銀山温泉

( Ginzan Onsen )

Ginzan Onsen (銀山温泉) is an onsen (hot spring) area in Obanazawa, Yamagata Prefecture, Japan. Its name means "silver mine hot spring". Ginzan Onsen's economy grew due to silver mining and production and eventually transitioned to tourism when it opened dozens of hot spring resorts and ryokan along the central river that runs through the town. The mountains that surround this town yield rich hot spring water that is used both in the private hotels and public baths in the city center.

The center of town is a pedestrian-only district. After nightfall, the bridges and streets are lit by gaslight. In the winter Ginzan Onsen receives heavy snow. On the far side of town a 22-foot waterfall, Shirogane-no-Taki Falls, emerges from the mountains not far from the old silver mine, Nobesawa Ginzan. Internationally, this town saw a sharp rise in foreign tourism thanks to the famous snow-covered sights in the winter. There are no modern buildings within the town, the archit...Read more

Ginzan Onsen (銀山温泉) is an onsen (hot spring) area in Obanazawa, Yamagata Prefecture, Japan. Its name means "silver mine hot spring". Ginzan Onsen's economy grew due to silver mining and production and eventually transitioned to tourism when it opened dozens of hot spring resorts and ryokan along the central river that runs through the town. The mountains that surround this town yield rich hot spring water that is used both in the private hotels and public baths in the city center.

The center of town is a pedestrian-only district. After nightfall, the bridges and streets are lit by gaslight. In the winter Ginzan Onsen receives heavy snow. On the far side of town a 22-foot waterfall, Shirogane-no-Taki Falls, emerges from the mountains not far from the old silver mine, Nobesawa Ginzan. Internationally, this town saw a sharp rise in foreign tourism thanks to the famous snow-covered sights in the winter. There are no modern buildings within the town, the architecture is constructed from bare timber framing and white plaster, that were built during the Taisho Era (1912-1926).

There are two secluded public bathhouses (rotenburo), one of which was designed by Kuma Kengo, and a foot bath (warashiyu). Additionally some of the local ryokan permit non-lodging guests to use their indoor hot spring baths. There is a doukutsu (cave hot spring) at one of the establishments in town.

The hot springs were first discovered 500 years ago by miners working in the nearby silver mines.[1] The Onsen town was founded more than 400 years ago.[2] When silver production waned toward the end of the 17th-century, use of the hot springs declined. Later, in the early 20th century, tourism flourished in the onsen town, and several wooden ryokan, some of them multiple-storeied, were built along the banks of the Ginzan River that flows through town.[1][3]

Ginzan Onsen became nationally famous as it was featured in the popular television drama Oshin, and in the film, Spirited Away.[3] Each year this onsen village sees hundreds of thousands of domestic Japanese visitors.[citation needed]

Fossils from the Miocene era have been found in the vicinity.[3]

^ a b "Soaking in History at Ginzan Hot Springs". Nippon: Your Doorway to Japan. 7 February 2019. Retrieved 11 March 2023. ^ Cite error: The named reference HJ was invoked but never defined (see the help page). ^ a b c "The Marvelous and Quaint Ginzan Onsen". Yabai. 14 June 2018. Retrieved 11 March 2023.
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