With a history that spans more than 300 years, Tsurunoyu Onsen is the oldest and most famous of the 7-hotspring ryokan in the Nyuto Hotspring Village (aka Nyuto Onsen-kyo), in Towada-Hachimantai National Park at the heart of Mount Nyuto. The area is well known for its traditional rustic hotspring baths and accommodations offered by the likes of Tsurunoyu, Magoroku, Ganiba, and Kuroyu.
Tsurunoyu Onsen was used by the Akita feudal lord, and its thatched roof guests’ lodges, dating back to the Edo Period (1603-1867), were previously used by his samurai guards. Some of the rooms come with an irori fireplace providing a glimpse of a past era.
There are nine baths with different mineral compositions. The most iconic in the region is its large milky Konyoku rotenburo. In winter, the slopes around the rotenburo are covered in thick snow. In the rotenburo do not be surprised if you feel the hotspring water spouting from spots in the ground. Move around in the bath to choose your preferred spot / water temperature and enjoy! :p
For Tsurunoyu Onsen, the authenticity of the hotspring water is of no concern for me as I can see the beautiful pattern created by the mineral deposits (like a piece of art!) on the wood and feel it on my skin after a bath!
To fully experience the rotenburo, try out the water at different times of the day. I particularly like to take a soak in the bright and cheery morning sun, and the mysterious misty soak at dusk is a must. The night soak lends more privacy for couples and is really romantic. The afternoons will be great for sun lovers or those who simply love the bright daylight, but be prepared for day trippers, who are generally harmless; they are just curious and want to take a peek. :p
Psst! I was told that the correct way to take full advantage of the therapeutic qualities offered by the hotspring water, one should just wipe the body dry and not wash it off immediately after a bath. The exception would be acidic waters like Tamagawa Onsen which must be washed off immediately after a bath. 🙂
Ciao for now!
Address : 50 Kokuyurin Sendatsuizawa Tazawa Aza Senboku-shi Akita-ken
50 田沢湖田沢先達沢国有林, Senboku, Akita Prefecture 014-1204, Japan
Phone : +81 187-46-2139
Website : http://www.tsurunoyu.com/english.html