What is Onogawa Onsen?

What is Onogawa Onsen?

The onsen (hot spring) works as an excellent natural moisturizer, rejuvenates your skin gently and naturally. Known as the “hot spring of beauty”, it is said to have the effect of leaving your skin refreshed and youthful.

Onogawa Onsen was found more than 1200 years ago. The legendary tale of onsen started when Ono no Komachi, a poet of great renown during the Heian Period (794-1185 CE) who was also famous for her beauty, healed her illness during her journey. There is a document that shows during the period of the warring states, Date Masamune, a regional ruler of Japan’s Azuchi–Momoyama period through early Edo period, cured his wound from an accidental fall from a horse.

Soothing and relieving the mind and body, this hot-spring resort has been attracting many people for a long period of time.

You will be inspired by the magical glow of fireflies and the aesthetic nature of four seasons. You can enjoy the local specialty such as soy bean sprout, hot spring eggs and Yonezawa beef. The warm atmosphere of locals and unique onsen-inns and shops will provide an extraordinary time. Various sightseeing spots are nearby.

Onogawa onsen offers a deeply authentic experience. Enjoy the incredibly mindful and relaxing pastime.


onogawa photo
onogawa photo


  • Address

    Onogawa, Yonezawa city, Yamagata pref.

  • Access

    ●by bus: about 25 minutes ride from Yonezawa Station
    ●by car: 25 minutes drive from the Yonezawa Chuo interchange off the Tohoku Chuo Expressway

  • Parking


  • Remarks

    2 hot spring sources,13 accommodations, 1200 can be accomodated

  • A day trip bathing spots

    Ama-yu, Taki-yu

  • Feature

    83 degrees celsius 100% natural hot spring

  • Contained minerals

    sulfur, sodium, calcium, chloride

  • Effective for

    arthralgia, neuralgia, atopic eczema, skin ailments, chronic digestive diseases, women’s diseases, stiff shoulders, recovery from illness



2500 Onogawamachi, Yonezawa-shi, Yamagata-ken 992-0076 Japan