Japan's most rustic hot spring resort in the northern mountains of Tohoku.
Nyuto Onsen is one of the most rustic hot spring bathing areas in Japan. A collection of half a dozen tiny onsen ryokan high in the mountains, it's as if you stepped in a time machine on leaving Tokyo; ramshackle wooden buildings, steaming pools of milky water, locals quietly making their way between bathhouses dressed in yukata robes and clip-clopping in wooden geta sandals as people have done for hundreds of years. Nyuto means "nipple" in Japanese, due to the suggestive shape of nearby Mount Nyuto, or so we are told!
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Journey through the lush rural landscapes of Tohoku, the region that stretches 500 miles north from Tokyo, on this superior two-week itinerary.
Japan's Tohoku region stretches 500 miles north of the capital and, in stark contrast to the modern skyscrapers of Tokyo, boasts outstanding natural beauty and well-preserved history – a reminder that traditional ways are still very much alive and well in Japan.