In the feudal years, this onsen catered mainly to samurais of the Aizu domain as a place of thermotherapy. But now, this attracts the locals and tourists taking advantage of the proximity to the heart of Aizu City, just 3 kilometers away from there. About 20 accommodations with hot spring baths, traditional ryokans and western-style hotels, are standing along the Yukawa River, literally meaning a river of hot water. Historic ryokans like “Shintaki”, originated from a villa of the feudal lord of the Aizu domain, and “Mukaitaki”, the former accommodation for a hot spring cure once officially recognized by the Aizu domain, still found in the resort area. The picture shows Mukaitaki ryokan by the Yukawa River. This type of a traditional wooden ryokan recently tends to be popular among young Japanese tourists.
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