
  • Naruko Onsen Kawarayu 65 Osaki-Shi, Miyagi 989-6824
  • 5.4/10
  • 0.1 km
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Yumoto Kissho
  • Naruko Onsen Yumoto58-10 Osaki-Shi, Miyagi 989-6823
  • 8.8/10
  • 0.4 km
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Oogiya
  • Naruko-onsen Shinyashiki Osaki-Shi, Miyagi 989-6822
  • 8.5/10
  • 0.4 km
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Hotel Kameya
  • Naruko Onsen Kurumayu 54-6 Osaki-Shi, Miyagi 989-6821
  • 7.5/10
  • 1.1 km
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