Ancient History of Iizaka Onsen

This historic resort has been around since the Jomon period, making it one of the oldest hot springs in Japan. Even Japanese royalty once enjoyed the therapeutic properties of its hot springs.


This is a recommended travel destination for those who:

  • Have visited Japan multiple times and are tired of popular tourist spots.
  • Want to experience the local Japanese lifestyle.
  • Enjoy the culture of public bathhouses and want to relax both physically and mentally.
  • Want to take a leisurely stroll in a small town.
  • Are looking for a tourist spot that can be enjoyed even during a short stay.

Iizaka Onsen is The hot springs in Fukushima

Today, Iizaka Onsen is a popular spot for both locals and tourists. With its nine communal baths and three footbaths, it’s easy to see why. The hot springs have a weak alkaline simple hot spring quality and are effective for various ailments such as muscle pain, joint pain, and digestive issues.

Among the communal baths in Iizaka Onsen, Sabakoyu (Sabako Bath) is particularly popular. Visitors can enjoy a hot natural spring with a high temperature at Saba-Koyu.

Sabako Bath

Adress32 Yuzawa, Iizaka-cho, Fukushima-shi, Fukushima 960-0201, Japan
Business hours6:00 to 22:00 (last entry at 21:40)
Closed onMondays (if the scheduled closing day falls on a national holiday, the facility will be open and closed the following day instead)
Admission feesAdults (12 years old and above): 200 yen
Children (1 year old to under 12 years old): 100 yen
Bathing tickets can be purchased at the automatic ticket machines at the entrance of the bathhouse.
sauce : https://www.iizaka-onsen.jp/sabakoyu

Iizaka Onsen offers delicious food at reasonable prices

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Iizaka Onsen offers unique Radon hot spring eggs.

But Iizaka Onsen is not just about the hot springs. It’s also a great place for foodies, offering delicious and reasonably priced gourmet options like 100 yen ($1) cakes and 300 yen ($3) bento boxes.

Additionally, Iizaka Onsen is known as the city of gyoza, and the large round gyoza cooked on a hot plate is a must-try specialty.


The specialties are large gyoza and ramen

When it comes to food, Iizaka Onsen has a lot to offer, including the famous Iizaka Ramen with thin, straight noodles and a unique flavor that varies from shop to shop.

There’s also Enban gyoza, which has a crispy and chewy texture and is served with a secret sauce offered by each shop. And for a taste of traditional Fukushima cuisine, try Ikaninjin, a simple but nutritious stew made by marinating carrots and dried squid in a soy sauce-based sauce.


Accessing by Shinkansen

To get to Iizaka Onsen, take the Tohoku Shinkansen from Tokyo or Sendai Station and transfer to the Fukushima Transportation Iizaka Line at Fukushima Station.

If you prefer driving, take the Tohoku Expressway and exit at Fukushima Iizaka IC. Direct buses are also available from Fukushima Station, and there’s a taxi option as well.

Since Iizaka Onsen has a small and retro atmosphere, it’s a great place to take a leisurely stroll and explore the area’s local shops and restaurants.


Choosing Between the Shinkansen and Bus: Consider Distance

If you are traveling from Tokyo to Iizaka Onsen in Fukushima, taking the Shinkansen or a bus is recommended. The Shinkansen is slightly more expensive but will get you to your destination in about three hours during the daytime. On the other hand, the bus takes longer than the Shinkansen but is more affordable. If traveling from places like Osaka, it is better to take the Shinkansen due to the longer distance.

An Affordable and Convenient Option: Why Overnight Bus Travel Can Be a Great Choice

The author’s recommendation is taking an overnight bus. It is a reasonable option, with prices starting from 4,500 yen, and allows travelers to move while they sleep.

The seats are also reclining, and there is a toilet on board. For example, if you take the bus departing from Tokyo Station at 23:00, you can arrive at Fukushima Station at 4:00 am the next morning, allowing you to make the most of your time.

You can book overnight bus tickets at the following link:

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The reservation website for overnight buses is in Japanese, but it is easy to make a reservation using the browser’s translation function.


Conclusion

Consider skipping the meal-included plan at a ryokan or hotel and enjoy the local, reasonably priced dining options instead. Whether you’re planning a short 2-day, 1-night stay or a longer trip.

Iizaka Onsen offers plenty to satisfy your cravings for relaxation and delicious food.

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