Odate and the Ani-Moriyoshi area are packed with hot spring destinations that not many people know about. These hot spring, formerly frequented by mountain samurai, or matagi in Japanese, are the best way to soak your stress and pains away.
LIVE A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A HUNTER AT UTTOU HOT SPRING MATAGI-NO-YU
This accommodation offers a once-ina-lifetime chance to experience the life of a mountain samurai turned hunter from northern Japan, Matagi. Guests are introduced to aspects including the process of hunting, and then presented with a table of mouthwatering country dishes made using the freshest ingredients from nature. End your day with a dip in Uttou hot spring. Containing calcium and sodium, it is said to have several therapeutic effects, such as stress relief and muscle pain relief.
[Address] 67 Senbokuwatarimichikami, Aniuttou, Kitaakita city, Akita prefecture
[Web] www. mataginosato.com (Japanese)
HISTORY AND NOSTALGIA APLENTY AT TOWADA HOTEL
This 80-year-old hot spring hotel was constructed using quality cedar wood that creates a warm and cozy atmosphere. Located not far from Lake Towada, guests can stroll down the 2-kilometre long green trail to see the beautiful lake after checking in. The hotel is situated in a great location on the way to Oirase Stream and other popular tourist attractions in the Tohoku area.
[Address] Nishikohan, Towadako, Kosakamachi, Kazuno-gun, Akita prefecture
OUTSTANDING OUTDOOR BATH VIEWS AT YUKISAWA ONSEN SEIFUSOU
A 15-minute drive from central Odate City past the scenic Jukai Line will take you to Yukisawa Hot Spring, a small town with unbelievably beautiful mountain views. The sulphur spring contains sodium, calcium and many other minerals, and is the perfect choice for those who want to relieve stress and prevent coldness in the hands and feet. The outdoor hot spring, which offers an awesome view of Yukisawa Gorge, is not to be missed.
[Address] 29 Otaki, Yukisawa, Odate city, Akita prefecture
[Web] primenet2010.biz/seifusou/ (Japanese)