Tsukioka Onsen was opened in 1915. It got its start as a spa when the hot spring was discovered by chance while digging for oil.
The smell of sulfur fills the air in this hot spring town. Inns,restaurants and souvenir shops line the streets, and when evening comes,
an exotic townscape with on-the-go, glamorous kimono-clad geisha greets tourists.
Tsukioka Onsen has one of the highest concentrations of sulfur in Japan.
It’s called a beautifying hot spring.
Slightly alkaline, it’s gentle on the skin, and the sulfur in the water turns it a rare and beautiful emerald green. The sulfur content is so high that it turns precious metal black. It’s said to have a beneficial effect on dermatitis and adult diseases, but the biggest draw is its beautifying effect on skin.
There are many unique shops, including ones with foot baths where you can enjoy casually soaking your feet in water from Tsukioka Onsen, ones where you can try Niigata sake and foods, and ones specializing in manju (steamed buns with fillings). Trying various things while taking in the town scenery is one of the real charms of trips here. Enjoy a special time that can only be experienced in a hot spring town.More
The inns and hotels at Tsukioka Onsen each have their own unique appeal. There are various kinds of inn, from large ones with public facilities to small, private ones that are almost hidden away. Choose one based on your preferences and purpose and then kick back and relax.More
Delicious foods, fun, tranquility, and enchantment in everything from tradition to innovation and little sparkles to natural light.
Take a small trip of your own and experience the joy and inspiration for yourself.
The number of geisha, a tradition in hot spring areas, has been decreasing year after year in each area.
Tsukioka Onsen is a rarity in that respect as there are still around 30 geisha here. The geisha culture has been highly valued at Tsukioka Onsen.
If you’ll be having a party at Tsukioka Onsen, don’t miss the opportunity to hire Tsukioka geisha.
They’ll make sure your evening party is elegant and enjoyable.
At the center of the hot spring town are various shops, including one where you can try sake and wines made in Niigata,
one where you can try Niigata dried fish and fermented foods, and one where you can try making and decorating homemade rice crackers.
Enjoy a stroll through town.
This specialty shop offers gelato and Niigata-esque smoothies featuring domestic fruits and vegetables, primarily from Niigata.
The links below provide information on other souvenir shops and restaurants in the hot spring town.
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