Jisuibu is a gem. You feel like you are going back in time due to the nature of the building- wood, paper screen doors, narrow halls, maze like layout. You get access to 5 different baths (for ladies at least), 2 of which are outside baths, and 1 more with windows that open to the river depending on the time of year (usually closed in the winter). I've stayed several times and I love it. Jisuibu has a restaurant you can eat at, or you can cook your own food in the shared kitchen. We usually do a potluck or make curry. They will charge you a little extra to plug in a rice cooker (about 100 yen?) but this is fine when you consider how cheap it is. (The hotel next door is about 5 times the price at best.) Rooms have a safe, a fridge and a kotatsu or heater, but no locks on the doors. If you are a light sleeper you might have a tough time of it since the floor are very creaky and the walls/doors very thin.
The mixed onsen is really famous, and hosts Konsei Matsuri (penis festival) on April 29th (check it out if you can!). It has ladies only time from 8pm to 9pm, though this seems to increase the number of creepy men happening to walk by on the bridge/across the river so I recommend going during mixed time. Although you are not supposed to put your towel in the water, women tend to be given a pass. There is also a separate change room for women so you don't have to undress in front of everyone. (Make sure you go to one of the baths with a shower before going to the mixed since there is no place to wash at the mixed one.)
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- Osawaonsen Jisuibu Hanamaki, Japan - Iwate