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Walking trails at Goshogake Onsen

Goshogake Onsen is a hot spring on the slopes of Mount Hachimantai in Towada-Hachimantai National Park. There is just one ryokan with bathing facilities that can be used by staying guests, as well as by non-staying daytime visitors against a small admission fee.

Goshogake Onsen's bathing facilities are gender separated and feature multiple, attractive wooden indoor baths, steam boxes and an outdoor bath without views. There is also a corner where bathers can apply volcanic mud onto their skin. A foot bath is located outside and can be used free of charge.

Oyunuma Pond
Odoro Volcano

The valley behind the ryokan is volcanically active and can be viewed from a very attractive network of walking trails. A two kilometer long circular route takes you past all the major sights, including many bubbling mud ponds, hissing sulfur vents and hot water streams, as well as Oyunuma Pond, a large body of hot water and mud with numerous miniature mud volcanoes.

Further along the path, about a kilometer from the trailhead, visitors come across Japan's largest mud volcano, the Odoro Volcano. The volcano's blubbering cones stand only one to two meters tall, but the depth of the mud is as much as eight meters.

Fall colors along the road between Goshogake Onsen and Onuma Pond in early October

About 1.5 kilometers from Goshogake Onsen down the road lies the pretty Onuma Pond. A one kilometer long walking path leads around the pond and through the marshland and forest which border the pond. For more ambitious hikers there is a seven kilometer long trail that connects Goshogake Onsen with Tamagawa Onsen via Mount Yakeyama.

Across the street from Onuma Pond stands the Hachimantai Visitor Center with exhibits and information about the area. Onuma Pond and Goshogake Onsen are particularly attractive during the fall colors, which are usually at their best in early October.

The walking trail through the marshland and forest surrounding Onuma Pond

Access

Goshogake Onsen can be reached by bus and car from the south, north and east. During the winter, access is possible only from the north.

From Kazuno-Hanawa Station in the north

From mid April to early November, there is one direct bus per day between Kazuno-Hanawa Station and Goshogake Onsen (50 minutes, 1110 yen). Three more daily bus connections require a transfer of buses at Asupite-iriguchi bus stop along the way. During the winter, there is no bus service, but a pick up service is available for staying guests (advance reservation required). Cars can access Goshogake Onsen from the north around the year.

From Tazawako Station in the south (closed in winter)

From mid April to early November, Goshogake Onsen can be reached by direct bus from Tazawako Station (110 minutes, 1840 yen, 4 buses/day). The bus can also be boarded at Tazawa-kohan bus stop at the eastern shores of Lake Tazawa or Tamagawa Onsen along the way. During the winter a part of the road between Lake Tazawa and Goshogake Onsen gets closed to buses and cars.

From Mount Hachimantai in the east (closed in winter)

From late April to early November, there are four direct buses per day between Goshogake Onsen and Hachimantai-chojo bus stop near the summit of Mount Hachimantai (25 minutes, 460 yen). During the winter the road to the summit of Mount Hachimantai gets closed to buses and cars.

How to get to and around Hachimantai

Hours & Fees

Goshogake Onsen Baths (non-staying visitors)

Hours

8:00 to 17:00

Closed

No closing days

Admission

500 yen

Hotels around Hachimantai

Page last updated: October 30, 2015