Iizaka Onsen

Iizaka Onsen

Fukushima City's Iizaka Onsen has been used as an onsen town for over 1,000 years, and has been visited by legendary figures in Japanese literature such as Matsuo Basho (1644-1694), the master of haiku poems. Locals in Iizaka Onsen pride themselves on the well-known Japanese phrase “Beppu in the West; Iizaka in the East”, which refers to the best onsen towns in Japan.

The Surikami River that passes through the town is lined on either side by 9 high-rise ryokan (Japanese-style inns). More ryokan can be found scattered about Iizaka Onsen. The town is also dotted with a number of communal baths and public foot baths.

Some of Iizaka Onsen’s most well-loved local foods include include Enban Gyoza and soft-boiled eggs known as Onsen Tamago.

Iizaka Onsen is also close to sightseeing spots such as Hanamomo no Sato, the Fruit Line, and Nakano Fudoson Temple.

Venue Details

Venue Details
Websitehttps://iizaka.info/
Contact

Iizaka Onsen Tourism Association

(+81) 24-542-4241

Best SeasonAll Year
Access Details
AccessIizaka-machi, Fukushima City, Fukushima Pref.
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Getting there

By Car: 10 min from the Iizaka Onsen I.C. exit off the Tohoku Expressway

By Train: Iizaka Onsen Station can be accessed via the Fukushima Kotsu Iizaka Line from Fukushima Station in 20 min.

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