Shirabu Onsen was established in 1312 in Yonezawa, Yamagata Prefecture. It is located at the height of 800-900m and is referred to as "Shirabu Takayu Onsen". "Takayu" means "hot spring in high place". Shirabu Onsen along with Takayu Onsen in Fukushima Prefecture and Zao onsen in Yamagata Prefecture are referred as "Three Highest Hot springs of Japan".
The surroundings are rich in nature: you can see monkeys and antelopes, if you walk through onsen quarter along Otarugawa River you will see a 50 m waterfall. If you go the other way you can visit a hidden spring called "Shintaka-yu Onsen".
50 minutes by bus from JR Yonezawa Station. Car: you can access it via Nishiazuma Sky Valley or Prefectural Road 2. However, be advised that they are inaccessible in winter due to heavy snowfalls.
Description: Shirabu Onsen
|Sights||Shirabu Onsen (白布温泉 )|
Yamagata Prefecture, Yonezawa-shi, Seki Shirabu Onsen
|Phone / Fax||Phone: 0238-22-5111|
|Closed dates||7 days open|
Spring (March - May)Summer (June - August) Autumn (September - November) Winter (December - February)
|Recommended target||Adult (ages 20+)|
Map: Shirabu Onsen