Sakunami Onsen is one of the main hot-spring Areas in Sendai City, in Miyagi Prefecture. Alongside great hot-spring inns, there are many great restaurants, traditional-crafts shops, and scenic spots. The Sakunami Onsen area is easily accessible, being only a 30-minute drive from JR Sendai Station, and about 40 minutes by train.
Today we'll look a 4 ryokan hot-spring inns and day-trip plans for your visit to Sakunami Onsen and its many sightseeing spots.
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Main image courtesy of Yosenkaku Iwamatsu Ryokan

  1. 1.a. Nikka Whiskey Sendai Factory Miyagikyo Distillery
  2. 2.b. Is that a gorilla profile?! Check out Kamakurayama
  3. 3.c. Enjoy lunch at the Yu no Machi Sakunami tourist Information Plaza Lasanta
  4. 4.d. Add Yosenkaku Iwamatsu Ryokan's hot springs to your day-trip
  5. 5.e. Find your souvenirs at Hiraga Kokeshi Store
  6. 6.f. Homei Shijuhachi-taki Falls

Sendai's Sakunami Onsen Area

Photo courtesy of Sendai International Tourism Association

Sakunami Onsen is located in Sendai, the center of sightseeing in Miyagi Prefecture. It's a hot-spring resort surrounded by nature, right on the border with Yamagata Prefecture.
Being about 30 minutes by car from the center of Sendai City, it has long been a popular back room of Sendai. The hot springs in this area are hypnotic, ranging from mildly alkaline high-temperature ones to simpler hot springs, believed to be gentler on the skin.
Many inns (or ryokan) in Sakunami Onsen boast great views where you can enjoy shiny green mountains in spring and summer, red leaves in fall, and snowy valleys in winter.

How to get to Sakunami Onsen

Photo courtesy of Sendai International Tourism Association

It takes about 30 minutes by car from JR Sendai Station to Sakunami Onsen. The huge Kokeshi dolls alongside the highway are the landmarks that pinpoint the onsen village. It takes anywhere between 5 and 10 minutes to reach each inn.
By train, take the Senzan Line from the JR Sendai station and arrive at JR Sakunami Station in about 40 minutes. From the station, you will find free shuttle busses driving to each inn.
There is also a Sendai City Bus service from JR Sendai Station to each inn, but due to the limited number of buses, it is essential to check the schedule in advance. If you're staying overnight, we recommend going by train. If you're going for a day-trip and plan on visiting the many sightseeing spots scattered around the area, we recommend going by car.

Introducing 4 hot springs in Sakunami Onsen!

There are 4 hot-spring inns in Sakunami Onsen. Take a look at all of them, and select your perfect fit.

1. Yuzukushi Salon Ichinobo: Indulge in 3 springs and 8 baths

Photo Courtesy of Yuzukushi Salon Ichinobo

Yuzukushi Salon Ichinobo boasts 3 springs and 8 baths. From the JR Sendai Station, take the Sendai city Bus bound for Sakunami Onsen, and get off at Sakunami Onsen Motoyu. A free shuttle bus (reservation required) also operates from JR Sendai Station and Sakunami Station.

Photo courtesy of Yuzukushi Salon Ichinobo

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