Tsurunoyu Onsen in Winter

A snow-covered hot spring village

By Justin Velgus    - 1 min read

Tsurunoyu (literally Crane's Bath) is the oldest and most famous hot spring resort in the hot spring resort villages of Nyuto Onsen. With its wooden buildings and mountain setting, it could be enjoyed any season. Still, the charm winter brings can not be beat. Those few moments your body is numbed by cold just make your soothing warm hot bath that much more pleasurable. There is even a konyoku mixed-gender bath outside. Socializing and relaxing under the gently falling snow with locals and travelers has been one of my best memories during my travels around the rugged North.

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Justin Velgus

Justin Velgus @justin.velgus

Justin Velgus (ジャスティン ベルガス) is the Miyagi Prefecture Partner for Japan Travel and a longterm contributor since 2012 with a focus on the Tohoku region.  Justin has written extensively for JT, and other publications such as VisitMiyagi and Sake Today, amassing over 350 published articles introducing the travel and culture of the region. Justin's wealth of experience and knowledge comes from studying in Akita, teaching English in Miyagi through the JET Program, and promoting sake overseas for the government of Fukushima. Now Justin helps with inbound tourism and regional promotion while also enjoying his role as a volunteer tour guide in Sendai, the gyutan capital of the world.