Onsen Musume is a multimedia franchise in which onsen become idols, forming groups and competing against one another. Yonezawa is fortunate enough to have its own character in the series! Her name is Onogawa Komachi, and she represents Onogawa Onsen. Around the onsen, there are many shops with her image and merchandise for fans to check out.
In fact, many of these locations will be participating in a stamp rally, which will run from December 1, 2019 until February 29, 2020. Near each onsen, QR codes can be found at locations that have a standee of their character. By scanning this QR code using a special app, that location will be registered as part of the stamp rally. (This app can be found at https://rallyapp.jp) This will occur not only in Yonezawa, but in other parts of Tohoku as well, including the prefectures of Akita, Iwate, Miyagi, and Fukushima. In total, there are 61 participating locations across five prefectures.
The list of each participating onsen can be found below:
Below are the available prizes for participating in the stamp rally:
Rank 1 Prize: Body pillow cover of preferred character (Limited to three winners. Must visit at least 3 onsen locations and scan 10 QR codes to be eligible.)
Rank 2 Prize: Cushion cover of preferred character. (Limited to 10 winners. Must visit at least 2 onsen locations and scan 5 QR codes to be eligible.)
Rank 3 Prize: Acrylic figure of preferred character. (Limited to 30 winners. Must scan at least 2 QR codes.
(“Preferred character” above refers to one of the 13 Onsen Musume characters in the Tohoku region.)
Completionist Prize: Those who scan all 61 QR codes will receive a special pin set of all 13 Tohoku Onsen Musume characters.
Additionally, those among the first to visit certain locations will receive badges or stickers. These locations are:
For more information, please visit: https://www.stamprally.net/uunlbvkqlbetjcnj (information in Japanese).