These Hot Springs Are Worth a Spot on Your Japan Itinerary

They won't disappoint.

Imagine soaking yourself in warm water while admiring the beauty of nature in the fall--it doesn’t get any more perfect than that. The good news is, you can turn your imagination into reality. Here, we list down some of the most popular hot springs to check out when you visit Japan!

Have a relaxing time in Hakone with scenic spots such as Lake Ashinoko and Mt. Fuji. You won’t have a hard time finding a place to stay at here as there are many luxurious hot spring resorts in the area. Don't even get us started on the exquisite gourmet food!

With its top quality service, Hoshino Resort Kai Hakone has gained many regular customers. The facility, which is nestled along the mountain stream, gives guests a wonderful view of the river. All eight rooms on the top floor have been renovated, and two of them are a new type of room. Should you choose to stay at this resort, we highly recommend the clear steam living room with parquet work that shows the beauty of Sukumogawa River.

On the other hand, Tensei-en is the perfect choice for a day trip. Tensei-en is a hot spring inn that is open for 23 hours. Built 60 years ago, the place was fully renovated in 2009. The large public bath has windows where you can see a beautiful, serene landscape outdoors. The most famous one, however, is the large open air bath at the rooftop. 

Renowned for its hot springs and fresh seafood, Atami is just a 40-minute shinkansen ride from Tokyo.

Atami Tensui features a stylish space combining Japanese and Western cultures. Aside from Japanese cuisine containing seasonal ingredients, they also offer customers snacks and drinks that are available from 3 to 5 p.m. Atami has a terrace where families and groups of friends can hang out. In addition, the open air bath is covered so you won’t have any problem when it rains!

Another hotel worth checking out in Atami is Hotel Micuras. While it’s popular for staycations, the place also offers packages for lunch and day trips with spa. This modern hot spring inn has a magnificent view of the ocean. The open air bath for women is 25 meters above the ground, while the one for men is 40 meters above the ground. So if you want to feel like you’re up in the sky, take a dip in an open air bath at Hotel Micuras. It's also a great spot for watching fireworks.

One of the three distinguished hot springs in Japan, Kusatsu Onsen has about 32,300 liters of water flowing every minute. Its nostalgic townscape is as relaxing as it can get. If you want an unforgettable autumn experience, we suggest that you head over to Kusatsu to see charming foliage and unwind in the open air bath.

Having been around for 300 years, Hotel Ichii is considered as one of the most well-established inns located in Kusatsu. Here, you’ll enjoy two kinds of hot water from Kusatsu’s six main sources. In the large public bath, white Shirahata hot spring with white sulfur is used, while the open air bath makes use of transparent acidic hot spring water from Shirane Volcano.

Provided by Japan Walker™, Tokyo Walker™ (1 September 2017)

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