Niigata is known as a prefecture with a huge number of onsen (hot springs), so naturally, there are a lot of onsen hotels there. Here are 5 onsen hotels with high ratings from booking sites.
1. Hotel Futaba
Located near Echigo Yuzawa Onsen in the southeastern part of the prefecture, Hotel Futaba has a variety of baths including the observatory bath on the top floor where you can have a full view of mountains nearby, the open air bath with a great view, the steam bath, and other types of baths made of stone, wood, or ceramic. It feels like you are on a bathing tour, even though you are staying at only one hotel. There are also wide variety of rooms available, with some of them having a private open air bath. *English speaking staff available
Kutsurogi-an is a ryokan (Japanese traditional inn) in Muika-machi Onsen in the southeastern part of Niigata which only accepts 3 groups per day. In the compound, there are 2 types of private open air baths, 2 types of private indoor baths, and a foot bath. Each bath is drawn from the source with rich health benefits and you will have a great time bathing. It is surrounded by popular ski and hiking areas. Relaxing in a natural hot spring would be the perfect way to finish off your hard day of exercise. Free Wi-Fi is available at all the facilities.
It is a facility created based on the concept of providing not only "shelter and service," but also the sense of true luxury through the experience, discovery, and excitement one can have in this place. A renown creative director is the head of this facility and a lot of artists along with the locals have worked together to create it.
A various features include a 150-year-old reconstructed old residence, foods made with organic ingredients, furniture by world famous designers, sense-provoking spaces with art exhibitions, and more. Their vaunted open-air bath lets you enjoy the beautiful sky from the dawn to the starry sky. Free Wi-Fi available at all facilities, and English-speaking staff available.
4. Syunsai no Syo Sakadojo
It is a hotel in Muika-machi Onsen, which is known for its high quantity of hot spring water. The facility has an open-air bath inspired by the Japanese tea ceremony room and spacious indoor baths. You can also enjoy their low temperature sauna and jet bath. There are a various types of guest rooms, from the ones with standard Japanese design to the ones with beds on tatami-flooring. Since Uonuma is known as one of Japan's best rice-producing regions, the delicious rice and fresh seafood straight from the Sea of Japan are something you can look forward to at this place. Free Wi-Fi is available in any guest room. English-speaking staff available.
5. Shosenkaku Kagetsu
It is a Japanese traditional inn located in Echigo Yuzawa Onsen, onsen surrounded by rich nature. They have 4 open-air baths, 2 indoor baths, and private bath, all open 24 hours a day. The hot spring has health benefits for things like neuralgia and sensitivity to the cold, and the spring water is also drinkable. The guest rooms are the perfect mixture of a relaxed atmosphere and modern design. Rooms with a private open-air bath are also available.
Niigata has a lot of great hot springs, experience it yourself!
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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