Find plenty of information about hot springs here, from manners you should know to tips about the different types and effects of spring water. There's also articles about springs you can easily visit on a day trip, open-air baths from where you can see a beautiful starry sky, and lodgings with guestrooms that have luxurious private baths available!
Depending on the contents of the spring water, hot spring baths (onsen) can have different effects on the body. Knowing more about onsen before visiting Japan, the land of onsen, can help you to better enjoy the experience. Here are the different types of onsen and their effects, as well as where you can find different types of onsen.
In Japanese onsen, there are many unique manners you need to follow, which allow everyone sharing the same space to respect each other and have a good and relaxing time. In this article, we will tell you about these manners that you should know prior to your trip to an onsen.
Everyone knows that Japan is the land of hot springs and baths. But did you know that there are so many ways and styles to enjoy them? Here are some of the different ways to enjoy baths in Japan so please try to experience Japan’s unique bath culture.
Since Japan is a country with a large number of volcanoes, it is only natural that you can find hot springs about everywhere you go. Among those, we have selected 10 hot springs that you cannot miss while you're in Japan.
Most tourists tend to stay in hotels or ryokan, and not many people know about hot spring public hotels or "people's hotels." These hotels are run by the national or local government, and most of them are located amidst rich nature. In this article we feature 3 recommended people's hotels.
Hot Spring Resort with Private Baths Where You Can Relax Without Worrying About Prying Eyes
In many Japanese onsen (hot spring) inns, there are private baths that you can rent to bathe with your significant other or your family. The best part about private baths is being able to spend your time in their leisurely without having to worry about strangers. Here are 5 popular private baths.
When you go to a ryokan (Japanese inn), don't you look forward to getting in and soaking in the hot springs? Guests in a ryokan usually get in the bathtubs in their own rooms or in the huge bathhouse inside the inn where men and women bathe separately. However, there are now many ryokan where the bathhouses can be reserved for private use. Here are four ryokan in Kyoto with chartered or private baths.
Although it’s hard to see the stars in Japan’s megalopolises, in places where there is abundant nature you can see the beautiful starry sky. Here are some onsen where you can spend a soothing moment in time submerged in a bath while gazing at the pretty starry sky.
The cold winter is the perfect time to enjoy open-air onsen hot springs. It is truly an exceptional feeling to soak in an onsen bath while enjoying snowy scenery. Here are seven popular accommodations with open-air onsen baths from which you can enjoy a snowscape.
New facilities in the onsen (hot spring), which can also be called bijin no yu (beautifying hot spring), have debuted in Tokachigawa Onsen! One is a spa that has been attracting a lot of attention as a place where couples and families can enjoy since all guests are required to wear swimsuits. And together with a special hot spring that is promoted by its owner and a hot spring that offers splendid scenery, here are the three most recommended hot spring facilities in the Tokachi area.
One of the reasons Japan is popular is due to its many hot springs. Since you've come all the way to Japan, you shouldn't just go to a regular hot spring, but enjoy a little-known or secluded hot spring instead. Here are 4 inns where you can enjoy those springs.
Get up early and go for an open-air bath at the top of a mountain and an energizing breakfast of raw eggs and rice! Go to Hottarakashi Onsen in Yamanashi Prefecture, where you can soak in a bathtub in a fabulous location.
Tokyo, with its towering skyscrapers probably doesn’t give off the image of onsen. However, Japan is a country where onsen are easy to find so even Tokyo has natural onsen. Here are some onsen hotels in Tokyo that are convenient, easily accessible, and have high quality hot springs that you can enjoy.
Tokyo and the areas around it have a really exciting image thanks to it being a metropolis, but actually if you leave the center of the city, beautiful nature awaits you. Here are some carefully selected inns where you can easily enjoy both onsen (hot springs) and autumn foliage.
For many visitors to Japan, one of the things that are most looked forward to, would be taking a hot spring bath. Do you know that hot springs can be found, not only in rural areas, but also in Tokyo and its surrounding areas? Here is a list of hot spring baths in Tokyo and its surrounding areas.
If you take a short trip outside of Tokyo, the atmosphere changes and there are plenty of hot spring (onsen) areas surrounded by nature or hot spring resorts full of people. Here are 5 recommended onsen areas not far from 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.
The Hakone area is always among the top in rankings of favorite onsen regions. From among the many onsen inns there, here are some recommended ryokan inns with open-air onsen baths attached to the guest rooms. Hakone is easy to get to from Tokyo.
Gunma is known for its many onsen hot spring villages, including one of Japan's foremost onsen, Kusatsu Onsen. Here are five recommended ryokan inns and hotels including those highly rated on on Japanese and foreign travel sites!
There are many famous onsen hot springs in Tochigi, such as Nasu Onsen and Kinugawa Onsen. Here are some recommended hotels with onsen baths in Tochigi that are available for overnight stay and day trips.
As fall deepens, you will see a lot of kouyou (autumn leaves) sceneries in various places. Fall is a season that is a little chilly, though, so it might be a charming idea to marvel at the beautiful view while soaking in a hot spring. Here are five hot spring hotels in the outskirts of Kyoto where you can enjoy the autumn leaves.
The fun parts about staying at a ryokan (Japanese inn) are the hot springs and the cuisine. If it's a room that has a private open-air bath attached you can spend as much time as you want in the bath without worrying about anyone else from morning to night. Here are some ryokan in Kyoto where you can do that.
Osaka has a strong impression of being an energetic and bustling town, but if you extend your journey a little bit and get out of the city, you will see that there are many natural and amazing hot springs in its outskirts. Here are five Japanese hotels near Osaka where you can enjoy the gentle beauty of the autumn leaves.
Kinosaki Onsen is one of the Kansai region's leading onsen (hot spring) towns. Explore the town with its weeping willows and inns with wood-trimmed white walls, and then take the time to enjoy its seven public baths! Below is an itinerary recommended by Kinosaki’s Tourism Ambassadors. ＜*This information is from Kansai Walker (issued September 19, 2017)＞
While Hakone and Atami are famous for hot springs in Japan, actually Hokkaido also has plenty. Hokkaido has plenty of nature, so why not let yourself be healed from the rigors of daily life by relaxing in one of the onsen (hot springs) there? Here are 5 onsen you should stop by if you're in Hokkaido.
There are many nice and famous tourist spots in Sapporo, Hokkaido. Sightseeing in Sapporo is not only convenient, but there are also many lodgings where you can enjoy a dip in a relaxing hot spring bath! Here are of the most popular hot spring hotels in Sapporo, according to traveler reviews.
Hokkaido is a place where you can enjoy grand nature and delicious meals, and there are also lots of hot springs. Here are some carefully selected hot spring inns that are relatively unknown yet popular on review websites.
Hokkaido, which is popular with foreign tourists for its vast nature, is a place where you can fully enjoy its magnificent scenery while taking a bath in a hot spring. Here we will introduce to you 5 recommended open-air baths perfect for day trips.
The Tohoku region in northeastern Honshu, known for its abundant cuisine and tourist attractions, also has many attractive onsen hot springs! It is also easy to get to from central Tokyo on the Tohoku Shinkansen bullet train. This time, we picked up five popular onsen areas to introduce.
The nature-rich Tohoku region has many overnight accommodations where you can enjoy onsen (hot springs). Some of them have open-air baths in which you can enjoy famous hot spring water, together with seasonal scenery like spring verdure and snowy landscapes. Below are five especially recommended places to stay at.
Ginzan Onsen, located in Yamagata Prefecture, Tohoku, is a place that draws people in with its nostalgic streets that have retained the vibe and scenery from the Taisho era (1912 – 1926). Below are ways to enjoy this area, along with some sightseeing spots in the prefecture that you ought to visit!
Nagano is known for its many hot springs among other places in the country. You may find many accommodation areas within the prefecture that have a hot spring. Here are 5 popular places that have received favorable reviews on booking sites.
This year is Zenkoji's Gotaichi event which happens every seven years. That and the extension of the Hokuriku shinkansen (bullet train) is leading to Nagano having a very lively spring. If you're heading to Nagano, why not stay at Bessho Onsen, the oldest hot spring in Shinshu (Nagano's ancient name)? Bessho Onsen is home to Ryokan Hanaya, an inn built in the Taisho Roman style that you should definitely visit.
Nagano is a popular tourist destination for its famous summer resort, Karuizawa, as well as for the skiing and nature. It is also known for the variety of onsen hot springs there. Here are five recommended onsen ryokan inns and hotels that are highly rated on Japanese travel sites.
Yamanashi Prefecture, which is Tokyo's neighbor to the west, is an area with numerous gourmet dishes, including hoto (a regional dish of udon and vegetables in miso soup), grapes, nashi (pears), and wine. It is easily accessed from Tokyo by train, which takes just about two hours. Below are five recommended onsen inns to stay at when you visit Yamanashi.
Kanazawa is a place that is filled with lush nature just a little bit outside of the city. These onsen ryokan (hot spring inns) are recommended because they work to offer delicious food and you can relax there while enjoying the four seasons.
There are many lodging facilities in the outskirts of Kanazawa, but an especially famous inn that you should stay at at least once is Wakura Onsen Kagaya. It's a long-established ryokan (traditional Japanese inn) that has been chosen as #1 for the past 30 years in a ranking of 100 Japanese hotels and ryokan chosen by professionals. Here are some reasons why.
Don't you want to leisurely spend time at your lodging and prepare for the next day after enjoying a whole day's worth of sightseeing? For that reason, choosing lodging that is located at an easy-to-access place, or near a train station or tourist spots can be very convenient. Here are 5 such convenient lodgings within Kanazawa.
Kaga in Kanazawa is a hot spring district that has long been loved by men of culture and many other different kinds of people. It is an area that is recommended for its serene atmosphere and great spring quality. Below are five popular hot-spring hotels (“onsen ryokan” in Japanese) that come highly recommended if you plan to stay in Kaga.
The Tokai region is made up of the 4 prefectures of Shizuoka, Aichi, Gifu, and Mie, and is a famous region for hot springs. Here are 5 particularly recommended hot springs in the area for you to consider.
Atami in Shizuoka Prefecture is a place that boasts excellent access from Tokyo - as it only takes approximately 40 minutes to get there by train - and high-quality hot spring water. As an area that flourished as a hot spring resort in the olden days, this hot spring district has long been loved by many Japanese writers and artists. Read on to learn about the charms of Atami!
The Kyushu region is well known for having many onsen (hot springs) locations. Here are 5 selected onsen locations which can be added to your plans for additional enjoyment when touring Fukuoka. Many of the following locations can be visited just to enjoy the onsen without having to stay as a guest of the facility, so please go and visit these various locations.
Yufuin Onsen in the middle of Oita is a popular tourist destination, not only for the high quality onsen hot spring, but also for the beautiful townscape and landscape. Here are some recommended ryokan inns that will make your stay at Yufuin special.
Beppu Onsen is considered to be Japan's foremost hot spring area both in terms of the number of sources and the quantity of the water. Beppu Onsen is the general term for the numerous onsen hot springs in Beppu. There are many overnight accommodations there, but here are five that are highly recommended!
Unzen in Nagasaki Prefecture is known as a picturesque hot spring town. Below are five ryokans (Japanese inn) that are located in two hot spring districts in this area – Unzen Onsen (Unzen Hot Spring) and Obama Onsen (Obama Hot Spring). All these accommodations have been enjoying rave reviews from guests on booking sites.
Kyushu, which has one of the highest number of onsen (hot springs) in Japan, has many famous hot spring towns. The real pleasure of these towns is getting to relax in the hot spring water after a day of sightseeing, as well as getting to enjoy fantastic food. This article lists seven famous hot spring towns in Kyushu.
Onsen hot springs are one of the thrills of traveling in Japan. Onsen hot spring areas around the country have many accommodations where you can stay comfortably. This time, we introduce five such ryokans and hotels in Hiroshima popular on social media.
If you come to Japan, you want to leisurely enjoy hot springs, right? Ryokan, traditional Japanese inns, are best for that, but there are a variety of ryokan, from places where you can stay without taking meals, to ryokan where they deliver the food to your room, to ryokan that have open-air baths in each room. Here are 5 high-class ryokan where you can enjoy some luxury.
Onsen hot springs are popular tourist destinations in Japan. It's nice to steep in them and relax, but another way to appreciate them is to watch cute animals bathing! Here are five facilities where you can see animals enjoying the hot springs.