The word ‘onsen’ in Japanese means hot spring. As one of the most tectonically active countries in the world, Japan is blessed with thousands of hot springs. Whilst having relatively little seismic activity of the 47 prefectures in Japan, Aomori is known to have the most hot springs per capita. It is extremely popular with people of all ages- singles, couples, families and retirees can all enjoy a visit to the hot springs. These visits are mostly for relaxation and socialising, but there is another reason for their incredible popularity: the health benefits. Not only the heat, but because of the various salts and minerals that have soaked into the water underground over hundreds, if not thousands of years, hot springs are believed to be beneficial for a myriad of ailments such as rheumatism, back pain, burns, irritated skin, and so forth. After a hard day of work (or sightseeing!) a relaxing dip in a hot spring is a great way to relieve stress and revitalise yourself ready for the next day ahead.
Most hot springs in Aomori require you to take your own towels, soaps and shampoos. If you don't have these on hand, most places have them available for purchase before entering.
Rokunohe Health Centre（六戸ヘルスセンター）
The Rokunohe Health Centre is not only a hot spring, but a hotel and restaurant (reservations required). The hot spring is renowned and loved as one of the hottest in the area. For those enjoying a meal, or staying as hotel guests, a special guests only bath may also be enjoyed. Bathing hours are 6am to 10pm.
Accommodation in the ryokan rooms is available with or without breakfast and dinner. Phone: 0176-55-3124
Rokunohe Hot Springs（六戸温泉）
Opening hours are 10am to 10pm. Pubic holidays and Sundays are from 8am. There are three baths, ranging from cold to hot.
Accommodation in the ryokan rooms is available with or without breakfast and dinner. Phone: 0176-55-2126
Takara-Yu Hot Springs（宝湯）
Takara-Yu is a cheap, old fashioned style Japanese public bath with a
traditional large tile wall mural. Opening hours are tailored for those
locals who like to have a refreshing bath before or after work. 6am to
10pm. Phone: 0176 55 2238
Aqua Therapy Mori-Land（アクアセラピー森ランド）
Recently fully refurbished, Mori-Land is located conveniently on the major
road through Rokunohe, Route 4. It contains a sauna, different temperature
baths, two outdoor baths and a 'Hiba' (Japanese Cypress) bath. The Hiba
bath is a traditionally made bathing room completely constructed from Japanese
Cypress to give off the wonderful natural fragrances of the wood. 6am to
10pm. Phone: 0176 70 0550
Komaki Hot Springs Aomori-ya（古牧温泉 青森屋）
The Komaki Onsen/ Aomori-ya hot spring and hotel complex is one of the most famous in Japan. Over a massive area of 730,000m2, facilities include three hotel buildings, gardens, restaurants, wedding and conference halls, as well as two separate hot springs. At full capacity, up to 1250 guests can be accommodated. Before or after enjoying the hot springs, which flow over 900Litres of water per minute, you can relax and soak up the atmosphere in the 'Jawamegu' open space. The new theme of Komaki Onsen is to 'Experience Aomori'. Museum like photography and item displays tell the history of the prefecture, while all year round, festival floats from Hirosaki, Aomori-City and Hachinohe can be viewed with their accompanying music and dances. Traditional gaming stalls and restaurants contribute to the festival atmosphere.
Entry to the hot spring also includes the use of body soap, shampoo and
conditioners. Phone: 0176 51 1111 → Web Homepage
Last updated 2013.04.01