作並温泉 (Sakunami Onsen) is near 仙台市 (Sendai) in (宮城県) Miyagi Prefecture. Sendai is about a 2 hour train ride from 東京 (Tōkyō) via 新幹線 (Shinkansen). This Shinkansen is the newer, faster one compared with the one I took to 京都 (Kyōto). You can see this in the speedometer app screenshot 🤗.
This was another low budget overnight trip. My friend and I found half price Shinkansen tickets to Sendai. The 旅館 (Ryokan) (Japanese Style Inn) had cheap prices including dinner and breakfast. I think the total spent on the train and hotel was ¥20,000. One major advantage of this onsen over 万座温泉 (Manza Onsen) was that Sendai is a major city. So there is something to do other than sit in the onsen. I spent a few hours in Sendai as they are known for having cheaper, fresher fish for お寿司 (Sushi) and famous for 牛タン (Gyū tan) (Beef tongue). I definitely enjoyed the super fresh sushi 🍣😋.
The onsen itself was really nice. The only bath was large and outdoors. And, again, I was lucky enough to be there when it was snowing. There is something about the hot spring water and the steam and the snow and the cold air that is just magical and so relaxing. Also this bath is pretty unique. Its called 岩風呂 (Iwa furo), a natural stone bath. So instead of it being made from tile and wood, its made of stone. Its a little more rustic feeling.
Also, this trip happened right in the middle of Corona getting serious in Japan. It was probably a bad idea to go to place with a buffet dinner and breakfast, but, oh well 🤷♂️. I made it out alive and healthy. Things have definitely gotten more serious since then and now there’s no travel planned 😭.