5 Onsen Areas Near Nagoya

Around Nagoya, there are plenty of verdant onsen (hot spring) areas and onsen with beneficial effects. Here are some spots that you can stop by while sightseeing.

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1. Minamichita Onsengou

Minamichita Onsengou is an onsen area that has 3 hot springs (Utsumi Onsen, Sankai Onsen, and Toyohama Onsen) surrounded by verdant nature thanks to being surrounded by Mikawa Bay and Ise Bay. There's stretches of beaches, including Chidorigahama, a beach that was chosen as one of Japan's top 100 that's in the Utsumi Onsen area. It's popular for walks, and since there are always fishermen unloading their catches in the harbor, you can taste fresh seafood. There are onsen inns along the coast, and the sight of the ocean from there is breathtaking. You can bathe while gazing out at Ise Bay even on day trips. These springs are good for tiredness and sensitivity to cold, so why not relax while enjoying the feeling of openness?

*Photo is of Chidorigahama.

2. Nishiura Onsen

Nishiura Onsen is an area on the top of Nishiura Peninsula and Mikawa Bay spreads out around it. The coast feels like a resort and the area is situated high for a great view, so it's been known since ancient times as a picturesque place. Among them, the Tenku Kaiyu no Yado Suehiro is recommended, thanks to every room having an ocean view. The view from both the rooms and the baths is wonderful. On the roof there's an open-air bath that's the pride of the inn, so as you gaze out on the scenery you can relax your body and soul with the hot water. There's also a footbath, so you can easily refresh yourself without taking your clothes off. There are special rooms with private open-air baths as well as guestrooms with footbaths, so you can enjoy your privacy as well. Why not spend a luxurious time while enjoying the beautiful sights of nature?

*Photo is for illustration purposes.

3. Kira Onsen

From Kira Onsen, there's a calm view of Mikawa Bay and Miyazaki Beach, a beach that was chosen as one of Japan's best 88 beaches, so it's an onsen in a great location. There are many lodging facilities along the coast line, so you can enjoy freshly caught fish from Miyazaki Harbor. The Kira Kanko Hotel Kirakan is at a tall altitude so you take a slope car to it, and they have a wonderful open-air bath that you can gaze out at Mikawa Bay from. Sundown and at night, when the sky is studded with stars, is a perfect time to use it. It helps to make you less tired, so if you soak in this bath until you're satisfied, you'll definitely be healed both body and soul. This hotel is recommended for people that want a romantic mood.

*Photo is for illustration purposes.

4. Sanage Onsen

Sanage Onsen, in the center of the Aichi Kogen Quasi-National Park, is Aichi's largest natural radon onsen.
This onsen is called "the science bath," and it's one of the few radon springs in the country that you can drink. It has effects if you bathe in it, breathe in the air, and drink it, so it's very popular. There are many people that bottle the water in portable bottles to bring home.
The only lodging facility here is Hotel Kinsenkaku, and they boast about their huge public bath made of ancient hinoki cypress from a tree that was over 1,000 years old. For a day trip, the attached Kinsen no Yu facility is recommended. Both of them offer meals made with the hot spring water. Enjoy the radon baths and the delicious food to help chase the exhaustion from traveling away.

*Photo is for illutration purposes.

5. Nagakute Onsen Gozarasse

Nagakute Onsen Gozarasse is a clear, odorless, smooth natural onsen and spa bathhouse. They have a Japanese-style bath and a Western-style bath for different atmospheres. The baths are unisex but which bath is designated which changes weekly. You can enjoy a variety of natural baths here. Among them is Japan's largest carbon dioxide bath. It's good for helping heal from illnesses and is good for your skin, among other affects. When you enter the bath, bubbles will attach itself to your skin, so it's also pretty interesting! Please try it. There's a free shuttle bus, so why not go as a day trip?

*Photo is for illustration purposes.

5. Nagakute Onsen Gozarasse

There are plenty of onsen that you can visit on a day trip, so please go to one that fits your taste if you have some time.

*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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