Enjoy a Bath While Gazing at Beautiful Nature! 5 Accommodations with Open-Air Baths in Iwate
Onsen (hot springs) are one of the biggest pleasures of traveling. In Iwate, there are plenty of hot springs accessible from Morioka Station, a shinkansen (bullet train) station. Here are some inns with open-air baths where you can enjoy natural scenery while you soak.
1. Hotel Morinokaze Oshuku
This is an onsen resort hotel in Shizukuishi, an area surrounded by nature. It's a popular 5-star hotel that's often featured in the media, and was included in the 100 Japanese Hotels and Ryokan Chosen by Professionals. Their open-air bath has a great view of famous mountains. You can also bathe at night, beneath the starry night sky in the clear air. There's also a luxurious guestroom with a private open-air bath. You can enjoy the natural hot spring all by yourself! There's also a large public bath and a private bath so you can enjoy trying out different baths.
2. Yusen Shidate
This is a popular ryokan (traditional inn) between a lush forest and a mountain stream. There are 28 guestrooms with their own open-air baths, so you can enjoy the picturesque nature 24 hours a day. There's also a large garden open-air bath with different water than those in the guest room, so you can enjoy water from a well with more than 1,300 years of history. Please satisfy yourself by bathing in a bath where you can feel the nature of the mountains while listening to the babbling of the river.
3. Bessou Kakei
This is a ryokan in Morioka, a city blessed with verdant nature that once flourished as a historical castle town. It's on high ground, so it has a great location with a view of a lake and mountains. The ryokan's premises measure 23,000 square meters and there's no other facilities or houses within 500m of it. However, there are only 6 guestrooms within these large grounds. All of them are suite rooms that are completely separated from each other, and they come with their own private rock bath and indoor bath with a view. You can enjoy a beautiful view and a bath in your own private space. All of the guestrooms have free Wi-Fi.
This is a ryokan in the famous Hanamaki Onsen area. The open-air bath is made with aromatic cypress, so you can enjoy a bath gazing out at the verdant nature all year round. The water has a pH of 9.0 so it's alkaline, and is famous for being a bath that promotes beautiful skin. Something to look forward to after your bath is the gorgeous Japanese food. You can enjoy Iwate's Maesawa beef, Hakkin pork, and other regional ingredients. There are 8 types of rooms, including Japanese rooms and rooms with beds. There are also luxury rooms with private hot spring baths. There are English-speaking staff.
If you want to stay in the World Heritage Site of Hiraizumi, this is the recommended place to stay! It's 5km away from the famous temple Chusonji in the mountains, so you can spend a comfortable and quiet time. The hot spring wells up from 500m underground, and it is known for making skin soft and supple. You can soak in the open-air bath while enjoying the view of nature until all the tiredness from your trip melts away. You can enjoy the food here made with regional ingredients from around the prefecture like vegetables and rice, and the chewy handmade soba noodles made with the clean water of the area. The entire facility has free Wi-Fi available.
Iwate is a popular sightseeing area filled with nature and traditional culture. After you go around various spots, please relax in an onsen until your travel exhaustion has disappeared.
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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