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How Much is an Onsen in Japan? 15 Examples from 100円($1,1€)

Before you are actually planning a trip to a hot spring you might be wondering how much it costs to visit an onsen in Japan. Luckily, there are a lot of awesome but affordable hot springs and even an overnight stay at an onsen ryokan can be cheaper than you might think. So how much is an onsen in Japan? [...]

August 15th, 2020|

Can You Wear a Towel in Onsen? No! But Here Are 5 Exceptions

When visiting a Japanese hot spring for the first time you might wonder if you can wear a towel in the onsen or if it is okay to keep yourself wrapped in a towel during your soak. In the past few months, I have received so many questions about it that I have decided to write a detailed guide about [...]

August 5th, 2020|

20 Famous Onsen Towns in Japan & Their Best Hot Springs

With more than 3,000 hot springs Japan offers plenty of choices for your first onsen experience. To help you find the best onsen I have decided to create a list of Japan's most famous onsen towns and their most popular hot spring baths. If you are looking for a beautiful and traditional onsen town in Japan Kurokawa Onsen and Kinosaki [...]

August 2nd, 2020|

18 Mixed-Gender Onsen in Japan (With & Without Swimwear)

Sometimes travelers shy away from visiting hot springs and especially mixed-gender onsen when visiting Japan. So I wanted to write a post with detailed information about 18 unisex onsens to help you overcome the mental hurdle and enjoy an amazing and relaxing time with your friend or partner. Takarawaga Onsen Osenkaku is the best mixed-gender onsen if you want to [...]

August 1st, 2020|

Ito Onsen Guide: Tattoo Friendly Onsen, Ryokan, Things to Do

Ito is one of the largest hot spring resorts near Tokyo and also one of Japan's top 3 onsen towns. In this onsen guide, I will show you some of Ito's most beautiful hot springs including tattoo-friendly onsen and ryokans as well as the top things to do in and around Ito. In total, you will find 10 recommended hot springs [...]

July 21st, 2020|

Atami Onsen Guide: Hot Springs, Onsen Ryokan, Things to Do

Atami is a popular onsen town and seaside resort located at the northern end of Shizuoka's beautiful Izu Peninsula. It is one of the closest hot spring towns to Tokyo and there are plenty of onsen, hot spring sights, and things to do in Atami. So let me tell you all about this famous hot spring in my Atami onsen [...]

July 11th, 2020|

12 Amazing Onsen Towns & Hot Spring Resorts in Kyushu

Kyushu is known for some of the best and most picturesque hot spring resorts in all of Japan. Last week I discovered even more beautiful onsen towns in Kyushu, but they are less famous and so many foreign visitors do not know about them. That's why I decided to write this post. The most beautiful onsen town in Kyushu is [...]

July 6th, 2020|

11 Beautiful Onsen Towns & Hot Spring Resorts in Hokkaido

Hokkaido is one of the most popular areas when it comes to nature, winter sports, and hot springs. So in today's post I want to show you 11 beautiful onsen towns and hot spring resorts in Hokkaido that you can visit in summer and in winter. Noboribetsu Onsen is Hokkaido's most renowned onsen town that also attracts with its volcanic [...]

June 26th, 2020|

12 Amazingly Beautiful Onsen Towns Near Kyoto & Osaka

While there are a few natural onsen baths and public bathhouses in Kyoto and Osaka, for a real onsen experience you should visit one of the beautiful onsen towns nearby. The onsen towns that are the closest to Kyoto and Osaka are Arashiyama Onsen, Ogoto Onsen, and Ako Onsen. Kinosaki Onsen is 2.5 hours away but one of the best [...]

June 23rd, 2020|

14 Amazing Onsen Towns Near Tokyo (Onsen Baths & Ryokan)

There are a few famous onsen towns near Tokyo everybody knows about. But there are so many more amazing hot spring towns that you can visit as a day trip from Tokyo that I have decided to write this blog post. Hakone Onsen and Atami Onsen are beautiful onsen towns that can be reached in less than 90 minutes from [...]

June 21st, 2020|

20 Awesome Tattoo Friendly Onsen & Hot Springs Near Tokyo

My best friend asked me if I know any tattoo-friendly Onsen in Tokyo so that we can go there together when she comes to visit me. So I have spent a whole week looking for Onsen and Sento with natural hot spring water in and around Tokyo. The best tattoo-friendly onsen near Tokyo are located in Kusatsu Onsen. There are [...]

June 16th, 2020|

8 Beautiful Onsen in the Japanese Alps (Winter & Summer)

In Japan, you can visit thousands of great hot springs, but one of the most rewarding onsen experiences is the soak in a remote mountain hot spring in the Japanese Alps after a long hike. I have already written a post about beautiful hot springs in the mountains, but I also wanted to write one just about beautiful onsens in [...]

June 10th, 2020|

8 Romantic Onsen for Couples in Japan (Private & Ryokans)

Today's post is for all the couples that are looking for a romantic onsen in Japan to spend some quality private time together during their trip. Visiting a Japanese hot spring isn't only an amazing travel experience but also the perfect start for an exciting date and a romantic evening. Spa Resort Ryokan Hakone Ginyu is one of the most [...]

June 5th, 2020|

8 Recommended Onsen For Families With Children Near Tokyo

When planning your family trip to Japan you might be wondering about taking your children to a hot spring. Since I don't have children I asked Japanese parents for help and they recommended me these 8 onsens for families with children in and near Tokyo city. In Tokyo, the best onsens for families with children are Oedo Onsen Monogatari and [...]

May 31st, 2020|

Best Onsen Near The Arashiyama Bamboo Forest in Kyoto

The Arashiyama Bamboo Groove is one of the places you definitely shouldn't miss when visiting Kyoto. And even though this isn't one of Japan's most renowned hot spring resorts, there are a few onsens near Kyoto's bamboo forest that you could enjoy before heading back to Japan's former capital to see even more beautiful temples and shrines. For day-trippers the [...]

May 20th, 2020|

Are Onsen Good For The Skin? Top Onsen With Beauty Benefits

After a long day of sightseeing soaking in a Japanese hot spring is one of the best ways to relax and recharge your mind, but what about your skin? Is going to an onsen good for the skin? Here is what I found out about the beauty benefits of hot springs for your skin. Scientific studies have proven that certain [...]

May 18th, 2020|

5 Open-Air Onsen in The Snow Near Tokyo (Winter Day Trips)

When traveling to Japan in winter visiting an onsen in the snow is one of the most unique experiences you can have. Luckily, some of these hot springs are closer and easier to access than you may think. Even near Tokyo, you can find quite a few snow onsens. In case you are looking for a snow onsen you can [...]

May 10th, 2020|

10 Beautiful Mountain Onsen in Japan For Outdoor Lovers

A lot of Japan's best and most beautiful outdoor hot springs and onsen towns are located high up in the mountains. Once you start looking for a beautiful mountain onsen you will literally find hundreds of them. So it can be really hard to decide which one you should give a try. To help you with your choice I have [...]

May 3rd, 2020|