5 Best Hotels and Inns in Atami, Shizuoka – Japan’s Leading Hot Spring Resort Town
At just a stone's throw away from Tokyo, the popular hot spring town Atami is easily accessible. In addition to the onsen, the town is full of charming places to visit, such as the shopping street lined with souvenir shops in front of the station or the stunning sea. This article will give you a basic introduction to Atami, while introducing five of the best places to stay.
Located in eastern Shizuoka Prefecture, Atami is one of Japan’s leading onsen towns. With steam from hot spring sources rising up all over town, there are copious bathing facilities on offer for both overnight stays and day trips. It is easily accessible - from Tokyo Station, a Hikari train on the Tokaido Shinkansen line takes around 40 minutes. Atami’s warm climate allows you to enjoy beautiful flowers year-round, and the extremely popular Atami Fireworks Display is a spectacular event held more than 10 times throughout the year.
Taiseikan is a 3-minute walk from Ajiro Station, which is a 15-minute train ride from JR Atami Station. Overlooking the vast Sagami Bay, this ryokan boasts a magnificent ocean view. Taiseikan has six types of baths that utilize hot spring water coming from a source within the grounds. These offer much to enjoy, from the beautiful sea view of the private bathing rooms to the scent of the large shared bath made from Japanese cypress wood. You should definitely choose a guest room that comes with a private open-air bath. This setup allows anyone to enjoy a relaxing onsen all to themselves.
2. Atami Juraku Hotel
Atami Juraku is a 3-minute walk from JR Atami Station. There are many types of guest rooms, including those with their own private open-air baths and those that offer Japanese-style tatami flooring alongside a Western-style bed. Making excellent use of the high ground on which the hotel is situated, guest rooms offer a sweeping view of the onsen town meeting the ocean. Especially popular are the guest rooms where you can watch the aforementioned fireworks display in all its glory. The hotel's onsen is a weak salt spring that will warm you to your core while leaving you with beautiful skin. Enjoy both the indoor and open-air large shared baths!
3. Atami New Fujiya Hotel
Atami New Fujiya Hotel is a 15-minute walk from JR Atami Station. They offer three different baths with distinctive ambiances, and their water comes from different spring sources. New Fujiya is one of four hotels in the area owned by the same group, so you can make use of the group's private tour bus and indulge in a day trip to their other hotel onsen nearby*. In addition to the onsen, they have a range of extras for you to enjoy, such as a buffet boasting a full menu of over 100 dishes and free karaoke.
*Hotel Oonoya, the next hotel on the list, is among these four.
4. Hotel Oonoya
Located right next to the sea, Hotel Oonoya is about a 10-minute bus ride from Atami Station. As well as various types of guest rooms, including those offering a sea view, there is a variety of elaborately designed bathing rooms. Outdoor baths overlooking the ocean are popular, but the indoor baths are also uniquely themed. For example, if you want to feel like you have stepped back in time to Ancient Rome, check out the Roman Bath, which measures more than 400 sq.m. and can accommodate up to 300 people at once.
5. Atami Onsen Sakuraya Ryokan
Atami Onsen Sakuraya Ryokan is a 5-minute walk from JR Atami Station. As well as indulging in the various shared bathing facilities including open-air baths and saunas, the baths in every guest room also use onsen water, meaning you can soak in your private onsen to your heart’s content. There are a variety of guest rooms, such as rooms based on traditional Japanese lacquer craft (urushi). They also have a reputation for fabulous food, with a particularly impressive supply of high-quality fresh seafood from Atami’s ocean.
Atami has plenty more to offer, including many notable goods and famous food products. It is definitely worth a visit!
*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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