It's a place where you can feel the Atsumi water from within while enjoying the pleasant river breeze.
It has the meaning of tree-lined street as well as health in a certain dialect. In the bench area, there is a plate introducing Atsumi Onsen.
Free, uncontrolled and sexy. Her Tanka poems are known to be filled with passion. Akiko Yosano came to Atsumi Onsen after the death of her husband Tekkan in 1935 to heal her broken heart. The book of poems she left behind “Hakuoshu” contains 10 poems.
Samidare no dewa no tanima no asaichi ni kasa shite
uruha ohomune onna
Asaichi no hajimari nutote okosareru hototogisu nado kikubeki jikoku
Futsukashite yu no kaori majiri no samidare ni nareshi dewa no atsumi yama kana
There are 3 footbath location in Atsumi Onsen. The Chitto Motche is one of those. You can have a footbath along the Atsumi river while enjoying coffee or sweets. In the local area, you can also see potteries and woven items on display.
In Atsumi Onsen there are 3 public bathhouse that can used for almost free. With a cooperation cost of 200 yen, anyone can use them. The signboard of Shomenyu was written by the 28th sumo referee who originated from Tsuruoka-shi.
It has been famous since long ago for the spring water flowing through it. In the neighboring soba noodle shop “Oshimizu”, you can eat soba made with this spring water. Within the park, you may also see traces of the novelist Yokomitsu Riichi's sojourn.
On the grounds of the Kumano shrine, there are over 3000 roses of around 90 different kinds. From June to October, the roses bloom in succession. In 2012, the Tsuruoka park received the roses of the Shonai feudal lord Sakai's residence and a planting ceremony was performed. In June, the rose garden festival is held. Entrance to the park is free.
In 1961, the emperor and his wife came to Atsumi Onsen. They were very moved by the beauty of Atsumidake and composed the song “Ame kemuru midori no yama wa shidzukanite niwa no yamakato omoikerukamo”
In 1689, The famous Haiku poet Matsuo Basho along with his student and went on the Oku-no-osomichi trip, stayed in Atsumi 1 night then went through Nezugaseki to then leave toward Echigo.
One of the strongest sumo wrestlers of Edo came from Atsumi. Kachozan was born into the Saito family as the eldest son. He was the ruler of amateur sumo wrestlers since he was very young. At 21 years of age, he entered Dewanoumi as the first generation and participated in his first tournament with the wrestler name of Atsumidake. He was then named Kachozan. He proceeded to become 2nd best wrestler but then died at the very young age of 35.
On April 24 1951 the hot spring district was faced with a huge conflagration that caused serious damage to the inns and houses. 10 years later, after the reconstruction was over, the emperor and his wife came to stay at a inn and a stone monument was erected in that honour.
A swordsmith of the Edo era from Atsumi. Kyondo was born in 1827 and was adopted by a blacksmith and raised in the Saito residence(now known as Asahiya inn). After entering Yamauchi Kiyomaro at the age of 26, he started his own company as a swordsmith and gained a lot of fame. Through his hard work, the diligence and earnestness of the Shonai residents can be seen. Every year, a festival is held in front of his monument.
In 721 it is said to have been built by Gyoki. In the second and third of May, a lion dance is presented. It was destroyed by fire in 1705, 1908 and 1951 but rebuilt every time.
On the 8th of May there is the spring festival then the fall festival on the 8th of September.