Conveniently located only an hour and a half from Tokyo by car or local train, Hakone Onsen features a number of hot springs, day spas and resorts. Visitors can choose to stay in a traditional ryokan or opt for a Western-style hotel.
If you are planning to visit Fukuoka, this onsen at the base of Mt. Yufu is a must-see. One of the most famous hot spring resorts in Kyushu, Yufuin has become especially popular among tourists seeking a more rural onsen experience.
Located just two hours from Tokyo by bus, this onsen sits at the base of the legendary Mt. Fuji. The hot baths, as well as the accommodations, are designed to give guests a clear view of the mountain at all times.
Located in a castle town, this is the perfect trip for travelers looking to escape the hustle and bustle of modern Japan. The streets and neighborhoods of Hida-Takayama have maintained their “Old Japan” feel, but don’t let that scare you away if you don’t speak Japanese. The recent boom in tourism has led to the development of street signs and accommodation that cater to foreign visitors.
The Beppu Onsen is the largest hot spring resort in the world. The onsen is divided into eight separate hot spring areas, each with its own unique characteristics and scenery. Not far from the public baths are the “Hells of Beppu,” a group of hot springs too hot for bathing, but still worth visiting for their scenic beauty.
This is Hokkaido’s most famous hot spring resort, located roughly an hour by car from Sapporo city. Guests are treated to a view of the snowy mountain landscape while keeping warm in the hot baths – a must-visit for anyone planning to make the trek up to Hokkaido.
It is said that the waters of Kurokawa Onsen can heal nerve pain, muscle aches, and even hysteria. True or not, the quiet inns and open-air hot springs of the resort are certain to calm even the most tightly wound members of your travel group.
This unique resort features a hot sand spring in addition to the standard onsen bath. Here, guests wear a yukata and are covered in hot steamed sand, which is said to have positive effects on both health and beauty.
No trip to Nagano would be complete without a visit to Jigokudani Monkey Park, the most famous attraction of this mountain onsen resort. Visitors can watch families of snow monkeys bathe in the park’s natural hot springs. The monkeys have become accustomed to humans and don’t seem to mind if you get up close to them – just be sure to take pictures with the flash turned off!
This onsen in Gifu prefecture is famous for its crystal clear water, said to be safe for bathers of all ages – including babies. The hot spring resort has been open since the 10th century and is surrounded by rich nature and a traditional farming village.