Ginzan Onsen, whose name translates to silver mountain hot spring because of its history as a silver mine, is one of the most popular onsen towns in Japan and can be found in Tohoku, Yamagata Prefecture.
Ginzan Onsen’s old-world atmosphere
The town’s main architecture reflects the aesthetic of the Taisho period (1912 - 1926) to the early Showa period (1926 - 1989); its traditional feel is perfect for those looking for a more immersive, away-from-the-city experience. Its wooden buildings — some over a hundred years old — are lined beside the Ginzan river, creating a picturesque view.
As soon as the sun sets, the gas-lit street lamps make the town glow with warmth and lend the place a romantic, charming appeal.
But aside from its mesmerising old-world atmosphere, Ginzan Onsen is also home to several must-try food items that hungry onsen-goers simply have to take a bite of. Read on to find out more.
1. Ginzan onsen tofu
The tofu is freshly made daily and has a light and soft texture and a rich flavour. The shop that sells the tofu opens at 7:30AM, but make sure you line up early because the shop closes as soon as its supply for the day runs out.