Matthew Shewchuk

Honzawa Onsen

Highest onsen in Japan

C. Rio   - 1 min read

Located in the South Yatsugatake Mountain Range on the East side, you can find the small Rotenburo (outdoor hot spring bath) of Honzawa Onsen nestled in a high river valley.  Sitting at 2150m, Honzawa Onsen is the highest Rotenburo in Japan. Being the highest, Honzawa is definitely not the most easily accessible or biggest onsen you can find. But when you sit in this 2 x 3 meter wooden box constructed on the side of a cliff, you`ll definitely appreciate the awesome backdrop. Despite the smell of the sulphuric murky water, this natural hot water bath is well deserved after the hike in.

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Based out of Minakami, where I work as a canyoning guide.  I love hiking and am always looking to the skies for good weather.