Naruko Onsen is a classic Japanese hot spring spa village located in the hills of northern Japan of Tohoku Region.
It is known for the restorative effects of its fine waters which contain all sorts of different, beneficial minerals: sulfur, which relieves hardened arteries and high blood pressure and leaves the skin feeling smooth, and alkaline salts that help remedy skin diseases and have been celebrated for over 1,000 years.
There are some nice walking trails along the valley and a spectacular bridge crossing the gorge. Nearby is Lake Kata-numa, a crater lake which changes colour with the sunlight.
It is particularly stunning in autumn when the leaves turn golden and red. Naruko-Onsen is also the place to find traditional wooden Kokeshi dolls which dates back 350 years.
The Japan Kokeshi Centre contains about 7,000 Kokeshi dolls, which are notable for their elegant features and bright color.
A stay here normally includes lovely meals at your Japanese style ryokan (Japanese Inn), plenty of time to soak in the baths and some good walks in the countryside.