Tsurunoyu (literally Crane's Bath) is the oldest and most famous hot spring resort in the hot spring resort villages of Nyuto Onsen. With its wooden buildings and mountain setting, it could be enjoyed any season. Still, the charm winter brings can not be beat. Those few moments your body is numbed by cold just make your soothing warm hot bath that much more pleasurable. There is even a konyoku mixed-gender bath outside. Socializing and relaxing under the gently falling snow with locals and travelers has been one of my best memories during my travels around the rugged North.
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Justin Velgus (ジャスティン ベルガス) is a long-term resident and promoter in the Tohoku region. He has been a content producer for JapanTravel.com since 2012 and was the Miyagi Prefecture Regional Partner 2013-2015. Justin's over 300 published travel and culture articles come from a background of studying in Akita, teaching English in Miyagi through the JET Program, and working for the government in Fukushima. He lives in the gyutan capital of the world, Sendai. Justin is an expert in local culture and history. He was the first foreign volunteer at Sendai City Museum and regularly advises the local volunteer guide group GOZAIN , which he is a veteran member, on guiding techniques and hidden locations in the city even locals don't know about. In his free time he enjoys delivering original walking tours, such as his Dark Sendai Tour (ghost tour) or Kokubuncho Mystery Tour (redlight district tour). Justin is also a Certified Sake Professional.