2015年11月02日

'Ginzan-onsen' hot spring resort in Obanazawa City, Yamagata Prefecture, became to be known nationwide as 'Oshin', which is a well known TV drama in Japan, was set here.

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This hot spring resort dates back to the 17th century, when the workmen for a silver mine, 'ginzan' in Japanese, found hot springs gushing out from the stream in the center of the first picture. After that, this place became a secluded hot spring resort though, all the facilities were washed away by a big flood in 1913.
Present townscape as shown in the pictures were formed patoronized by a local business community right after the disaster. Most ryokans are three or four-storied wooden building with balconies. Many lovely bridges span the stream and gas lamps are lit in the night. 'Kote-e' relief of pictures on the plaster walls of the major ryokans, as shown in the second picture, are worth seeing too. This unique and nostalgic scene is a main attraction of this resort, which draws many people throughout Japan in all seasons.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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