Japanese hot springs are world renowned for their beauty and excellence. With over 3000 scattered across the tiny country, Japan has the most hot springs in the world! Next time you find yourself in the land of the rising sun, relax by taking a dip in these natural hot springs.
Sawada-kōen Outdoor Onsen
Arguably one of the most remarkable hot springs in the country, Sawada-koen offers an incredible view of the Pacific Ocean. Like many hot springs in Japan, men and women bathe separately. Take note, this onsen is very popular! For maximum relaxation, visit during a weekday or very early on a weekend. From here, you can experience an incredible view of the setting sun.
Have you ever dreamed of bathing in natural waters in a jungle next to a waterfall? Of course, in Japan you can! Whatsmore, this tropical paradise is open for FREE to the public. A changing area is provided and families are welcome to bathe together as it is a mixed onsen. Swimwear should be worn at this onsen.
Beppu, located in Oita Prefecture on Kyushu Island is home to some of Japan’s most unique hot springs. This town is famous for its “hells”which are for viewing, not for bathing. However, when visiting Beppu make sure to go to Takegawara Onsen. This hot spring, originally built in 1879, also features a sand bath. Bathers lay face up in the sand while an attendant buries the visitor up to the neck in warm, calming sands.
The hot springs in Hakone are famous for their proximity to Tokyo and their incredible views of Mt. Fuji. In this town, visitors can enjoy both the hot spring baths and public bathhouses. Many Japanese style hotels allow non-guests to bathe in their baths for a fee. Hakone Green Plaza Hotel offers outdoor baths with a view of Mt. Fuji. Be sure to visit on a clear day for the best view.
Located near the snow monkey park, Shibu Onsen is a old street lined with ryokans and public bath houses. This incredible area dates back to 1303 when monks discovered the healing benefits of the hot spring waters. This town has a long, rich history. Powerful samurai and leaders would travel here to heal in the hot waters. Today, the town is a beautiful place to escape and experience quiet Japanese life. Kokuya Ryokan is over 400 years old and offers some of the most incredible private bathing experiences in this area.