You can wear a bathing suit! 6 Onsen Facilities Outside of Tokyo
If you want to enjoy a public onsen hot spring as a couple or if you just don't want to be naked in front of strangers, there are some onsen facilities with bathing suit zones perfect for you! Here are 6 recommended onsen facilities outside of Tokyo.
1. Oedo Onsen Monogatari Urayasu Mengekyo (Chiba)
This hot spring in Chiba is an onsen theme park with about 38 different baths.
In the bathing suit area, there are 16 different baths with unique designs. One of the recommended ones is the Gensenkan that looks just like a castle. You can enjoy the water that comes from a well 1,400m underground. There are also facilities like the Oyasumi Dokoro where you can take a nap as well as restaurants. It's open until morning, so you can enjoy it to your heart's content.
Entrance fees (weekday): 1,748 JPY for adults, 734 JPY for children (all incl. tax)
*Includes face and bath towels
*Photo is of the Tokyo branch
2. Hakone Kowakien Yunessun (Kanagawa)
Hakone Kowakien Yunessun is another recommended onsen theme park, this one in Hakone!
There are 16 baths both in and outside that you can enjoy in bathing suits. This includes the Zekkei Rotenburo open-air bath where you can enjoy the sight of Hakone's scenery, the mystical Dokutsu bath in a cave, the wine bath that has a rich aroma, and more!
Entrance fee (bathing suit area only): 2,900 JPY for adults, 1,600 JPY for children (all incl. tax)
3. Enoshima Island Spa (Kanagawa)
Enoshima Island Spa was made with the concept of "a fusion of Japan and the world's bathing cultures." This spa resort has various facilities, including a restaurant with a view of the sea.
In the bathing suit area, there are various baths such as the Gensen bath, where you can enjoy a natural spring and the foamy Kihosen. The open-air bath is in a perfect location to have a beautiful view of the ocean by Shonan. On very clear days, you can also see Mt. Fuji.
One-day pass: 2,742 JPY or adults 1,296 for children (all incl. tax)
*Bath and face towels, indoor wear included
4. Hotel Heritage (Saitama)
Toki no Yu Onsen, a facility within Hotel Heritage in Kumagawa, is the Tokyo metropolitan area's biggest natural open-air outdoor bath.
You can enjoy the dynamic utase-yu (a bath with water streaming from the walls so you can sit under the stream) and the big open-air bath made of stone in the bathing suit zone. All the baths are quietly inside a lush forest, so it's incredibly airy! There's also a drink bar where you can enjoy a drink while gazing at a waterfall. There are private rooms that you can use for a fee, so you can spend even a day trip here quite leisurely.
Entrance fee for a day trip: 1,300 JPY for adults, 850 JPY for elementary and middle school students, 840 JPY for children
5. Toshimaen Niwa no Yu (Tokyo)
Toshimaen Niwa no Yu is just a minute away from Toshimaen Station. It's a quiet, mature bathing area where you can relax and gaze out at the Japanese garden of almost 4,000 square meters.
The bathing suit zone has various enjoyments, including the airy natural spring hot tub on the roof and the Bade pool that you can enjoy while aiming for health benefits. There is also a relaxation room where you can spread out and relax.
Entrance fee: 2,310 JPY (incl. tax)
*Includes indoor wear, face, and bath towel
*Children younger than elementary school age not permitted
6. Katsuura Hotel Mikazuki (Chiba)
Katsuura Hotel Mikazuki is a spa resort hotel in Katsuura. Aqua Palace is a large all-weather scenic spa that's split into two zones, both indoor and outdoor.
There are 30 different unique baths that you can't enjoy anywhere else, including the Tenku Rotenburo, an open-air bath from which you can gaze out at the Pacific Ocean; the Kaiun no Yu, a bathtub made from 50kg of pure gold; even a germanium bath.
Day trip admission fee (weekdays): starts at 1,000 JPY for adults, 600 JPY for children (both excl. tax)
*does not include the summer
All of these spas are in places that you can easily day trip to from Tokyo. A lot of them also rent bathing suits for a fee, but they may be limited in number so it might be best to bring your own.
*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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