Mineral-rich hot springs famous for their healing properties. Naruko's giant ravine was formed by torrents from the spring.
Naruko-onsen-kyo Hot Spring Village, located in northwestern Miyagi, has been a major attraction for over 1,000 years. It consists of five hot springs areas; Naruko, Higashi-Naruko, Kawatabi, Nakayamadaira, and Onikobe. Its waters are plentiful and contain a vast variety of 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.
Naruko-kyo Gorge is a large ravine formed by the Oya-gawa River, a tributary of the Eai-gawa River that flows through Naruko-onsen. The river's torrents have formed fantastically shaped rocks and sheer cliffs, and it offers a stunning site in autumn when the leaves turn gold and orange. Nearby is Lake Kata-numa, a crater lake which changes color with the sunlight. In winter, Onikobe Ski Resort provides ample opportunities for people to enjoy a number of popular winter sports.
Naruko-onsen-kyo Hot Spring Village is also the birthplace of the traditional ”kokeshi, a simple wooden doll. The Japan Kokeshi Center Museum (Nihon Kokeshi-kan) displays about 5,000 kokeshi dolls, which are notable for their elegant features and bright colors. This area has also been the production center for Naruko lacquerware for over 350 years. Naruko lacquerware shops sell a wide variety of lacquer-painted goods, from affordable items such as traditional eating utensils and modern-looking coffee cups, to high-class lacquerware.
[Rail] Approximately 2 hours to Furukawa Station on the Tohoku Shinkansen (bullet train)
Approximately 40 minutes to Naruko Onsen Station on the JR Rikuu Tosen Line