Akiu Onsen

Akiu Onsen, Sendai: Address, Phone Number, Akiu Onsen Reviews: 4/5

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SarahAHA121
By SarahAHA121
So far, with rare scheduled bus to go, onsen resort center that not recommend for one-day walking trip
Jan 2018
Surprisingly so few scheduled bus from Ayashi train station, so when I missed the first (and believed to be last) morning bus, I decided to walk so very very far distant (around 15km) so cold on powder snow along the highway down to this Akiu town (please do not follow me like this because I saw no one did that. Please take a bus or taxi for your enjoying trip) This town was so countryside, did not have many stores/restaurants nearby that could be reach by normal walk. I could said it was the town full of hotel and ryokan with public onsen service in daytime (please check the available time and date from the tourist center first, during winter new year there were many ryokan close their onsen service so early) The only main natural attraction I could reach by walk (except the fall that so far away that could go only by bus, of course.) was the high cliff with narrow stream below beside the main small bridge that you could go down to trail along, or just take a photo with heart shape pattern cliff beside the bridge that believed to give blessing to couple to be lucky in marriage. I went to the onsen service in one of the hotel on the high hill (so tiring to walk and climb, and dangerous in the dark night, so I really recommended to drive a car!) The open-air onsen there was so big and beautiful, even the water was so alkaline aroma with white cloudy water. The most surprisingly that there were many schedule bus to go back directly to Sendai (every hour, up to 20.00pm I guess) so I would check again if I would like to go back that if there were many hourly bus to Akiu directly from Sendai bus stop also?

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Philip Witriol
London, UK538 contributions
Gorge on the views
Nov 2018 • Couples
Nice location and plenty of hotels to choose from. Some provide a courtesy bus from Sendai station even if you're just a day visitor.
Written November 8, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

SarahAHA121
Bangkok, Thailand287 contributions
So far, with rare scheduled bus to go, onsen resort center that not recommend for one-day walking trip
Jan 2018 • Solo
Surprisingly so few scheduled bus from Ayashi train station, so when I missed the first (and believed to be last) morning bus, I decided to walk so very very far distant (around 15km) so cold on powder snow along the highway down to this Akiu town (please do not follow me like this because I saw no one did that. Please take a bus or taxi for your enjoying trip)

This town was so countryside, did not have many stores/restaurants nearby that could be reach by normal walk. I could said it was the town full of hotel and ryokan with public onsen service in daytime (please check the available time and date from the tourist center first, during winter new year there were many ryokan close their onsen service so early)

The only main natural attraction I could reach by walk (except the fall that so far away that could go only by bus, of course.) was the high cliff with narrow stream below beside the main small bridge that you could go down to trail along, or just take a photo with heart shape pattern cliff beside the bridge that believed to give blessing to couple to be lucky in marriage.

I went to the onsen service in one of the hotel on the high hill (so tiring to walk and climb, and dangerous in the dark night, so I really recommended to drive a car!) The open-air onsen there was so big and beautiful, even the water was so alkaline aroma with white cloudy water.

The most surprisingly that there were many schedule bus to go back directly to Sendai (every hour, up to 20.00pm I guess) so I would check again if I would like to go back that if there were many hourly bus to Akiu directly from Sendai bus stop also?
Written January 21, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Louise D
Elizabethtown, PA135 contributions
Sublime traditional Japanese hotel and hot spring
Dec 2017 • Couples
Our visit to the Akiu Onsen was part of our son's wedding celebration. We were a large party of both families - one American, one Japanese. Our Japanese hosts had arranged for our stay and it was breath taking! We had 2 large traditional Japanese communal rooms reserved on the top floor. So we got to ride the wonderful elevator to the top floor - overlooking the grounds and gardens. The Akiu is perched on a mountainside and is a true traditional hot spring. The communal rooms was enormous. A huge spacious sink, bath and toilet area. The sleeping room was sprawling and the futons divine. The Onsen entry is located in what is called the "basement" but do not be deceived. It is not what a western person would consider a basement. It is simply the lowest level of the hotel - which sits at the level of the hot mountain spring itself. The banquet/restaurant hall is also located on this level. The Onsen was beyond words. It was my first experience at an Onsen and there are strict codes of conduct for using an Onsen. Not being completely sure of each rule, I decided to ask for help by simply entering and politely asking for assistance from some of the other guests. They were each more then happy to explain where and how I needed to disrobe, the location and procedure for washing before entering the Onsen and how to bath in the Onsen. I was a pro within minutes and it was a magnificently relaxing and rejuvenating experience that I highly recommend if you are afraid or timid about trying an Onsen. The food at Akiu is also amazing. The banquet has all types of food and it is exquisite. Overall you will not go wrong at Akiu - it is a Japanese gem!!!
Written December 22, 2017
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aneles
tokyo44 contributions
Sweet onsen town
Dec 2016 • Couples
Close in, technically Sendai, good water. Used the public bath for 300 yen, very local style. Also stayed in a bigger hotel with good views.
Written December 19, 2016
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Greenhakka
Sendai, Japan7 contributions
Akiu: From a local resident
Jun 2016 • Solo
I live in Sendai and have been going to onsens in Miyagi for 15 years. Akiu is the closest onsen resort to my home. It takes about 20 minutes by car from Sendai. There are numerous hotels to choose from and range in price from 500 yen (Banji) to over 2000 yen. Most hotels are using 100% pure onsen water, but not all. Just ask at the front desk!
It may seem rude, but each hot spring hotel must detail the minerals inside the changerooms.
Written August 15, 2016
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MyAngel037
Bonsall, CA69 contributions
Day trip: spring 2012
Dec 2014 • Friends
A friend treated my sister and me to an evening here. My goodness, was it lush and beautiful. You are provided with slippers and there complimentary water and Popsicles, as I recall. The changing facilities (locker rooms) were nice as well as the places to rinse/wash. These facilities provided us with shampoo, conditioner, body wash, toner, etc. Not very private, but gender seperate so what's the need for being hidden? The facilities were half indoors and half out doors. The past that was outside seemed to be on the edge of wilderness, which is really what made the experience for me. It was one of the best treats of our trip. The gift shop had some amazing goodies as well. Brought some home as omiyage for Co-workers. I would go back in a heartbeat, but I'd stay a while longer... like two days! Just to soak in the benefits such a relaxing space.
Written November 17, 2015
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Joey Le
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam83 contributions
I'm so thankful that I found this place
Nov 2013 • Friends
Akiu Onsen was not in my itinerary. I just wanted to book an onsen package and the Travel Office at Sendai Station suggested this to me. The package includes everything: transportation (bus to and from station to hotel), the hotel with very nice onsen experience, delicious meals (dinner, breakfast and lunch), beautiful garden to walk and enjoy autumn colors. I stayed at Ryokusuitei and really fell in love with the room, the view, the scene, and especially the outside pool there.
Written June 15, 2014
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Agent226
Toronto, Canada1,166 contributions
Nice onsen and easy to get to
It's quite close to Sendai city, but still very nice. There are many hotels that have onsens. The best way to get there is by train. You can book a hotel & train package at Sendai station.
Written November 17, 2010
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