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18 hot springs in Minakami Sarugakyo onsen

18 hot springs in Minakami: enjoy onsen in a town blessed with abundant nature and water resource

Located in the northern part of Gunma Prefecture, Minakami is a town with rich water resources surrounded by grand mountains. Recently, the town has b…

Nasu onsen Nasu Kogen Plateau resort

Nasu Onsen: still cool in summer! Onsen on the plateau

Nasu Onsen refers to several onsen areas located in the resorts on the Nasu Kogen Plateau in Tochigi Prefecture collectively. Opened over 1,300 years …

Naruko Onsen-Kyo Village

Naruko Onsen-Kyo Village: diverse waters in Tohoku’s great spa town

At the northernmost point of Miyagi Prefecture are the five hot springs that make up Naruko Onsen-kyo Village. This prominent hot spring area in Tohok…

Hanamaki Onsen-kyo

Hanamaki Onsen-kyo: A dozen hot springs in a town of flowers

In the western part of Iwate Prefecture’s Hanamaki City, centered along the Dai-gawa and Toyosawa-gawa rivers flowing through the mountains, is the ho…

Noboribetsu Onsen

Noboribetsu Onsen: feel the earth’s power at Hokkaido’s premier hot spring area

Noboribetsu is a coastal city in southwestern Hokkaido. About 6km from the city Noboribetsu Onsen sits in the mountains among the remains of a volcani…

Kinugawa Onsen

Kinugawa Onsen: Impressive view of a grand valley at one of the biggest onsen resorts in Kanto

Nikko in Tochigi Prefecture is among the most popular tourist destinations in Japan. Located along the valley upstream of the Kinugawa River, Kinugawa…

Izu shimoda onsen

Izu Shimoda Onsen: feel the winds from foreign lands at this hot spring port town

Shimoda City in Shizuoka Prefecture, at the southern tip of the Izu Peninsula. Emerging from the ticket gate of Izukyu-Shimoda Station, you are greete…

Atami onsen

Atami Onsen: a 1,200 year-old hot spring resort by the sea

An hour and a half from Tokyo in the coastal city of Atami in Shizuoka Prefecture is the hot spring town of Atami Onsen. In the legends of the land, d…

Kaike onsen

Kaike Onsen: unwind on an exquisite coastline of white sand and blue pine trees

In northwestern Tottori Prefecture, Yonago City is home to one of the most popular hot spring areas in the San-in region, Kaike Onsen which overlooks …

Ibusuki Onsen

Ibusuki Onsen: Warm up your body and soul with a steam sand bath and onsen with a gorgeous view

Ibusuki Onsen used to be called “Yuhosuki,” represented by Chinese letters that mean an accommodation with abundant hot water. During the Edo period (…

Tamatsukuri Onsen

Tamatsukuri Onsen: famed beautifying hot springs rejuvenating skin since ancient times

About a 15-minute drive from the center of Matsue City in Shimane Prefecture, Japan’s 7th largest lake, Lake Shinji, receives the currents of the Tama…

Beppu onsen

Beppu Onsen: Onsen town with abundant spring resources and various types of spring water

Surrounded by the ocean and mountains, Beppu City, Oita Prefecture is an onsen town with the greatest number of spring resources and the largest amoun…

wakura onsen Noto Peninsula seaside

Wakura Onsen: a seaside hot spring town discovered by the White Heron

Set on Ishikawa Prefecture’s Noto Peninsula, Wakura Onsen is an “ocean hot spring,” rare even in Japan, characterized by abundant salt content. The th…

Yufuin Onsen

Yufuin Onsen: hot springs cradled in Mount Yufu-dake amid the beauty of nature

Yufu-dake in northeastern Oita Prefecture has been revered as a divine mountain from time immemorial, appearing in the oldest surviving poetry collect…

Ito Onsen

Ito Onsen: a seaside onsen town adored by Japan’s cultural figures

Ito Onsen, located in Ito City, Shizuoka Prefecture on the eastern side of the Izu Peninsula, is a hot spring district particularly popular within the…

Arima onsen

Arima Onsen: visiting the historic onsen loved by feudal lord Toyotomi Hideyoshi in Kansai

Located in Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture, Arima Onsen is a historic onsen town attracting not only the locals but also onsen fans throughout the nation.…

hakone onsen

Hakone Onsen: One of the most popular onsen in Japan with great access from Tokyo

Hakone has great access from Tokyo, only about one and a half hours by train, providing a perfect place not only for overnight stays but also for quic…

togatta onsen kokeshi doll

Togatta Onsen: An onsen town preserving the tradition of cute kokeshi dolls

At the foot of Mount Zao on the border between Miyagi Prefecture and Yamagata Prefecture, Togatta Onsen is located in the plateau area at 330 meters o…

Kusatsu onsen yubatake yumomi

Kusatsu Onsen: Japan’s famous hot spring, symbolized by the “Yubatake”

Kusatsu Onsen in Gunma Prefecture is one of the onsen resorts near Tokyo. With a unique culture, such as “Yubatake” and “Yumomi,” as well as full-fled…

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Ikaho Onsen: An atmospheric onsen town of the iconic stone steps

On the side of Mount Haruna in Shibukawa City of Gunma Prefecture lies Ikaho Onsen, a hot spring town with over 400 years of history. Its symbol is th…

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Kami-Suwa Onsen: A lakeside onsen town for the sophisticated traveler

Located in the central part of Nagano Prefecture, Kami-Suwa Onsen town spreads out along the eastern side of Lake Suwa, the prefecture’s largest lake …

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Nyutou Onsen: Hot spring connoisseurs’ favorite hidden gem surrounded by mountains

Located at the foot of Mount Nyuto in Akita Prefecture, the Tohoku Region, Nyuto Onsen Village is a nature-rich resort which is home to seven hot spri…

Travelling by Local Railway in Tohoku

In Japan, railway lines with a small passenger capacity are called “local railways.” There are many popular railways serving as sightseeing trains run…

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Let’s Go Around Lake Biwa by Bicycle!

Lake Biwa in Shiga Prefecture is the biggest lake in Japan. A cycling route around the lake, called “BIWAICHI,” has been selected as one of the Nation…

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Iizaka Onsen: Revitalize Yourself with Hot Spring Water and Fruit

Iizaka Onsen is located in Fukushima City, an inland area of Fukushima Prefecture. Recognized as one of the three best hot springs in Oshu (the Tohoku…

asamushi onsen

Asamushi Onsen: Great onsen surrounded by the ocean and mountains

Located at the base of the Natsudomari Peninsula facing Mutsu Bay in Aomori Prefecture at the northern edge of the main island of Honshu, Asamushi Ons…

Bessho Onsen: Onsen with more than 1,000 years of history

Ueda Dentetsu Bessho Line and Bessho Onsen Located in Ueda City, Nagano Prefecture, Bessho Onsen is an old hot spring town with more than 1,000 years …

Higashiya Ryokan

Shirabu Onsen: A quiet time surrounded by pure white snow

Located in Yonezawa City, Yamagawa Prefecture, Shirabu Onsen is a long-established onsen with a history of more than 700 years. Featuring a clear and …

Unzen onsen: feel the heat from “hell”

Located in Nagasaki Prefecture on Kyushu Island, Unzen has been widely known as an onsen site, as the name “Unzen” is said to come from the sound of “…

onsen in kitakinki

Enjoy the Cold Winter in Onsen North Kansai

Located across the northern part of Kyoto Prefecture and the northern part of Hyogo Prefecture, North Kansai has many onsen sites. The area is popular…

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Yamanaka Onsen: Onsen in a valley with a history and traditional culture of 1,300 years

Yamanaka Onsen in Ishikawa Prefecture has a long history: it is said that the famous Buddhist priest, Gyoki, discovered the onsen about 1,300 years ag…

Nagato Yumoto Onsen: A traditional hot spring town that is being renovated for the future

Nagato Yumoto Onsen is located in Nagato City in Yamaguchi Prefecture, the westernmost point of Honshu (the main island of Japan). It is the oldest ho…

Togura Kamiyamada Onsen: A peaceful hot spring town with abundant blessings from the mountains around

A retro-flavored onsen resort with unspoiled scenery of “good old” Japan provides a perfect place to stroll around in nature and feel refreshed mental…

Shizuoka Prefecture–Feel the Overwhelming Presence of Mount Fuji!

Facing the Pacific Ocean and located at the near center of the main island of Honshu, Shizuoka Prefecture has great access with easy access from Tokyo…

Kirishima Onsen: Hot Springs and Delicious Food from the Mountain

Located almost in the center of Kagoshima Prefecture, Kirishima City has for background magnificent Mount Kirishima, the main peak of which, Takachiho…

Enjoy a winter trip with snow!

Enjoy a winter trip with snow activities, scenery, onsen, and much more! There are many attractive places where you can fully enjoy the best part of w…

Koganezaki Furofushi Onsen:Soaking in an open-air bath while watching the sunset sinking over the horizon and listening to the sound of the surf provides the ultimate in relaxation time.

Koganezaki Furofushi Onsen is in Aomori Prefecture and its open-air baths at the rocky beach offer a splendid view of the Sea of Japan and the coast c…

yudanaka shibu onsen

Yudanaka Shibu Onsen: A scenic onsen town loved by a prominent haiku poet

Located in Yamanouchi Town, Shimotakai County, Nagano Prefecture, the Yudanaka Shibu Onsen Town which opened more than 1,350 years ago, has many Japan…

Isawa Onsen

Isawa Onsen: one of the biggest onsen resorts in Yamanashi, a prefecture of hot springs

It takes 90 minutes by limited express train from Tokyo to get to Isawa Onsen located almost at the center of the Kofu Basin. With easy access from th…

Dogo Onsen

Dogo Onsen: enjoy an historic onsen and fine onsen town

Located in Matsuyama City, Ehime Prefecture, in the north-west part of Shikoku Island, Dogo Onsen is one of the oldest onsen in Japan and its history …

Ureshino Onsen

Ureshino Onsen: A hot spring resort offering relaxation and beauty

Ureshino Onsen flourished during the Edo period (1603-1867) as a post town located along the Nagasaki Kaido Road connecting Kokura in Kitakyushu City …

Bandai Atami Onsen

Bandai Atami Onsen: An onsen resort with the legend of “onsen for beautiful skin”

Photo:Koriyama City Tourist Association Located in Koriyama City, Fukushima Prefecture, Bandai Atami Onsen is said to be named after the area related …

yugawara onsen

Yugawara Onsen: An onsen town with a history of more than 1,000 years, healing people’s wounds and attracting people

Located within 60 minutes by limited train from Yokohama, Yugawara Onsen in Kanagawa Prefecture is said to be one of the oldest onsen hot springs in t…

sukayu onsen

Sukayu Onsen: The historic “fountain of healing above the clouds”

Sukayu is located 925 meters above sea level atop the refreshing highlands of the western base of Mount Odake, the main peak of the Hakkoda Mountains …

Kurokawa Onsen

Kurokawa Onsen: a choice of springs in this elegant onsen village

Deep in the mountainous hinterlands of Kyushu is the hot spring village of Kurokawa Onsen near the border of Oita and Kumamoto prefectures. The entire…

Sounkyo Onsen

Sounkyo Onsen: An onsen resort tucked in a gorge of the northern outdoors

Located in Hokkaido’s immense Daisetsuzan National Park is Sounkyo, a gorge that showcases the magnificent natural landscape of the area. Tucked insid…

Kaminoyama Onsen

Kaminoyama Onsen: Mild Onsen in an attractive castle town

Located in Kaminoyama City, Yamagata Prefecture and surrounded by mountains, such the Zao Mountains, Kaminoyama Onsen is ranked one of the “Ou Sanraku…

Gero Onsen

Gero Onsen: Be moved by this hot spring village in the mountains

Nestled in the middle of Japan in Gifu Prefecture’s Hida River basin, is Gero Onsen, one of the three great springs of the nation. Adored by people fo…

Tsuetate Onsen carp streamers

Tsuetate Onsen: Where carp streamers billow in the steam of the hot springs

On the border of Kumamoto and Oita prefectures in Kyushu is to be found Tsuetate Onsen, located in the valley of the Tsuetate-gawa River at the end of…

Iya Shin-iya Onsen

Iya / Shin-Iya Onsen: bathe in a canyon amid nature’s splendor

Iya Valley is in the mountainous center of Shikoku near the border between western Tokushima and Kochi prefectures. Cliffs from dozens meters up to se…

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Unazuki Onsen: One of the best onsen areas in the Hokuriku region, at a beautiful gorge

Along the Kurobe-gawa River which flows between the Tateyama Mountains and Ushirotateyama Mountains in Toyama Prefecture, there is large valley, Kurob…

Tokachi onsen Tokachi Ranch

Tokachigawa Onsen: An Onsen Village featuring “moor hot springs” rare in Japan

A 20-minute bus ride from eastern Hokkaido’s Obihiro City is Tokachigawa Onsen. It is located in Otofuke Town in the middle of the Tokachi Plain. Open…

Akiu Onsen

Akiu Onsen: A hot spring in the great outdoors once beloved by Japan’s famous warlord

A 30-minute drive from Sendai Station in Miyagi Prefecture to the west brings you to Akiu Onsen on the upper stream of the Natori-gawa River, which is…

Niseko Onsen

Niseko Onsen: Onsen town with many things to enjoy, from onsen to various activities

Known as a great place for skiing and snowboarding, Niseko Town is one of the heaviest snowfall areas in Hokkaido. The powder snow in this area makes …

Awara Onsen

Awara Onsen: One of the biggest onsen towns in Fukui, home to a food stall village with a cozy atmosphere

Located in the northern part of Fukui Prefecture with hilly terrain to the north and a paddy field zone to the south, Awara Onsen is one of the bigges…

Yamaga Onsen

Yamaga Onsen: A cozy hot spring town preserving the culture and townscape of yesteryear

During the Edo period (1603-1868), daimyo (provincial lords) frequented Buzen Kaido, the highway connecting Kumamoto Prefecture and Northern Kyushu th…

yumura onsen Shosenkyo Gorge

Shingen no Yu, Yumura Onsen: Famous hot springs beloved by warlords and cultural figures

“Shingen no Yu, Yumura Onsen” is an onsen town in Kofu, Yamanashi Prefecture, known to be one of the “hidden hot springs” visited by Takeda Shingen, a…

Shima onsen

Shima Onsen: Recharge with the power of nature at this secluded hot spring resort

In northwestern Gunma Prefecture near its border with Niigata Prefecture is Shima Onsen, located on the eastern side of Joshin’etsukogen National Park…

Okuhida onsengo sinnhotaka onsen

Okuhida Onsengo: Onsen paradise in the Hida Mountains, rich in abundant hot spring water

Okuhida Onsengo (Okuhida Onsen Village) in Gifu Prefecture is an onsen paradise surrounded by the Hida Mountains, which are called “the roof of Japan.…

Nanki Shirahama Onsen

Nanki Shirahama Onsen: 15 springs! Hot springs and sightseeing abound. This Japanese beach resort has it all!

Nanki Shirahama Onsen is one of the most prominent hot spring resorts in the the Kinan region of southern Wakayama Prefecture. From resort hotels to r…

Yamashiro Onsen

Yamashiro Onsen: a prestigious onsen beloved by a great artist

Yamashiro Onsen is part of Kaga Onsen-kyo in Ishikawa Prefecture, which is known for high-quality spring water. The history dates to more than 1,300 y…

Kinosaki onsen

Kinosaki Onsen: Onsen-hop at a historic hot spring town overlooked by a temple

Kinosaki Onsen is located in the northern part of Hyogo Prefecture on the western, Sea of Japan side of Japan. The area abounds in nature, surrounded …

Zao Onsen

Zao Onsen: 1,900 years since its opening! One of the oldest onsen towns in Japan

Straddling Yamagata Prefecture and Miyagi Prefecture, Zao Onsen used to prosper as the west-side entrance to the Zao Mountains for worshipping of the …

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Yunokawa Onsen: coastal onsen resort with great night view

Stretching along the coastline, Yunokawa Onsen is about 5 minutes by car from Hakodate Airport. The town is Yunokawa Onsen and it is one of the three …