Onsens - Japanese Hot Springs
Japan's Hot Springs 温泉
Japan provides a wide range of hot spring entertainment ranging from exclusive spas and resorts to humble pubic baths or sento. If you love to immerse your body in hot water and relax, nowhere in the world compares with the variety and beauty of Japan's hot-spring resorts.
Enjoying hot spring onsen culture in Japan
Confessions of an Onsen Addict: Hot-Spring Bathing in Japan
The Rough Guide author Jan Dodd bares all in her review of Japan's best hot springs. Where they are, how to get there, costs and bathing etiquette.
Japan's Hot Springs: A Clean Break
Will Yong takes the plunge in the Japanese hot spring resort of Arima in Hyogo Prefecture near Kobe in western Japan.
Ryokan hot spring baths at Arima Onsen, Hyogo Prefecture
Beppu Onsen, Oita Prefecture
Alternative Bathing in Kyushu
Joe Sinclair visits the hot springs and sand-baths of Kyushu - Beppu, Yufuin - Oita Prefecture is a mecca of Japanese hot-springs.
Onsen in Hakone
Hakone is one of Japan's premier hot spring resorts and within easy reach of the Tokyo metropolis.
Yoshidaya Ryokan in Arifuku Onsen
Stay at Yoshidaya Onsen a stately Japanese natural hot spring ryokan with a 350-year history of making visitors welcome. Yoshidaya is situated in the Arifuku hot spring resort in Shimane Prefecture.
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Gero Onsen in Gifu Prefecture, north of Nagoya, is one of Japan's oldest and most famous onsen resorts.
Kusatsu Onsen in Gunma Prefecture is one of Japan's "Top Three Onsen" along with Gero and Arima.
Beppu Onsen in Oita Prefecture, in Kyushu, is one of Japan's premier onsen resorts famous for its bubbling "Hells."
Kannawa is one of Beppu's most famous hot spring areas.
Introducing Onsen Culture
Many Westerners are uncomfortable with anyone seeing their naked bodies, but being naked with friends and strangers is a traditional practice in Japan. It happens every day in hot springs - onsen - across Japan as it has for thousands of years. Bathing together in a natural hot spring is a healthy, relaxing, and bonding experience.
Jigoku Mushi (lit. "hell steamed") is a method of traditional cooking using the vapors of hot springs to cook such foods as seafood, eggs, corn and dumplings. The Kannawa area of Beppu in Oita Prefecture on Kyushu is particularly famous for this unique hot spring cuisine.
Minakami & Takaragawa Onsen
Takaragawa Onsen in the Minakami area of Gunma Prefecture is often voted Japan's best onsen.
Takaragawa Onsen, Gunma Prefecture
Japan Hot Spring Experience
How to have fun in a Japanese onsen and a step by step guide to hot spring etiquette. The deepest plunge one can take into Japanese culture is in the onsen (hot spring).
Yunokuchi Onsen in Mie Prefecture is a "hidden onsen" known for its miniature railway, waterfalls and dramatic scenery.
Ibusuki Onsen, located 50km south of Kagoshima in southern Kyushu is known for its suna-mushi or volcanic sand baths on the beach of Kagoshima Bay.
Cherry Blossom at Kinosaki Onsen, Japan
Kinosaki Onsen on the Japan Sea Coast of Hyogo Prefecture is an ancient hot spring resort famous for its delicious crab cuisine and for visitors promenading along its streets dressed in yukata and geta.
Onsens in Tokyo
See a listing of onsens in Tokyo including Toshimaen Niwa No Yu, La Qua and Oedo Onsen Monogatari Hot Springs.
Hoshinoya Onsen Resort
Hoshinoya located on a beautiful riverside in Karuizawa, just over an hour from Tokyo by bullet train, is the flagship of the Hoshino Group's chain of deluxe onsen resorts.
Kai Aso Resort
Kai Aso in Oita Prefecture on Kyushu is part of the Hoshino Group's chain of luxury onsens and delivers luxury bathing with gourmet Japanese cuisine in an idyllic, mountain setting.
Japan's Onsen Regions
Japan's Onsen Regions include Kinosaki in Hyogo Prefecture, Hakone, Mt. Aso and the hot springs of Kumano.
Zao Onsen in Yamagata Prefecture in northern Japan is known for its heavy winter snow and "snow monsters" - conifer trees covered with several feet or more of layers of frost, ice, and snow. The Zao area is a great place not only to enjoy hot springs but also to ski, trek and snowshoe.
Family bathing at Yunessun Onsen, Hakone, Japan