Nangai Furusatokan

Ample in hot spring water, the baths are said to relieve a number of symptoms including anxiety, muscle and joint pain. As well as accommodation, inside the facility is a sauna, restaurant and on Sundays a fresh vegetable and pickle market. The nearby Fudo Waterfall Park has a relaxing forest walk and waterfall.

Access: 30 minutes by car from Omagari Station & 15 minutes from Akita Expressway Omagari IC

  • TIME / HOURS
  • Day Guests: 09:00–21:00
    Closed Tuesdays
  • LOCATION
  • 44-2 Matsukida, Nangai

Shiki no Yu

With a direct hot spring rich in calcium and sodium sulphate, the baths relieve anxiety, stress, as well as muscle, joint and shoulder pain. Hospitality and relaxation are the focus of this onsen accommodation, boasting a carefully crafted menu of seasonal wild vegetables and local cuisines.

20 minutes by car from Ugo-Sakai Station & 25 minutes from Akita Expressway Kyowa IC

  • TIME / HOURS
  • Day Guests: 09:00–21:00
    Check-in: 16:00
    Check-out: 10:00
  • LOCATION
  • 214 Shonai, Kyowa Funaoka

Saku no Yu

With a chiefly wooden construction, elements from the nearby Hotta no Saku can be seen in the design of this onsen accommodation. The natural hot spring is said to relieve fatigue, and the neighbouring Mochi and Mizuho Houses contain a number of rice cake displays and offer insight into the area’s history and agriculture.

Access: 15 minutes by car from Omagari Station & 20 minutes from Akita Expressway Omagari IC

  • TIME / HOURS
  • Day Guests: 07:00–21:00
    Closed every third Tuesday
  • LOCATION
  • 149 Hitotsumori, Itaminai

Shiroheikan

This reasonably priced and peaceful onsen accommodation has a direct sulphate hot spring, said to be effective on joint pain, high blood pressure, gout and hardened arteries. The popular restaurant menu is carefully prepared with local produce and wild vegetables.

Access: 15 minutes by car from Ugo-Sakai Station & 25 minutes from Akita Expressway Kyowa IC

  • TIME / HOURS
  • Day Guests: 09:00–20:30
    Closed second and fourth Thursdays
  • LOCATION
  • 39 Nakashonai Michinoshita, Kyowa Funaoka

Shintokan

The volcanic salt hot spring is known to be effective for anxiety, joint pain, circulation problems and other ailments. At only ¥150, the entrance fee is good value.

Access: 25 minutes by car from Omagari Station &15 minutes from Akita Expressway Omagari IC

  • TIME / HOURS
  • Day Guests: 15:00–20:00
  • LOCATION
  • 72-3 Yugamidai, Nangai

Iwakura Onsen

The 300-year-old onsen at Iwakura boasts freshness and purity, so much so that the water is drinkable. Properties of the baths prevent dizziness from heat, improve skin elasticity, reduce hayfever symptoms, clear sinuses and help with getting a sound sleep.

  • TIME / HOURS
  • Day Guests: 10:00–19:00
  • LOCATION
  • 1 Yumoto, Nangai

Yumeria

This mountainside onsen accommodation has panoramic views of the stretching rice fields, known for its local grilled shellfish and soba dishes. Along with the onsen, Yumeria features a heated pool, Japanese, Western and detached cottage style rooms.

5 minutes by car from Kariwano Station & 15 minutes from Akita Expressway Nishi-Semboku Smart IC

  • TIME / HOURS
  • Day Guests: 10:00–21:30
    Check-in: 16:00
    Check-out: 10:00
  • LOCATION
  • 5-4 Yamakitanosawa, Kariwano

Shōhōen

Designated as a National Tangible Cultural Property, this award-winning ryokan accommodation was once the Oyamada residence, a distinguished farming family in the Kowakubi district. The structure retains the historical Taisho period atmosphere with original architecture, while the interior has been thoughtfully and luxuriously refurbished. Local river crab is a popular item on the menu.

Access: 15 minutes by car from Akita Airport, 7 minutes from Akita Expressway Nishi-Semboku Smart IC

  • TIME / HOURS
  • Day Guests: 11:00–15:00
    Check-in: 15:00
    Check-out: 10:00
  • LOCATION
  • 268 Kowakubi, Kowakubi

Ousanso

With natural hot spring water from the Ou Ranges, Ousanso is an ideal spot to relax and take in the four seasons. On the grounds, there are two additional separate dwellings available to stay in, the reconstructed traditional farmhouse, Akamatsu; and the pet-friendly Japanese cottage, Momiji. The restaurant’s specialities are wild vegetables hand-picked by the head chef, and a variety of mushroom dishes. Nearby are a number of outdoor activities and a ski slope.

Access: 30 minutes by car from Omagari Station & 35 minutes from Akita Expressway Omagari IC

  • TIME / HOURS
  • Day Guests: 08:00–22:00
    Check-in: 15:00–21:00
    Check-out: 10:00
  • LOCATION
  • 10-5 Sogyo Oyachi, Otacho, Ota

Dake no Yu

Known for its natural hot spring water with spacious outdoor and Austrian radium ore baths along the old Route 13. Dake Dome provides relaxing accommodation and is an ideal space to unwind at after using the recreation facilities at the adjacent indoor grass arena and pool, Dake Dome.

Access: 15 minutes on foot from Jinguji Station or 20 minutes by car from Akita Expressway Omagari IC

  • TIME / HOURS
  • Day Guests: 09:00–16:00
    Check-in: 16:30–21:00
    Check-out: 09:30
  • LOCATION
  • 86-1 Shitagawara Maebiraki, Jinguji