Tsurunoyu Onsen is hidden onsen. We went during the winter which made it even more hidden as it snowed like there was no tomorrow. Almost the entire facility is made of wood and stones.
The open air mixed bath was lovely. I love the little huts and the onsen's architecture. It was snowing thus the water became lukewarm. This was fine as I derived great satisfaction from running naked in the cold from the changing room into the water. The management does pump in reheated water. The locals introduced me to a spot were the hot spring water comes up from the ground thus do lookout for that area if the bath is lukewarm from all the snow.
The room is so-so but then again, this is a level 9999 hidden onsen thus a modern room would be out of place. Or maybe that is because I got the cheaper/affordable room. Nothing beats soaking in the onsen in the middle of the night as I experienced the moon, stars, the snow falling onto your face and nature at a go. I got lucky as there were not many overnight guests when I visited Tsurunoyu early April 2012.
Their showers all require squatting while you clean yourselves. You might need to queue for the shower heads if there are many guests (1 shower head per shower room...I was only shown 2 shower rooms for the entire facility). There were other baths in the facility too; two are beside the mixed bath and the other two are with the showers.
Females have an additional female-only bath and from what I heard from my partner, the view and atmosphere in the female-only bath is better than the mixed bath. The mixed bath has milky water so that helps in concealing your modesty and females can enter the mixed bath from another entrance which allows them to be in the water long before anyone else can see you.
- Also Known As:
- Tsurunoyu Onsen Hotel Semboku
- Tsurunoyu Onsen Japan/Akita Prefecture