Enjoy An Open, Natural Hot Spring! 5 Recommended Shizuoka Accommodations with Open-Air Hot Spring Baths
Shizuoka is full of high quality hot spring regions, such as the famous Atami. Here are some recommended lodging facilities with open-air baths featuring natural hot spring water.
1. Japanese Cultural Heritage Ochiairo Murakami
This veteran ryokan (traditional Japanese inn) is in Izu's Amagi Yugashima Onsen. The grounds are over 9,900 square meters, yet there are only 15 guestrooms. The building fuses Japanese traditional architecture with modern design, and 7 places throughout the facility such as the foyer have been registered as national tangible cultural properties.
Within the facility are a large open-air bath made of stone, a large half-open bath, and a private open-air bath available via reservation. There are also guestrooms with their own open-air bath and foot baths included, and all of these baths use natural spring water. You can take a long soak in the hot bath while listening to the babbling of the river right next to you. All the guestrooms have free Wi-Fi and there are English and Chinese speaking staff available.
2. Isaribi (Izuokawa Onsen)
This inn is in Izuokawa Onsen, and it has 12 guestrooms that all have private open-air baths - what a luxury! While you soak in the bath, you can gaze out on the beautiful view of the ocean and mountains. There is also an open-air bath surrounded by trees with a view of the ocean as well as a large, comfortable indoor bath. You can enjoy the famous water that's said to help keep your skin soft. The entire facility has free Wi-Fi, and there are English speaking staff available.
3. Umibe no Kakureyu Seiryu (Nishiizu)
This is a popular inn in the Nishiizu area, a famous area that's said to have the most beautiful sunset in Japan. There are various baths within the hotel, and the one they're most proud of is the open-air bath with waves where you can enjoy the view of the wide ocean spreading in front of you. It overflows with rustic beauty, and you can enjoy one of the best baths of your life as you listen to the sea roar and feel the ocean wind. They also have a private half-open air bath and a large bath with a panoramic view. There are also guestrooms with their own open-air baths. All guestrooms have free Wi-Fi, and there are Chinese and Thai speaking staff.
4. Sanyo-so (Izunagaoka Onsen)
This ryokan is at the foot of the mountain in Izunagaoka Onsen and has a beautiful Japanese garden of over 9,900 square meters. You can enjoy a lovely view of nature from the guestrooms, including the seasonal flora like cherry blossoms, autumn foliage, or plums. They have a large open-air bath and an indoor bath that's completely surrounded by glass. The spring water doesn't smell and will soften your skin. It is also said to be good for beautifying skin, neuralgia, and sensitivity to cold. Most of the grounds have free Wi-Fi, and there are English and Chinese speaking staff.
5. Atami TENSUI (Atami Onsen)
This is an auberge (French-style inn and restaurant) in Atami, one of Japan's most famous onsen regions. Some of the reasons for its popularity are the original dishes made by fusing Japanese food with the essence of European cuisine as well as the stylish interior designs. Within the facility is a large bath, an open-air bath where you can gaze at the faraway Sagami Bay, a hot tub, and an indoor bath. The water will soften your skin and is said to have beautifying properties. Also, you can choose from various guestrooms including some with a modern atmosphere, some with a private open-air bath, and Japanese-style rooms with tatami flooring.
There are all sorts of open-air baths depending on the inn, from large shared public baths to private open-air baths in your guestroom! Please enjoy the comfort of bathing outside and feeling like you've become one with the sky.
*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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