Isabella Bird visited this town in 1878 and praised as the best spot in Tohoku.
Kaminoyama Onsen appears in text in 1459. a buddhist monk found this Onsen which a crane was resting and recovering her injury. He named this Onsen a crane Onsen.
There 6 Onsen springs which make 6 Onsen towns in Kaminoyama Onsen. There are over 20 Onsen Hotels, 7 public Onsen, and many free foot Onsen.
Because it was also the Castle town during Edo Period, there are many Samurai style building and real Samurai Houses.