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Miyagi Naruko Onsen | Rejuvenating Baths

Miyagi Naruko Onsen | Rejuvenating Baths

Naruko Onsen is a classic Japanese hot spring spa village located in the hills of northern Japan of Tohoku Region. It is known for the restorative effects of its fine waters which contain all sorts of different, beneficial minerals: sulfur, which relieves hardened arteries and high blood pressure and leaves the skin feeling smooth, and alkaline salts that help remedy skin diseases and have been celebrated for over 1000 years. Naruko Valley is a large ravine formed by the Oya-gawa River, a tributary of the Eai-gawa River that flows through Naruko-Onsen. There are some nice walking trails along the valley and a spectacular bridge crossing the gorge. Nearby is Lake Kata-numa, a crater lake which changes color with the sunlight. It is particularly stunning in autumn when the leaves turn golden and orange.


Miyagi Traditional Wooden Kokeshi Dolls

Miyagi Traditional Wooden Kokeshi Dolls

In winter, Onikobe Ski Resort provides ample opportunities for people to enjoy a number of popular winter sports. Naruko-Onsen is also the place to find traditional wooden Kokeshi dolls which dates back 350 years. The Japan Kokeshi Centre contains about 7,000 Kokeshi dolls, which are notable for their elegant features and bright colours. For a small fee, the Kokeshi museum offers guests the chance to paint their own Kokeshi dolls. A stay here normally includes lovely meals at your Japanese style ryokan, plenty of time to soak in the rejuvenating baths and scenic walks in the countryside.

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