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Onsen Ranking :Top 30 Hot springs in Japan

Japan has over 3,000 hot springs throughout the country. Surprisingly, these hot springs are not the same. A variety of hot springs can be found in Japan. We recommend best popular Onsen top30, to enjoy your trip.
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Onsen Ranking :Top 30 Hot springs in Japan

Index

  • No.1 Hakone Yumoto Onsen (Kanagawa)

  • No.2 Kinugawa Onsen (Tochigi)

  • No.3 Ito Onsen (Shizuoka)

  • No.4 Beppu Onsen (Oita)

  • No.5 Atami Spa (Shizuoka)

  • No.6 Gora Onsen (Kanagawa)

  • No.7 Shibu Onsen (Nagano)

  • No.8 Nyutou Onsen (Akita)

  • No.9 Nanki-Shirahama Onsen (Wakayama)

  • No.10 Nasuyumoto Onsen (Tochigi)

  • No.11 Arima Onsen (Hyogo)

  • No.12 Yokoya Onsen (Nagano)

  • No.13 Gero Onsen (Gifu)

  • No.14 Nakanoyu Onsen (Nagano)

  • No.15 Yunishigawa Onsen (Tochigi)

  • No.16 Inatori Onsen (Shizuoka)

  • No.17 Oirase Keiryu Onsen (Aomori)

  • No.18 Ogoto Onsen (Shiga)

  • No.19 Konpira Onsenkyo (Kagawa)

  • No.20 Shiobara Hot Springs Area (Tochigi)

  • No.21 Hirayu Onsen (Gifu)

  • No.22 Katsuura Mikazuki Onsen (Chiba)

  • No.23 Shuzenji Spa (Shizuoka)

  • No.24 Hagi Onsenkyo (Yamaguchi)

  • No.25 Kawaji Onsen (Tochigi)

  • No.26 Iizaka Onsen (Fukushima)

  • No.27 Toi Onsen (Shizuoka)

  • No.28 Takaragawa Onsen (Gunma)

  • No.29 Ikaho Onsen (Gunma)

  • No.30 Kannawa Onsen (Oita)

  • No.1 Hakone Yumoto Onsen (Kanagawa)

    The oldest of Hakone's hot spring villages, Hakone Yumoto Onsen was first developed in the Nara period, in the year 757 by Jojobo, an apprentice of the Shugendo monk Taicho, according to legend. In the Edo period, the village prospered thanks to its position on the Tokaido, one of the great Five Highways, and visitors can learn about the history of the area and Hakone from the Warring States period to the Edo period while exploring the village. Yumoto Onsen is also the largest of Hakone's hot spring villages, and the bath facilities of many of the innumerable long-standing traditional ryokan hot spring inns located near the station are open to non-guests, making it easy for visitors to enjoy a casual day of hot spring bathing. One of Hakone's most famous souvenirs is its yosegi-zaiku wooden mosaic work, a craft which emerged during the Edo period.

    No.1 Hakone Yumoto Onsen (Kanagawa)

    No.1 Hakone Yumoto Onsen (Kanagawa)

    箱根湯本温泉
    Address
    神奈川県足柄下郡箱根町湯本
    Phone
    0460855700
  • No.2 Kinugawa Onsen (Tochigi)

    This hot spring district sprawling along the Kinugawa River is one of the largest in the country. The area's hot springs were discovered on the grounds of a Shinto shrine in the Edo period and it is said that only lords and high priests were allowed to bathe in their waters. The area's alkaline simple springs have a smooth and velvety feel and are said to aid in recovery from fatigue and promote health in addition to alleviating nerve pain, muscle soreness, and skin disease. The area is dotted with renowned things to see and do, including Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura, Tobu World Square, and the Kinugawa Line Kudari River Cruise, and the district bustles with tourists making use of the hot spring village as a base for sightseeing activities.

    No.2 Kinugawa Onsen (Tochigi)

    No.2 Kinugawa Onsen (Tochigi)

    Kinugawa Onsen
    Address
    Tochigi Pref. Nikkoushi Kinugawaonsentaki · Fujiwara/Ohara
    Phone
    0288221525
  • No.3 Ito Onsen (Shizuoka)

    A hot spring district with a long history dating back to its discovery in the Heian period. In the Edo period, the area's waters were gifted to the mighty Tokugawa clan. There are over 700 source springs in the area generating an astounding 30 thousand liters of hot water per minute, one of the greatest volumes in the country, and visitors can enjoy bathing in tubs constantly replenished kakenagashi style from a source spring at many bathhouse facilities in the city. The qualities of the springs differ slightly depending on location, but in general they are clear mildly saline springs and simple springs. Mildly saline springs are renowned for their heat retention properties which prevent post-bath chills. The area's simple springs are gentle on the skin, ensuring their waters can be used comfortably by men and women of all ages.

    No.3 Ito Onsen (Shizuoka)

    No.3 Ito Onsen (Shizuoka)

    Ito Onsen
    Address
    Shizuoka Prefecture Ito city
    Phone
    0557376105
  • No.4 Beppu Onsen (Oita)

    A hot spring district boasting some of the largest number of source springs and greatest amount of water flow in the country. Each year some four million visitors come here. In addition to Beppu, the area is dotted with eight other large hot spring districts-Kannawa, Myoban, Hamawaki, Shibaseki, Kankaiji, Horita, and Kamegawa - and for ages they have been called the Eight Beppu Hot Springs by medicinal hot spring-lovers. In addition to traditional hot spring inns, there are also sand baths, footbaths, drinkable hot spring water facilities, day trip hot spring facilities, and an abundance of other hot spring and bathing facilities standing eave to eave here, and visitors can enjoy hot spring waters in a variety of ways.

    No.4 Beppu Onsen (Oita)

    No.4 Beppu Onsen (Oita)

    Beppu Onsen
    Address
    Beppu City, Oita Prefecture
    Phone
    0977242828
  • No.5 Atami Spa (Shizuoka)

    A hot spring district with a long history said to have been used by the mighty Tokugawa Ieyasu and numerous other powerful historical personages, famous people, and members of the Imperial Family. Generating some 16,000 liters daily, one of the greatest volumes in the country, this hot spring village is considered one of Japan's top three. Atami means hot ocean, and legend has it this name is derived from a time when hot spring waters welled up from the bed of the nearby ocean, making it so hot that the fish in it died. The area is home to over 500 source springs, which are generally three types-chloride spring, sulfate spring, or simple spring. All are said to aid recovery from fatigue and promote health as well as ease muscle soreness, nerve pain, chronic skin diseases, and a variety of other conditions.

    No.5 Atami Spa (Shizuoka)

    No.5 Atami Spa (Shizuoka)

    Atami Spa
    Address
    Shizuoka Prefecture Atami city
    Phone
    0557852222
  • No.6 Gora Onsen (Kanagawa)

    A hot spring district whose waters were first successfully extracted in 1949. Today, the area has 46 source springs categorized into three different types; their waters can reach up to 95° C, with the springs containing higher and higher quantities of sodium chloride the higher their temperature. Here visitors can enjoy five different hot spring varieties and due to their differing colors, this area is also known as the five pastel colors hot spring. The waters of these springs provide a variety of health benefits. In addition to being able to enjoy lovely seasonal scenery from the area's baths, exploring the town and visiting local facilities such as the Hakone Museum of Art, the Hakone Open-Air Museum, and the Hakone Meissen Antique Museum is also fun. The Hakone Gora Summer Festival Daimonji Yaki, held in mid-August, is a massive event which includes a fireworks display, performances, and, most famously, the use of huge fires on a hillside to write out the character for big.

    No.6 Gora Onsen (Kanagawa)

    No.6 Gora Onsen (Kanagawa)

    強羅温泉
    Address
    神奈川県足柄下郡箱根町強羅
    Phone
    0460822300
  • No.7 Shibu Onsen (Nagano)

    A hot spring district with a long history which records state was discovered by the great priest Gyoki in the Nara period. The area boasts such a large number of source springs and such an abundance of hot spring water that you can dig practically anywhere into the ground and soon find piping hot water bubbling up from below. In addition to hot spring hotels, there are nine public bathhouses in the area, and visitors can go on the traditional Kyu-to Meguri pilgrimage and try all nine for free to compare and contrast (limited to persons staying overnight in the district). Each of the Kyu-to Meguri bathhouses makes use of a different source spring with differing water qualities, and pilgrims can get a special tenugui hand towel stamped at each bathhouse as proof of their visit. The pilgrimage ends with a visit to the Shibutaka Yakushi Temple, which offers a sweeping view of the district, to receive one final stamp that is said to grant one's wish as well as protection from misfortune, safe childbirth and child rearing, and youth and longevity.

    No.7 Shibu Onsen (Nagano)

    No.7 Shibu Onsen (Nagano)

    Shibu Onsen
    Address
    Nagano Pref. Shimotakaigunyamanouchimachi Hirao
    Phone
    0269332921
  • No.8 Nyutou Onsen (Akita)

    The collective term for the seven hot spring districts which dot the region at the foot of Mt. Nyutouzan straddling Akita Prefecture and Iwate Prefecture, the area has also been designated a National Hot Spring Health Resorts. This scenic hot spring region, rich in natural beauty, is surrounded by Mt. Akita-Komagatake and other revered mountains and is also a popular base for mountain climbing activities. Over 10 different types of source springs with differing qualities are found here, and visitors can enjoy a variety of hot spring waters depending on the location. There is a pass sold which provides access to seven hot spring bathhouses and tour busses also operate in the area where visit different hot springs, attracting large numbers of hot spring lovers.

    No.8 Nyutou Onsen (Akita)

    No.8 Nyutou Onsen (Akita)

    Nyutou Onsen
    Address
    Akita Pref. Sembokushi Tazawakobonai Komagatake
    Phone
    0187432111
  • No.9 Nanki-Shirahama Onsen (Wakayama)

    A hot spring district which was discovered over 1,300 years ago and which is considered one of Japan's three greatest ancient hot spring sites. Also noted in the ancient Man'yoshu and the Nihon Shoki, records state that many nobles and members of the Imperial Family, such as Empress Saimei and Emperor Monmu, bathed here. One of the highlights of this hot spring district is its location, which offers a commanding view of beautiful white sand beach and vast blue ocean, and the area bustles with tourists and hot spring-lovers particularly during swimming season. hydrogen carbonate springs, chloride spring, and sulfur springs are found in the area, differing by location and facility, and visitors can also enjoy bathing in and comparing their varying qualities.

    No.9 Nanki-Shirahama Onsen (Wakayama)

    No.9 Nanki-Shirahama Onsen (Wakayama)

    Nanki-Shirahama Onsen
    Address
    Wakayama Pref. Nishimurogunshirahamachou
    Phone
    0739435511
  • No.10 Nasuyumoto Onsen (Tochigi)

    The Nasu Onsenkyo hot spring district sprawls along the side of 1,915 meter tall Mt. Chausu, Tochigi Prefecture's only active volcano. The Nasuyumoto Onsen (Shika no Yu) hot spring boasts the longest history of any on the mountain and was discovered some 1,380 years ago in 630. It is the 32nd oldest discovered hot spring in Japan and the oldest in Tochigi Prefecture, having been discovered even earlier than even Shiobara and Nikko's vaunted waters. Today, the waters of this sulfur spring are used by the Shika no Yu public bathhouse, which stands near the famous Killing Stone, a rock which legend says was once a tricky nine-tailed fox. The waters of this spring are said to treat such ailments as skin diseases, women's diseases, gastrointestinal disorders, and fatigue. Piping hot, they range from 63 to 80° C, and because the bathhouse also keeps the temperatures of its tubs quite high, it recommends bathers make use of a unique system of timed bathing handed down since ancient times in order to avoid overheating.

    No.10 Nasuyumoto Onsen (Tochigi)

    No.10 Nasuyumoto Onsen (Tochigi)

    那須温泉
    Address
    栃木県那須郡那須町湯本
    Phone
    0287762619
  • No.11 Arima Onsen (Hyogo)

    This hot spring district, Japan's oldest, is noted in the Nihon Shoki, The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon, and many other ancient texts. It is said the area was a favorite of many intellectuals and emperors, as well, including Emperor Jomei and Emperor Kotoku. The area's springs are a mixture of carbon dioxide springs, chloride springs, and five other spring varieties, something found hardly anywhere in the world; containing an abundance of minerals and metasilicic acid, their waters have powerful antibacterial and moisturizing properties. They are said to aid recovery from fatigue and promote health in addition to alleviating eczema, hives, atopy, and other skin diseases; burns; cuts; and a variety of other ailments.

    No.11 Arima Onsen (Hyogo)

    No.11 Arima Onsen (Hyogo)

    Arima Onsen
    Address
    Hyougo Pref. Koubeshi Kita-ku Arimachou
    Phone
    0789040708
  • No.12 Yokoya Onsen (Nagano)

    Yokoya Onsen Ryokan is a hot spring in situated 1,250 meters above sea level in the secluded Yokoya Gorge in Tateshina. Here visitors can enjoy natural hot spring bathing and natural beauty. The inn was established in 1923 and has been a favorite of many ever since. The waters of the inn's own cold mineral spring are only 19° C and thus are heated to ensure comfortable bathing; no additional waters, however, are used. The turbid, reddish-brown waters of this mildly acidic hypotonic cold mineral spring (chalybeate spring containing carbon dioxide) are said to treat such ailments as hardening of the arteries, joint pain, bruises, high blood pressure, menopausal disorders, sensitivity to cold, anemia, rheumatism, chronic eczema, and nerve pain. The inn has three outdoor baths and two indoor baths commanding views of the gorge as well as two private reservable outdoor baths.

    No.12 Yokoya Onsen (Nagano)

    No.12 Yokoya Onsen (Nagano)

    横谷温泉
    Address
    長野県茅野市北山5513
    Phone
    0266672080
  • No.13 Gero Onsen (Gifu)

    A historic hot spring district and, together with Arima Onsen in Hyogo Prefecture and Kusatsu Onsen in Gunma Prefecture, considered one of the three most renowned hot spring districts in Japan. Sprawling along the Hidagawa River, the area is dotted with numerous hot spring inns, communal baths, and free footbaths, making it easy for visitors to enjoy all the delights of hot spring bathing. The area's simple alkaline hot spring waters are colorless and are notable for making the skin feel soft and smooth. The waters moisturize the skin and aid in heat retention. Also said to aid the removal of old, dead skin layers, these waters are known for their beautifying properties. The area is also dotted with natural carbonated springs welling up from underneath the ground, and this hot spring district is particularly popular with women.

    No.13 Gero Onsen (Gifu)

    No.13 Gero Onsen (Gifu)

    Gero Onsen
    Address
    Gifu Pref. Geroshi Yunoshima · Koda/Forest
    Phone
    0576254711
  • No.14 Nakanoyu Onsen (Nagano)

    This hot spring is owned and operated by the Nakanoyu Onsen Ryokan, a hot spring inn established in 1915 which is surrounded by virgin forest and still mountains. The inn commands views of the Hotaka Mountain Range and is conveniently located near the Nakanoyu climbing course leading up Mt. Yakedake. The inn is also Kamikochi's only inn open year-round and thus is used by many as a base for area sightseeing activities. In addition to Kamikochi, a designated Special Place of Scenic Beauty and Special Natural Monument, the inn offers easy access to locations such as Mt. Yakedake, considered one of the 100 most famous mountains in Japan; Mt. Norikura, which offers all the natural beauty one might expect from an alpine mountain; and Azumino. The inn's bathhouse tubs are constantly replenished kakenagashi style from the simple sulfur spring. The inn has separate men's and women's indoor baths, outdoor baths, and a private reservable bath. The old-fashioned Bokuden no Yu bath is open from early in the morning until evening and a free transportation service from the Nakanoyu Onsen Ryokan to the Bokuden no Yu bath is available.

    No.14 Nakanoyu Onsen (Nagano)

    No.14 Nakanoyu Onsen (Nagano)

    中の湯温泉
    Address
    長野県松本市上高地
    Phone
    0263952407
  • No.15 Yunishigawa Onsen (Tochigi)

    An ancient hot spring district which, according to legend, was discovered by a fleeing Taira clan soldier after the defeat at the Battle of Dan-no-ura and used by him to heal his wounds. The area derives its name from the Yunishigawa River, a part of the Tone River class A river system. Many old Japanese homes and traditional ryokan inns stand eave to eave here, and locations such as the Heikezuka Taira clan burial ground; Heike no Sato, a facility which recreates the lifestyle once enjoyed by the Taira clan; and the Heike Ochiudo Minzoku Shiryokan, a museum dedicated to the defeated clan; convey the area's long history. From the area's large public baths, reservable private baths, outdoor baths, and riverbed baths, constantly replenished from source springs kakenagashi style, visitors can take in the stunning rural beauty found here. The famous Kamakura Festival is held here from late January through mid-March, and during this time the flood plain is decorated with some 1,200 miniature snow huts turned lanterns, creating magical scenery for visitors to enjoy.

    No.15 Yunishigawa Onsen (Tochigi)

    No.15 Yunishigawa Onsen (Tochigi)

    湯西川温泉
    Address
    栃木県日光市湯西川
    Phone
    0288221525
  • No.16 Inatori Onsen (Shizuoka)

    A hot spring district blessed with a year-round warm climate and located in a picturesque area commanding a view of Izu Oshima. Many traditional events are held here, such as the Dontsuku Festival, said to be the strangest festival on Earth, and the area bustles with tourists throughout the year. The waters of the district's colorless, mildly alkaline chloride springs possess outstanding moisturizing and heat retaining properties and are renowned for warming the body all the way to the core and preventing post-bath chills. These waters are also said to aid recovery from fatigue and promote health in addition to moisturizing the skin and easing sensitivity to cold and stiff shoulders.

    No.16 Inatori Onsen (Shizuoka)

    No.16 Inatori Onsen (Shizuoka)

    稲取温泉
    Address
    静岡県賀茂郡東伊豆町稲取
    Phone
    0557952901
  • No.17 Oirase Keiryu Onsen (Aomori)

    A hot spring district sprawling along the Tsutagawa River flowing at the foot of the Hakkoda Mountains. The district was established by connecting to source springs in Sarukura Onsen in 1963. Here visitors can enjoy a relaxing bath while taking in the vast, seasonally varying natural beauty of Oirase Stream close by. The waters here primarily come from faintly milk white simple springs, although their qualities differ slightly by facility and location, and are said to help aid recovery from fatigue and promote health in addition to relieving muscle soreness, joint pain, sensitivity to cold, chronic digestive diseases, and a variety of other conditions.

    No.17 Oirase Keiryu Onsen (Aomori)

    No.17 Oirase Keiryu Onsen (Aomori)

    Oirase Keiryu Onsen
    Address
    Aomori Pref. Towadashi Okuse , Modulus
    Phone
    0176516772
  • No.18 Ogoto Onsen (Shiga)

    A history-leaden hot spring district records state was discovered by the great monk Saicho, founder of Tendai Buddhism, 1,200 years ago. Situated at the foot of holy Mt. Hiei near such famous Shiga destinations as Lake Biwa and the Hiyoshi Taisha shrine, this hot spring district is also conveniently close to Kyoto and Osaka and bustles year-round with tourists making use of it as a base for their sightseeing activities. The area's highly alkaline simple springs have a pH of 9.0; gentle on the skin and body, their waters are renowned for their beautifying properties, and are particularly popular with women because they leave the skin soft and smooth.

    No.18 Ogoto Onsen (Shiga)

    No.18 Ogoto Onsen (Shiga)

    おごと温泉
    Address
    滋賀県大津市雄琴6-5-1
    Phone
    0775781650
  • No.19 Konpira Onsenkyo (Kagawa)

    This hot spring village, adjoining Kotohira-gu Shrine in Kagawa Prefecture, encompasses three source springs-a sodium calcium chloride spring, a salt bicarbonate earth spring, and a simple mildly radioactive cold mineral spring (hypotonic mildly alkaline cold mineral spring). The hot springs here were discovered in 1997 and now visitors can worship at the shrine and enjoy hot spring bathing all in one place. Since ancient times, Kotohira-gu Shrine has possessed many aspects, serving as a guardian of the sea, bountiful harvests, huge fish hauls, and prosperity in business, attracting large numbers of worshippers from all over the country. The shrine grounds also encompass many historic sites and the shrine itself possesses many cultural properties. In addition, the grounds are known for their seasonal flowers and beautiful fall foliage, and they constantly bustle with large numbers of visitors. There are also many activities offered here to ensure visitors enjoy a fulfilling visit, including handmade Sanuki udon noodle classes and wasanbon fine-grained Japanese sugar making classes.

    No.19 Konpira Onsenkyo (Kagawa)

    No.19 Konpira Onsenkyo (Kagawa)

    こんぴら温泉郷
    Address
    香川県仲多度郡琴平町
    Phone
    0877753500
  • No.20 Shiobara Hot Springs Area (Tochigi)

    First developed 1,200 years ago, this hot spring area contains around 60 hot spring hotels and some 150 variegated source springs. One of the area's most attractive features is the ability to choose from among a wide variety of different hot spring qualities and colors and facility locations. Yuppo no Sato, located in the heart of the area, is Japan's largest footbath facility; 60 meters in length, visitors can enjoy a relaxing footbath along with soothing natural beauty. There are also numerous rustic and charming outdoor baths, old-fashioned public bathhouses, and casual day trip hot spring facilities, and visitors are encouraged to try and compare the baths at various locations. Situated between atmospheric mountains, the area is also famous for its highland vegetables and soba noodles, visitors will find many soba noodle restaurants located a just a bit further out. In addition, the area notably holds a large number of events throughout the year.

    No.20 Shiobara Hot Springs Area  (Tochigi)

    No.20 Shiobara Hot Springs Area (Tochigi)

    塩原温泉郷
    Address
    栃木県那須塩原市塩原
    Phone
    0287324000
  • No.21 Hirayu Onsen (Gifu)

    The oldest hot spring district in the Okuhida Onsenkyo hot spring village sprawling at the foot of Mt. Norikura. According to the Hishushi written at the end of the Edo period, the area was discovered when the mighty lord Takeda Shingen invaded the Hida region and happened to follow an old, white monkey to a hot spring. There are some 40 source springs in the district, and, depending on the location, visitors can enjoy a variety of hot spring qualities, including hydrogen carbonate springs, chloride springs, sulfur springs, and simple springs. Located close to Kamikochi and Mt. Norikura, the district is also used as a base for mountain climbing activities. Hantai eggs, boiled eggs with firm yolks and soft whites, are a popular local specialty made using the area's high temperature hot spring waters, which reach up to 90 ° C.

    No.21 Hirayu Onsen (Gifu)

    No.21 Hirayu Onsen (Gifu)

    Hirayu Onsen
    Address
    Gifu Pref. Takayamashi Okuhidaonsengouhirayu
    Phone
    0578893030
  • No.22 Katsuura Mikazuki Onsen (Chiba)

    Facing beautiful Katsuura Bay, also known as Mikazuki Bay, this hotel owns and operates a hot spring welling forth in Katsuura City in the southeast of Chiba Prefecture. The waters of the hotel's sodium chloride carbonated salt spring are said to treat a variety of ailments, including nerve pain, muscle soreness, joint pain, frozen shoulders, moto paralysis, joint stiffness, bruises, sprains, and chronic digestive diseases. The hotel's bathhouse facilities are renowned for their uniqueness, and include an Tenbo Onsen(observatory bath) situated 40 meters above the ground offering a sweeping view of the Pacific Ocean from which bathers can feel one with nature; and an 18 karat gold bath said to change bathers' fortunes for the better. Note that the hotel's bathing facilities are only usable by guests.

    No.22 Katsuura Mikazuki Onsen (Chiba)

    No.22 Katsuura Mikazuki Onsen (Chiba)

    勝浦三日月温泉
    Address
    千葉県勝浦市墨名820
    Phone
    0470731111
  • No.23 Shuzenji Spa (Shizuoka)

    A renowned hot spring district which records say was discovered by the great monk Kobo Daishi in 807. It is considered one of Japan's 100 most renowned hot spring districts alongside the famous Three Ancient Hot Springs of Izu. This area was also the site of the famous power struggle which took place in the Minamoto clan in the Kamakura period, and the town is dotted with historic sites connected to the clan such as the Shigetsuden, the oldest wooden structure in Izu. The alkaline waters of the simple springs found here are said to aid recovery from fatigue and promote health in addition to helping relieve muscle soreness, chronic digestive diseases, sensitivity to cold, and other ailments.

    No.23 Shuzenji Spa (Shizuoka)

    No.23 Shuzenji Spa (Shizuoka)

    Shuzenji Spa
    Address
    Shizuoka Pref. Izushi Shuzenji
    Phone
    0558722501
  • No.24 Hagi Onsenkyo (Yamaguchi)

    This area was designated the Hagi Onsenkyo hot spring village after the drilling of the Hagi Onsen hot spring in 2004; today, there are eight differing springs in the area, hot spring hotels, and day trip bathhouses. Hagi is known for having produced many of the great minds of the Meiji Restoration and was founded in 1604 by Mohri Terumoto with the building of Hagi Castle. For approximately 260 years, until the center of domain governance was moved to Yamaguchi, the area prospered as a castle town, and even today much of the atmospheric old townscape from this time still remains intact. The old castle town area sprawls around the outer moat of the site where Hagi Castle once stood as well as many mid- and lowers ranking samurai residences, and exploring the old streets is practically required of visitors to the city; the area is also dotted with sites and monuments relating to the tumultuous times of the Meiji Restoration. After a long walk in the city, a soothing hot spring bath is the ultimate pleasure.

    No.24 Hagi Onsenkyo (Yamaguchi)

    No.24 Hagi Onsenkyo (Yamaguchi)

    萩温泉郷
    Address
    山口県萩市
    Phone
    0838227599
  • No.25 Kawaji Onsen (Tochigi)

    A hot spring district developed in the Edo period which first flourished as a post station town on the Aizu Highway and which has also been long been a renowned destination for curative hot spring bathing. Situated along a ravine carved out by the converging waters of the Ojika River and Kinugawa River, the district is surrounded by lush, natural beauty. The waters of the area's alkaline simple springs are said to treat nerve pain, rheumatism, and injuries. Ryuokyo Canyon, eroded from volcanic rock some 22 million years ago, and the canon's nature research trails are located nearby; taking a soothing hot spring bath is truly something else after exploring this gorgeous natural wilderness. Visitors can get a Yumegrui Stamp Rally map with places to receive stamps certifying a visit to the baths of nine hot spring inns in the area. There are also casual day trip hot spring bathhouses here.

    No.25 Kawaji Onsen (Tochigi)

    No.25 Kawaji Onsen (Tochigi)

    川治温泉
    Address
    栃木県日光市川治温泉
    Phone
    0288221525
  • No.26 Iizaka Onsen (Fukushima)

    An ancient hot spring district considered one of the three most renowned alongside Akiu Onsen and Naruko Onsen in Miyagi. The history of the district dates all the way back to the Jomon period and it is said the legendary figure Yamato Takeru no mikoto bathed here. The Sabakoyu, the oldest wooden public bathhouse in Japan, is said to be the place where an ill Yamato Takeru no mikoto bathed to recuperate, and even today many tourists from around the prefecture and country make their way here. During the mid-Edo period, the area became quite famous, attracting the celebrated poet Matsuo Basho, who wrote about the hot spring district in his major work The Narrow Road to the Deep North, further enhancing the location's renowned. Here visitors can enjoy themselves in a variety of ways as suits their tastes and interests thanks to the area's nine variegated public bathhouses, free footbaths, and hot spring hotels offering delicious local cuisine.

    No.26 Iizaka Onsen (Fukushima)

    No.26 Iizaka Onsen (Fukushima)

    飯坂温泉
    Address
    福島県福島市飯坂町字十綱町3
    Phone
    0245424241
  • No.27 Toi Onsen (Shizuoka)

    A hot spring district sprawling along the Toi coast which is the oldest and one of the largest in western Izu. This area is said to have been a favorite of famous author Yasunari Kawabata and many other celebrities. The district is situated in a scenic location commanding a view of Suruga Bay and boasts a climate that is warm year-round. Also renowned for the beauty of its sunsets, the view of the setting sun from Matsubara Park, location of the worlds largest flower clock, is superb. The sulfate springs and chloride springs found here contain an abundance of potassium, sodium, and other minerals, and are said to aid in recovery from fatigue and promote health in addition to easing conditions such as muscle soreness, nerve pain, and skin diseases.

    No.27 Toi Onsen (Shizuoka)

    No.27 Toi Onsen (Shizuoka)

    Toi Onsen
    Address
    Shizuoka Pref. Izushi Toi
    Phone
    0558981152
  • No.28 Takaragawa Onsen (Gunma)

    This hot spring district, sprawling along the Takara River in northern Gunma Prefecture, is one of the largest in the country. Featured in international guidebooks like Lonely Planet and Reuters news, the area attracts many hot spring lovers from around Japan and the world. The district's only hot spring hotel, the Osenkaku, has four outdoor baths constantly replenished kakenagashi style from the source spring, and in one of these visitors can savor relaxing hot spring waters and beautiful, seasonal scenery. The area's mildly alkaline simple spring is renowned for moisturizing the skin of bathers. The cuisine, made with mushrooms, river fish, and the area's many other natural culinary blessings, is also not to be missed.

    No.28 Takaragawa Onsen (Gunma)

    No.28 Takaragawa Onsen (Gunma)

    Takaragawa Onsen
    Address
    Gunma Pref. Tonegunminakamimachi Fujiwara
    Phone
    0278752121
  • No.29 Ikaho Onsen (Gunma)

    A hot spring district sprawling halfway up Mt. Haruna which has been known as a hot spring health resort destination since ancient times. There are two source springs in the area with differing properties, the Kogane no Yu and Shirogane no Yu, and the hot spring district bustles with visitors throughout the year. The Kogane no Yu is a reddish-brown sulfate spring containing abundant amounts of calcium and sodium; highly medicinal, the spring's waters are said to promote health and ease muscle soreness, chronic digestive diseases, and hardening of the arteries. The Shirogane no Yu is a transparent and odorless simple met silicic acid spring containing large amounts of moisturizing substances, making its waters particularly popular with women.

    No.29 Ikaho Onsen  (Gunma)

    No.29 Ikaho Onsen (Gunma)

    Ikaho Onsen
    Address
    Gunma Pref. Shibukawashi Ikahomachikaho
    Phone
    0279723151
  • No.30 Kannawa Onsen (Oita)

    A hot spring district known for the plumes of steam which rise up from the ground throughout its borders; the picturesque scenery this creates serves as a symbol of Beppu. Many of the famous Hells of Beppu (visually stunning hot springs which are meant to be viewed rather than bathed in) are located in this district, and the waters are famously described with the poetic phrase, 1,000 ryo (old coin) worth of hot water gush forth in a single night. The Bungo fudoki, an ancient record of the region compiled in the early Nara period, notes that much steam, boiling water, and hot mud emerges from the ground in this area; called a Hell since ancient times, it is believed the land here was long abhorred and feared. In the Kamakura period, after the great priest Ippen founded the Mushiyu bathhouse, many public bathhouses and ryokan inns came to be built one next to the other in the area. Even today, the places where hot spring waters emerge from the ground continue to generate an abundance of steam and are called Hells in the area. This hot spring district is perhaps the most celebrated and well-known of all those in Beppu.

    No.30 Kannawa Onsen (Oita)

    No.30 Kannawa Onsen (Oita)

    鉄輪温泉
    Address
    大分県別府市鉄輪周辺
    Phone
    0977242828
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