About Akiu Hot-Springs
Located at the upper reaches of the Natori-gawa River in Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan, Akiu Onsen is a hot spring town that can be called the “Sendai Suburban Hot Spring Village”. The spring is a sodium-calcium chloride spring that is effective in treating rheumatism, neuralgia, trauma, skin diseases, anemia and gynecological diseases.
It is said that Akiu Onsen was developed during the reign of Emperor Kinmei (531-571) when the Emperor, who was suffering from smallpox, ordered the hot spring water to be transported to the capital, and the smallpox disappeared after several baths. “In ancient times, Akiu Onsen was often called “Meitori Onsen”, and together with Arima and Dogo Onsen, it was one of the “Three Great Onsen of Japan”. During the feudal era, there was also a hot spring bath for the Date Family (a famous Japanese samurai family).
Akiu Onsen is conveniently located near the famous Rairai Gorge, Akiu Craft Village, Tenshukaku Castle Tower Park and other tourist attractions. Visitors can enjoy the perfect view and then take a relaxing dip in the Akiu Onsen hot spring.
How to get there
(1)55 minutes by bus from JR Sendai Station West Exit Bus Pool (Miyagi Kotsu Bus bound for Akiu Onsen, alight at “Akiu Onsen Yumoto”)
(2)30 minutes by bus from JR Sendai Station West Exit Bus Pool (Sendai Seibu Liner bound for Kawasakimachi, alighting at Akiu-Sato Center, etc.)
(3)15 minutes by bus from Aiko Station on the JR Senzan Line (Sendai City Bus bound for Akiu/Nikuchi, alight at “Akiu/Sato Center”)
(4)15 minutes by car from the Sendai-Minami IC of Tohoku Expressway
It is still a good place to visit no matter how many times you come here.
The last time I was here, I ended up going to Akiu Onsen and then Akiu Great Falls,
This time, I had carefully planned to visit a cafe, winery, and ohagi (rice cakes).
But we were all wiped out because of the New Year holidays…
But we were all lost due to the New Year holidays… But the scenic spots are closed, aren’t they? We went to Akiu Great Falls and Leidakyo Gorge in a stormy wind and light snow.
No, it was really too cold. My ears were frostbitten.
After all that, we went to a hot spring. It was really great.
I always stay at Hananoyu, but now that I call myself a hot spring expert, I can once again confirm the quality of the hot spring water here.
The quality of the hot spring water and the scenery are just as one would expect from the backwaters of Sendai.
It is a favorite hot spring resort that I want to visit again and again.