Steaming Hot Springs and Stunning Fall Colors!

Envelop Yourself in Autumn Grandeur at an Outdoor Hot Spring (Miyagi Prefecture)

Akiu hot spring village – Kagaribi no Yu Ryokusuitei

In the Akiu hot spring village, located in the outskirts of Sendai City in Miyagi Prefecture, you’ll find Ryokusuitei. You can enjoy the full pageantry of autumn from Ryokusuitei’s open-air bath, known as a “rotenburo”. Situated in a separate area of the grounds from the main indoor bath, the rotenburo is encompassed on all sides by natural beauty. In the autumn, your eyes are filled with a palette of fall colors in the rotenburo, and also in the expansive garden elsewhere on the grounds.

Akiu hot spring village – Kagaribi no Yu Ryokusuitei

[Address] 27-2 Uehara, Akiu-machi Yumoto, Taihaku-ku, Sendai-shi, Miyagi Prefecture

[Getting There] 30 minutes by car from JR Sendai station. Free shuttle bus available from Sendai station east exit

The best time for fall colors: From mid-October to early November.

Visit a Popular Outdoor Hot Spring by Cable Car (Tokushima Prefecture)

Amidst fall colors, a cable car descends to the outdoor bath
Amidst fall colors, a cable car descends to the outdoor bath

Did you know that in Tokushima Prefecture on the island of Shikoku there’s a famous hot spring reached by cable car? From the elevated Hotel Iya Onsen facility, guests descend into a scenic valley by cable car. The 170m (557 ft) ride to the rotenburo takes approximately five minutes, offering guests a panoramic view of the ravine and 42-degree escarpment.

The rotenburo juts out over the Iya River, creating the perfect perch to appreciate the colors of autumn. For an even more luxurious sensory experience, relax in the “Yamagiri no Yu” private rotenburo as the river burbles past.

Japanese rooms with a modern feel offer scenic views
Japanese rooms with a modern feel offer scenic views

The quality of Hotel Iya Onsen’s accommodations and its stunning natural setting make it a second-to-none option for your fall vacation plans.

Hotel Iya Onsen

[Address] 367-28 Matsuo Matsumoto Ikeda-cho Miyoshi city Tokushima Prefecture

[Getting There] Take the JR Dosan line to Oboke station, followed by a 30-minute taxi ride. Or take the local bus bound for “Kazurabashi via Deai” and get off at “Iya Onsen Mae” bus stop. Takes approximately 55 minutes. For guests staying overnight, a shuttle from the station can be arranged.

The best time for fall colors: From early November to late November.

Witness the Magnificence of Kurobe Gorge in the Fall (Toyama Prefecture)

Unazukionsen hot springs – Hotel Togen

Cutting through Japan’s 3,000m (9,800-foot) Northern Alps is the ever-popular Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route mountain sightseeing pass, which draws tourists from overseas and across Japan. Located on the Toyama Prefecture side are the Unazukionsen hot springs, providing multiple accommodation options. Soak in healing hot waters as you take in the colors of autumn.

From the rooms of Hotel Togen, guests can behold the Kurobe mountains and Kurobe River. A rotenburo with a clear view of the river as well as private baths are some of the hot spring options available here. Unazukionsen Enraku and Hotel Kurobe are other good accommodation options in the area for hot spring and fall color enjoyment. The Northern Alps are affectionately called the “roof of Japan”. The hot springs located in its valleys offer an unmatched combination of relaxation and dynamic natural scenery.

Unazukionsen hot springs – Enraku
Unazukionsen hot springs – Enraku
Unazukionsen hot springs – Hotel Kurobe
Unazukionsen hot springs – Hotel Kurobe

Unazukionsen hot springs – Hotel Togen

[Address] 22-1 Unazuki-onsen Kurobe-shi, Toyama Prefecture

[Getting There] Five minutes on foot from Unazuki Onsen station on the Toyama Chiho Railway

The best time for fall colors: from mid-October to early November

Unazukionsen hot springs – Enraku

[Address] 347-1 Unazukionsen, Kurobe-shi, Toyama Prefecture

[Getting There] Seven minutes on foot from Unazuki Onsen station on the Toyama Chiho Railway

The best time for fall colors: from mid-October to early November

Unazukionsen hot springs – Hotel Kurobe

[Address] 7 Unazukionsen, Kurobe-shi, Toyama Prefecture

[Getting There] Five minutes by taxi from Unazuki Onsen station on the Toyama Chiho Railway

The best time for fall colors: from mid-October to early November

The beauty of Japanese autumn. Delight in the combination of hot spring relaxation and fall colors!