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10 Recommended Hot Springs In And Around Tokyo

10 Recommended Hot Springs In And Around Tokyo

Translated by Greg

Written by Hiromasa Uematsu

Tokyo 2019.09.28 Bookmark

Onsen, or hot springs, are the quintessential Japanese experience and a great way to relax during your trip. In this article we introduce the best hot springs in Tokyo and in nearby suburban areas for visitors coming to Japan's capital.

Visit Onsen in Tokyo - Relaxing Hot Springs

An essential part of any trip to Japan is relaxing at an onsen, or hot spring. When it comes to onsen, well-known hot spring areas such as Hakone and Beppu soon come to mind, but you can also enjoy onsen in Tokyo as well.

Also, if you you go to Hakone, Nikko, or any of the other onsen areas, you can enjoy delicious cuisine and relax in hot springs in a Japanese-like environment, and even stay at a hot spring ryokan.

Out of all the hot springs and bathing facilities in Tokyo, we have picked our top ten spots for visitors coming to Japan.

If you're going to use a hot spring within the city limits, we recommend the sento (public bath) which are frequented by locals, and the super sento (sometimes called kenko land, a relaxation spa), which are larger sento combined with entertainment services and other facilities.

At a sento, you can use a Japanese-style bath or hot spring. At a super sento, in addition to the bath you can enjoy a host of other services as well, including massage chairs, eating establishments, and amusement facilities.

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1. Oedo Onsen Monogatari in Odaiba

oedo onsen monogatari

Picture courtesy of Oedo-Onsen Monogatari

In Tokyo's Odaiba area, you will find Tokyo Odaiba Oedo-Onsen Monogatari, an onsen theme park where you can try natural hot springs in the heart of the city.

oedo onsen monogatari

Picture courtesy of Oedo-Onsen Monogatari

In addition to the large onsen at Oedo-Onsen Monogatari, there are also many varieties of baths.

For example, there's rotemburo, an outdoor bath that gives one a feeling of openness. Neyu is a bath where visitors can lie down in the hot water, and kinu noyu is a bath filled with tiny bubbles good for blood circulation.

Nuruyu is a special pool for guests who normally find the bathwater a little too hot.

Natural spring water is pumped up from 1400 meters below the earth's surface, and will warm your body right to its very core.

oedo onsen monogatari

Picture courtesy of Oedo-Onsen Monogatari

Oedo-Onsen Monogatari doesn't only offer hot springs. They also have dining establishments, a relaxation area, a place to body exfoliation, and a floor resembling a small Edo-style town with a lively, Japanese festival-like atmosphere.

There are private rooms and hotel rooms available here too.

Purchase Your Discount Tickets in Advance:
Oedo-Onsen Monogatari Admission

General Prices:
Adults (junior high school students and up):
Weekdays - 2,768 yen with tax. Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays - 2,988 yen with tax

Children (4 years of age up to elementary school students): all 1,078 yen with tax
Under 4 years of age: all free of charge

Access:
2 minutes on foot from Telecom Center Station (Yurikamome Line), 7 minutes by free shuttle bus from Tokyo Teleport Station (Rinkai Line).

Location:
Tokyo, Koto, Aomi 2-6-3 Google Map

For the official homepage of Oedo-Onsen Monogatari, please click here

2. Tokyo Dome Spa LaQua in Suidobashi

Tokyo Dome Spa LaQua

Picture courtesy of Tokyo Dome Corporation

Spa LaQua is located inside Tokyo Dome City, Tokyo's largest entertainment area.

In addition to Spa LaQua, there's a large shopping complex, an amusement park, and a hotel all in one, so this facility can be a great place to stay when traveling, as well as a great sightseeing spot.

Tokyo Dome is holds sports games, concerts and a wide range of events. Why not dropping by on your way home from one of these events ease your tiredness at Spa LaQua?

Tokyo Dome Spa LaQua

Picture courtesy of Tokyo Dome Corporation

At Spa LaQua, there's rotemburo filled with natural spring water gushing out from 1,700 meters underground, a low-temperature sauna and other hot spring amenities, in addition to body care and chiropractic area, and a hair treatment service.

Prices:
Adults (18 years and up) - 2,900 yen with tax
6 to 17 years of age - 2,090 yen with tax (must be accompanied by an adult)
*children 5 years old and under aren't allowed to enter

Access:
1 minute on foot from Korakuen Station (Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line, Nanboku Line), 2 minutes on foot from Kasuga Station (Toei Oedo Line), 3 minutes on foot from Suidobashi Station (Toei Mita Line), 6 minutes on foot from Suidobashi Station (JR Line).

Location:
Tokyo, Bunkyo, Kasuga 1-1-1 (Tokyo Dome City LaQua 5th-9th floors, front desk is on 6th floor). Google Map

For the official homepage of Spa LaQua please click here

3. Toshimaen Niwa-No-Yu in Nerima

Toshimaen Niwa-No-Yu

Picture courtesy of Toshimaen Niwa-No-Yu

For those who often visit or pass through Shinjuku and Ikebukuro, Toshimaen Niwa-No-Yu located in Nerima Ward, is conveniently accessed.

Toshimaen Niwa-No-Yu

Picture courtesy of Toshimaen Niwa-No-Yu

The name Niwa-No-Yu ("niwa" meaning garden) was given to this facility because there's a large, traditional Japanese garden inside the premises.

Covering some four thousand square meters, this garden surrounds Niwa-No-Yu's building. In the spring, there are cherry blossoms, and in the autumn there's Japanese pampas grass, so one can enjoy the beauty of the plants and flowers in each season.

In addition to natural hot springs with a view of the Japanese garden, the body zone, where you can dip into the water wearing your bathing suit, is also worth checking out. For visitors who find the idea of being naked in front of other bathers uncomfortable, the body zone is an ideal way to enjoy the hot springs and baths.

Prices:
Regular (Junior high school students and up)- 2,350 yen.
Night Spa (after 18:00)- 1,320 yen *excluding New Year's holidays, the Obon season, and Golden Week.

Access:
1 minute on foot from Toshimaen Station (Seibu Ikebukuro Line), 2 minutes on foot from Toshimaen Station (Toei Oedo Line).

Location:
Tokyo, Nerima, Koyama 3-25-1 Google Map

For the official homepage of Toshimaen Niwa-No-Yu, please click here (Japanese).

4. Musashi Koyama Onsen Shimizuyu in Musashi Koyama

Musashi Koyama Onsen Shimizuyu

Picture courtesy of Musashi Koyama Onsen Shimizuyu

Musashi Koyama Onsen Shimizuyu, is a local sento that's been in business since 1924. This sento is located west of Tokyo's central area. It is in the ideal location for those who frequent Shinagawa and Shibuya.

Musashi Koyama Onsen Shimizuyu

Picture courtesy of Musashi Koyama Onsen Shimizuyu

The characteristic feature at Shimizuyu is that guests can use two different hot springs at the same place. In addition to Tokyo's own kuroyu (dark-colored water filled with minerals), there's also ogon-no-yu, where the water sparkles with a golden color.

Also, unusual for a sento, there's a ganbanyoku (*3) spa facility (requires an extra charge).

Please remember that this is a very popular sento, so it can often be crowded.

*3 ganbanyoku: One kind of sauna in which one lies down on a heated rock to warm up the body. Is believed to have health benefits.

Prices:
Adults 470 yen, Junior High School students 300 yen, Children 180 yen.

Access:
5 minutes on foot from Musashi Koyama Station (Tokyo Meguro Line).

Location:
Tokyo, Shinagawa, Koyama 3-9-1 Google Map

For the official homepage of Musashi Koyama Onsen Shimizuyu please click here (Japanese).

5. Mikokuyu in Ryogoku and Kinshicho

Mikokuyu

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Tokyo's Sumida Ward is an area known for the towering Tokyo Skytree. Mikokuyu, is located midway between the local areas of Ryogoku, famous for sumo; Kinshicho, known as a lively shopping district; and Oshiage, home to Tokyo Skytree.

Mikokuyu

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Mikokuyu is ideally located, allowing guests to admire the view of Tokyo Skytree from their rotemburo. In 2015, it was completely remodeled and its sophisticated interior now has a modern, Japanese feel to it.
The sento has a wall mural of Mt. Fuji and also a tile pictograph based on Kohaku Baizu Byobu (*4).

*4 Kohaku Baizu Byobu: The folding screen of Red and White Plum Blossoms. An 18th century screen painting by Ogata Korin. Considered a national treasure, the original work of art is currently part of the collection at the MOA Museum of Art in Shizuoka prefecture's Atami city.

Price:
Adults- 470 yen

Access:
16 minutes on foot from Kinshicho Station (Tokyo Metro), 12 minutes on foot from Honjo-Azumabashi Station (Toei Asakusa Line).

Location:
Tokyo, Sumida, Ishiwara 3-30-8 Google Map

For the official homepage of Mikokuyu please click here (Japanese).

6. Maenohara Onsen Saya-No-Yudokoro in Shimura Sakue

Maenohara Onsen Saya-No-Yudokoro

Picture courtesy of Maenohara Onsen Saya-No-Yudokoro

Located in Itabashi Ward, Saya-No-Yudokoro is an onsen housed in a tasteful, Japanese-style building. There's a hot spring pool, sauna, restaurant, and Japanese garden.

During the week, guests can enjoy the facility for a modest 870 yen (1,120 yen on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays), making this reasonable price an attractive feature of this onsen.

Saya-No-Yudokoro

Picture courtesy of Maenohara Onsen Saya-No-Yudokoro

For just 2,100 yen you can reserve the rotemburo all to yourself for one hour. For those guests who feel uncomfortable without clothes in front of others, this is a great service that allows you to enjoy the pool with just family or close friends.

Right next to the onsen there's a supermarket, so after taking a dip in the pool, you can buy groceries and something to eat. Though this onsen is a little distance from the main sightseeing spots and taking a bus is required, it has many special features that make it a worthwhile place to visit.

Prices:
Weekdays- 870 yen. Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays- 1,200 yen.

Access:
8 minutes on foot from Shimura Sakaue Station (Toei Mita Line). You can also take a Kokusai Kogyo bus (Red 53) from the west exit of JR Akabane Station, then get off at Maenocho 3-chome bus stop and the onsen is right there. The bus travel time is 10 minutes and the ticket costs 220 yen.

Location:
Tokyo, Itabashi, Maenocho 3-41-1 Google Map

For the official homepage of Saya-No-Yudokoro please click here

7. Hidamari-No-Izumi Haginoyu in Uguisudani

Hidamari-No-Izumi Haginoyu

Picture courtesy of Hidamari-No-Izumi Haginoyu

Hidamari-No-Izumi Haginoyu, located just minutes from the JR Yamanote Line's Uguisudani Station, is a sento that opened in 2016.

Though Uguisudani is a town that's not very familiar to visitors outside of Japan, it's actually very close to Asakusa and Ueno, accessible by bus, taxi, and even on foot.

Hidamari-No-Izumi Haginoyu

Picture courtesy of Hidamari-No-Izumi Haginoyu

Just like Saya-No-Yudokoro, Hidamari-No-Izumi has an impressive lineup of services and facilities. There's a large hot spring, a sauna, a carbon dioxide bath (*5), along with a restaurant, so you can enjoy a meal after you finish using the onsen.

The price is 470 yen, similarly priced to other sento (sauna and other special areas have a separate price).

*5 tansan onsen: Also known as a carbonated hot spring. A kind of bath in which carbon dioxide has been dissolved into the water. The carbon dioxide particles adhere to the skin which is thought to have medicinal benefits. One can expect improved blood circulation and a higher body temperature.

Hidamari-No-Izumi Haginoyu

Picture courtesy of Hidamari-No-Izumi Haginoyu

A feature of this sento is its morning operation, from 6:00 to 9:00, allowing guests to use the baths in the early hours of the day. If you are staying nearby, this sento is the ideal place to take a dip in between checking out of your accommodation and leaving for the next part of your journey.

Prices:
Adults- 470 yen, Students (Elementary and Junior High)- 180 yen, Children- 80 yen.

Access:
3 minutes on foot from JR Uguisudani Station.

Location:
Tokyo, Taito, Negishi 2-13-13 Google Map

For the official homepage of Haginoyu please click here (Japanese).

Onsen Areas for Day Trips from Tokyo

Japan is dotted with countless onsen areas, where hot spring water flows to the ground surface. In these locations, visitors can come into contact with Japanese-style streetscapes, strolling through towns and learning about the history of Japanese hot springs.

Next we introduce onsen areas located in suburban neighborhoods easily accessible from Tokyo.

8. Hakone, Yugawara, and Atami

Hakone, Yugawara, and Atami

Hakone's symbol, Ashinoko Lake. Picture courtesy of the Town of Hakone

It goes without saying that Hakone is a famous sightseeing spot. It's also recognized as an onsen resort area by overseas visitors.

Around ten kilometers away is Yugawara and also Atami onsen. Though they are small scale hot spring areas compared to Hakone, unlike Hakone, they face the ocean, allowing visitors to enjoy spectacular scenery and delicious, fresh seafood.

Hakone, Yugawara, and Atami

A hot spring hotel founded in 1890, Fukuzumiro. Picture courtesy of the town of Hakone

Hakone:
For Hakone's official homepage please click here (Hakone Tourist Association).

Yugawara:
For Yugawara's official homepage please click here (Yugawara Onsen Tourist Association).

Atami:
For Atami's official homepage please click here (Atami Town Tourist Association).

9. Nikko, Kinugawa, and Yunishigawa

Nikko and Kinugawa Onsen

The source of Nikko Yumoto Onsen gushing out. Picture courtesy of Nikko City Tourist Association

The city of Nikko, known for its world heritage Nikko Toshogu Shrine, also happens to be a famous hot spring area.
Onsen facilities and hotels have been built near Tobu Nikko Station, Chuzenji Lake, and in other key areas, so you can choose a location that best suits your travel plan.

Nikko homepage: click here

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The colorful autumn foliage in Yunishigawa Onsen town. Picture courtesy of: Nikko City Tourist Association

Nikko and Kinugawa Onsen

Kinugawa Plaza Hotel's rotemburo can be reserved. Picture courtesy of Nikko City Tourist Association

Further into Nikko you can find Kinugawa Onsen, a facility sitting by a river. Further along is Yunishigawa Onsen, known for its mystical Kamakura Festival (a festival featuring miniature kamakura, or snow huts, illuminated by candles placed inside).

Nikko
For Nikko's official homepage please click here (Nikko City Tourist Association).

Kinugawa
For Kinugawa's official homepage please click here (Nikko City Tourist Association).

Yunishigawa
For Yunishigawa's official homepage please click here (Nikko City Tourist Association).

10. Kusatsu Onsen

Kusatsu Onsen

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Kusatsu Onsen has a long history, and since the Edo period has been known as one of the top three hot springs in Japan, alongside spots including Hyogo Prefecture's Arima onsen, and Gifu prefecture's Gero onsen.

Kusatsu Onsen

Picture from The Beauty Of Kusatsu Onsen In Winter: Snowflakes And Hot Springs

Today, Kusatsu Onsen is still well-visited and popular. In the middle of this spa village is yubatake (literally "hot water field"), where four thousand liters of hot spring water come gushing out every minute, showcasing Kusatsu's pure and bountiful water source.

Yumomi, the task of cooling down the hot spring water to a bathing temperature, has continued since the Edo period. Today it is done in the form of a show, and visitors watching this performance will feel moved by the rich history at Kusatsu Onsen.

For the official homepage of Kusatsu Onsen, please click here (Japanese).

*In January of 2018, Mount Kusatsu-Shirane, located near Kusatsu onsen, erupted. At the present time (June, 2018), there haven't been any further eruptions and Kusatsu onsen is back to normal operations.

Japan's Hot Summers - Can You Still Enjoy Onsen?

Yes, you can! While hot springs might mainly be something people associate with the colder month, many Japanese people love to use hot springs in summer. It is basically treated like a sauna in other countries. The sweat will flush out toxins from your body and improve blood circulation.

Don't worry, most onsen facilities have cold baths as well to cool you down in between hot baths. You could also use the shower facilities if there the cold bath is not available.

Bathing in the hot springs for healing purposes in the hot humid summer is a very unique experience. You should definitely give it a try!

Relieve Your Travel Fatigue in a Tokyo Hot Spring!

Japanese onsen have long been used as places for improving health and relaxing.

Tiredness builds up easily when you are traveling internationally. Please experience Japan's unique bathing culture at a hot spring or sento to feel refreshed and ready to continue your trip.

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