Three Select Onsen in Kanagawa with Fantastic Views of the Mountains, Ocean and City
Kanagawa Prefecture has onsen hot springs that can be enjoyed at a variety of locations such as the mountains, seaside and city. Here are three onsen hot springs recommended by the editorial department for the winter of 2018, each with fantastic views and great onsen benefits.
The beauty of onsen hot springs in the mountains is that you can refresh yourself while enjoying the forest. Onsen in the mountains are great places to feel the changes of the seasons, soak up the energy of Mother Nature and heal oneself. In fact, the high altitude increases your heart rate and improves circulation, so the onsen ingredients can easily circulate through the body and you can feel the benefits and effects more easily. Warm yourself up in the onsen surrounded by the majestic mountains and let your whole body feel the benefits.
Ryuguden, which was renovated and reopened as a day-visit onsen in 2017, is a natural hot spring on the shore of Lake Ashi that is surrounded by the mountains of Hakone. You will feel as if time has stopped as you enjoy the reflection of clouds gently moving on the lake and the view of the forest on the opposite shore. Relax and enjoy the onsen with a view of the crimson-colored mountains and of Mt. Fuji.
The main building that was built in 1938 (Showa 13), and has a long history. It is a registered tangible cultural property of Japan. This valuable building that was built in the image of Byodo-in in Uji, using the highest quality material, was reopened in 2017 as a day-use onsen. It is in a fabulous location, at one with the nature of Lake Ashi.
■ Ryuguden Honkan Address: 139 Motohakone, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa; Phone: 0460-83-1126; Hours: 10:00 am - 8:00 pm (last entry 7:00 pm), open till 10:30 pm for overnight guests at Ryuguden Bekkan, restaurant open till 6:00 pm (only light fare available from 3:30 pm, L.O. 5:15 pm) *May vary by season; Holidays: None; Parking: 100 spaces (free) Access: Near Ryuguden-mae stop approximately 65 minutes on the Hakone-en bound bus from Hakone-Yumoto Station on the Hakone Tozan Railway
Bath Data: Four types. Includes open-air baths and indoor baths / Water quality: Calcium sodium sulfur water, chloride water / Benefits: Nerve pain, muscle pain and others
Rates: 1,944 JPY/adult, 1,080 JPY/elementary school student, 540 JPY/child aged 3 and older *children under 3 may not enter the baths; a 50 JPY bathing tax is assessed for guests who are junior high school age or older.
This is an onsen by the sea where you can expect to be healed while relaxing surrounded by the sounds of the waves and the aromas of the sea. Many hot springs near the ocean have salty chloride spring water that keeps the bather warm after bathing. Oiso Prince Hotel THERMAL SPA S.WAVE, which opened in 2017, has natural hot springs with calcium sodium chloride water, and views of the Pacific Ocean. It has both onsen hot springs and heated pools that are fantastic for enjoying the resort experience.
The third floor has baths with natural hot spring water from Oiso Onsen. The fourth floor has a wide selection of facilities that require swimming suits, such as an infinity pool that is kept warm in the winter, jet bath and stone bath. This is a seaside resort with a fantastic view that seems to melt into the horizon that can be enjoyed year round.
■ Oiso Prince Hotel THERMAL SPA S.WAVE Address: In Oiso Prince Hotel, 546 Kokufu-Hongo, Oiso-machi, Naka-gun, Kanagawa; Phone: 0463-61-1111; Hours: 6:00 am - 12:00 am (last entry for day visitors 5:00 pm), Spa 4F Bar 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm; Holidays: None (Closed from Monday, January 29 to Wednesday, January 31 for maintenance); Parking: 200 spaces (free to spa day use guests); Access: Near the last stop of the Oiso Prince Hotel bound bus, approx. 13 minutes from JR Oiso Station or a five minute walk from the Oiso Prince Hotel Iriguchi stop on the bus bound for Nishi Koen-mae (approx. 12 minutes ride). *The 4F spa area requires swimming suits (not available to rent) *Children elementary school age and younger may not enter the 4F spa area
Bath Data: Four types including open-air baths and indoor baths / Water quality: Sodium and calcium chloride water / Benefits: Nerve pain, sensitivity to cold, muscle pain and others
Rates: 4,500 JPY/junior high school age and older, 2,000 JPY/ elementary school age (children younger than school age may only use the 3F onsen floor) *Free for children ages 3 and younger
Oiso Prince Hotel THERMAL SPA S. WAVE
This is a bath with a fantastic view that is in a convenient location in the city to stop by on a whim. It is in a great place to include in plans for the day that may include whatever activities that suit your lifestyle, be it shopping or dinner. INSPA Yokohama is a spa resort where you can relax with a view of the Minato Mirai district of Yokohama. It has a particularly luxurious feel after sunset when you can enjoy the lights of the city.
This is an onsen facility where you can relax in baths with onsen hot spring water that comes from 1,500m below the ground and a far infrared dome that makes use of the radiant heat of lava from Mt. Fuji. It is a place where you can be in the city and enjoy the sea breeze as well as fantastic views of Yokohama Port and Minato Mirai while taking a bath. The Gyaza restaurant, where you can taste seasonal vegetables picked in the morning at Miura Farm, is also highly recommended.
■ INSPA Yokohama Address: Yamanouchi-cho, Kanagawa-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa; Phone: 045-451-4301; Hours: 10:00 am - 11:00 pm, open till 8:00 am the next morning on Fridays, Saturdays and days before National Holidays; Holidays: Third Thursday of the month; Parking: 200 spots (150 JPY up to three hours, 200 JPY/hour from the fourth hour); Access: Five minutes on a free shuttle bus from JR Higashi-Kanagawa Station, East Exit of Yokohama Station on JR and other lines, and Nakakido Station on Keikyu Line (first bus from Nakakido leaves at 10:20 am and last bus at 9:45 pm regularly and at 11:30 pm on Fridays, Saturday and days before national holidays)
Bath Data: Four types including open-air baths and indoor baths / Water quality: Sodium chloride water / Benefits: Nerve pain, muscle pain, joint pain, frozen shoulder and others
Rates: Regular 2,500 JPY (Monday - Thursday, Sunday, National Holidays 10:00 am - 11:00 pm, Friday, Saturday, Day before National Holidays to midnight); Quick Entry (60 minutes) 1,050 JPY *Children under 13 years of age may not enter *Additional charges (1,500 JPY) apply after midnight.
Why not enjoy the scenery and atmosphere of each of these onsen hot springs and plan an onsen day trip with fantastic views?
[This article was originally published in Walkerplus on 01.26.2018]
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