20 Awesome Tattoo Friendly Onsen & Hot Springs Near Tokyo


Tattoo Friendly Onsen in Tokyo - Daigoku-yu

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 several hot springs like for example Ohtaki No Yu or Sainokawara Rotenburo that accept tattooed guests. If you are looking for a tattoo-friendly onsen directly in Tokyo you can go to Hisamatsuyu or Shimizu-Yu.

Below you can find detailed information about all the 20 tattoo-friendly onsens I have found near Tokyo. In contrast to other webpages and blogs, I have focused on real natural onsen and hot spring sento.

1. Tennen Onsen Hisamatsuyu (Near Ikebukuro)

Tattoo Friendly Onsen in Tokyo - Tennen Onsen Hisamatsuyu

Location: Sakuradai, Near Ikebukuro, Tokyo city

No Official Tattoo Regulation: Tennen Onsen Hisamatsuyu (天然温泉 久松湯) does not have an official tattoo regulation. On their webpage, they neither say that tattoos are ok or not ok. However, I found this Japanese blog post from someone with a big Irezumi tattoo on his arm who went there and could enter without issues. One of his readers also called the shop and could confirm that tattoos are okay. However, since this is not official I recommend you call or ask them before you set out to enter the hot spring bath.

Natural Hot Spring Sento in Tokyo: This modern Sento, gets its natural hot spring water from a spring that flows 1,500 meters beneath the surface and has an interesting concept of light and open ceilings. In the gender-separated bathing facilities, you will find several indoor baths and a rotenburo. Definitely one of the more beautiful public bathhouses in Tokyo, but also less traditional.

Access: 5 minutes from Sakuradai Station on the Ikebukuro Line or 10 minutes from Shin-Sakuradai Station on the Yurakucho Line. You can get to the onsen in about 15 minutes from Ikebukuro, and in about 30 minutes from Shinjuku and Shibuya.

Price: 470円 (about $4 or 4€)

Website: www.hisamatsuyu.jp (Japanese only)

2. Tenzan Onsen (1.5h from Tokyo)

Tattoo Friendly Onsen Tokyo - Tenzan Onsen

Location: Hakone, Kanagawa Prefecture

All Tattoos Accepted But: Tenzan Hot Spring Village (天山湯治郷) is a tattoo-friendly onsen near Tokyo that accepts tattooed guests but only under one condition: you have to be alone. In case you have a tattoo and come here with other people they will not let you in. I am not quite sure if that means any group of people or a group of tattooed people since they are a little bit vague about this on their official webpage. Just to be on the safe side I would recommend you to come here alone.

Natural Onsen Near Tokyo: This onsen is actually a little hot spring village that consists of 2 different onsens. One onsen facility is Higana Hot Spring Tenzan and the other one is Kayoi Hot Spring Ikkyu. The baths are among the most famous and most beautiful in Hakone. Higana features a unique cave onsen bath while Kayoi has wooden onsen tubs surrounded by the lush green forest. Both are extremely beautiful hot springs so it doesn’t really matter which one you choose.

Access: From Hakone-Yumoto Station take a bus and get off at Oku Yumoto Iriguchi bus stop (about 7 minutes). Tenzan Onsen ist just a 2-minute walk away from the bus stop. From Tokyo, you can get here in about 90 minutes.

Price: The admission fee for Higana Hot Spring Tenzan is 1,300円 (about $12 or 11€). Kayoi Hot Spring Ikkyu is a little bit cheaper. It costs 1,100円 (about $10 or 9€).

Website: www.tenzan.jp (Japanese only)

3. Hottarakashi Onsen (2h from Tokyo)

Mountain Onsen - Hottarakashi Onsen, Hot Spring View Mt. Fuji Near Tokyo

Location: Yamanashi City, near Kofu, Yamanashi Prefecture

No Official Tattoo Regulation: Hottarakashi Onsen (ほったらかし温泉) is a tattoo-friendly onsen that accepts all guests with tattoos. On their website, there is nothing written about tattoos, and many tattooed Japanese, as well as foreign guests with tattoos, commented that they were allowed to enter the onsen without problems.

Mt. Fuji View Onsen: This onsen is a famous hot spring renowned for the stunning views of Mount Fuji that you have from its outdoor baths. If you can, come really early in the morning and take a bath while watching the sunrise over Japan’s sacred mountain. The night view is also insanely beautiful, though, with glittering lights below you. In case you are into anime you might recognize this onsen from the anime Yuru Camp△.

Access: 10 minutes by taxi from Yamanashishi Station. If you take the  JR Limited Express train towards Kofu, you can get here in 2 – 3 hours from Tokyo.

Price: 800円 (about $8 or 8€)

Website: www.hottarakashi-onsen.com (Japanese only)

4. Musashi-Koyama Onsen Shimizu-Yu (Near Shibuya)

Tattoo Friendly Onsen in Tokyo - Musashi-Koyama Onsen Shimizu-Yu

Location: Musashi-Koyama, 18 minutes from Shibuya, Tokyo city

No Official Tattoo Regulation But: I could not find any official tattoo regulation on the webpage of Musashi-Koyama Onsen Shimizu-Yu (武蔵小山温泉), but one of my Japanese friends told me that you can go as long as you are visiting alone.

Natural Hot Spring in Tokyo: Shimizu-Yu is a nice free-flowing hot spring bath in Tokyo with a variety of indoor baths and a rotenburo. They also have one of the famous Kuro-yu or “Black Water Baths”. The spring water comes from 2 different natural hot springs. One is said to be a 1 to 2 million old spring while the other one is 5 million years old.

Access: 6 minutes from Musashi-Koyama Station

Price: 470円 (about $4 or 4€)

Website: www.shimkizuyu.com (Japanese only)

5. Daigoku-yu (Near Tokyo Skytree)

Tattoo Friendly Onsen in Tokyo - Daigoku-yu

Location: Oshiage, Near Tokyo Skytree, Tokyo city

All Tattoos Accepted: Daigoku-yu (大黒湯) is a Sento that accepts tattooed visitors and it is just a few minutes away from Tokyo Skytree. On their English webpage in the FAQ section, they openly answer the question about tattoos with “Tattoo is ok”.

Natural Hot Spring Sento in Tokyo: This gender-separated Sento is also referred to as “Oshiage Onsen Daigoku-yu” and its spring water comes from a real natural hot spring that has been discovered 70 years ago. The indoor baths feature a painting of Mount Fuji and they have 2 special baths that are available on alternating days. One of them is an open-air bath. Men can use the outdoor bath on days with an odd number, while women can use it on a day with an even number. You should try to visit on a day where you can soak in the open-air bath.

Access: An 8-minute walk from Oshiage Station or a 12-minute walk from Kinshicho Station. Walking to Tokyo Skytree takes 12 minutes and to Asakusa’s Senso-ji Temple it takes about 26 minutes, so a very convenient location for sightseeing.

Price: 470円 (about $4 or 4€)

Website: www.daikokuyu.com

6. Yamato no Yu (2h from Tokyo)

Tattoo Friendly Onsen Tokyo - Yamato No Yu

Location: Near Narita International Airport, Chiba Prefecture

All Tattoos Accepted: Yamato no Yu (大和の湯) clearly state on their official homepage that tattoos are permitted and that they do not have a policy prohibiting tattoos. They also mention that they do not judge guests by their looks or by what they wear and that they want to help the new generation to fully enjoy their onsen experience.

Natural Onsen Near Tokyo: Yamato no Yu’s spring water comes from a natural hot spring that flows directly underneath the onsen. They have gender-separated indoor and outdoor bathing facilities with a total of 8 open-air baths including wooden tubs and Jacuzzis. You can also rent one of their 3 exclusive rooms with a private onsen open-air bath. However, the rooms can only be used from 10:00 – 22:00 o’clock, since the onsen does not offer overnight stays.

Access: 23 minutes on foot from Shimōsa-Manzaki Station on the JR Narita Line.  It takes about 2 hours to get there from Tokyo. Narita International Airport is less than 1 hour away.

Price: ¥850 (about $8 or 7€)

Website: www.yamatonoyu.com

7. Akazawa Onsen Resort & Spa (2h from Tokyo)

Beach Onsen - Akazawa Onsen Resort & Spa Beautiful Hot Spring Near Tokyo

Location: Izu Kogen, Ito, Shizuoka Prefecture

All Tattoos Accepted: Akazawa Onsen Resort & Spa (赤沢温泉郷) have written on their webpage that they “welcome guests with tattoos”. Since I could only find this information on their official English website and not on their Japanese webpage, this might only hold true if you are not Japanese. However, I also found a few recent comments from Japanese people that said that they could enter without any issues even if the staff saw their tattoos.

Ocean View Onsen: Akazawa Onsen Resort & Spa is an absolutely stunning onsen with views of the ocean that offers a huge variety of pools and tubs. The onsen’s highlights are the 2 infinity open-air hot spring pools with a length of 25 meters and 20 meters. From each of them, you have a dramatic panorama view over Shizuoka’s coastline and the Pacific Ocean. Among the baths, you will also find stone tub baths and wooden barrel baths – everything a real onsen enthusiast needs. Akazawa Onsen Resort & Spa is actually an onsen hotel and they also have guest rooms with private onsen.

Access: To the right of  Izu Kogen Station you will find a bus stop where you can hop on the spa’s free shuttle service. For the onsen get off at “Akazawa Higaeri Onsenkan” aka the “Day Use Hot Spring”. You can get to Izu Kogen in about 2 hours from Tokyo, but the JR Pass is only valid until Ito Station.

Price: 1,600円 (about $15 or 15€)

Website: www.izuakazawa.jp

8. Yudonburi Sakaeyu (Asakusa)

Tattoo Friendly Onsen Tokyo - Yudonburi Sakaeyu

Location: Asakusa, Tokyo city

All Tattoos Accepted: Yudonburi Sakaeyu (湯どんぶり栄湯) have an English page where they clearly say that tattoos are ok. They do not mention this in Japanese on their webpage, but they have a written Japanese sign that says “当店は刺青・タトゥーある方の入店OKです” which roughly translates as “Guests with irezumi or tattoos are allowed to enter our shop”.

Hot Spring Sento in Tokyo: The full name of this public bath is actually “Tennen Onsen Yudonburi Sakaeyu”. Tennen Onsen means “Natural Hot Spring”, but I am not 100% sure if this is a real natural onsen by definition because the spring water is only 23°C and they use (natural) solar energy to heat it up to 40°C. The open-air tub bath has a little bit of an onsen feel to it, though. Sometimes they also offer special bathing experiences like apple or yuzu baths.

Access: 20 minutes further north of Asakusa Station. From Senso-ji Temple you can walk there in about 16 minutes.

Price: 470円 (about $4 or 4€)

Website: www.sakaeyu.com

9. Ofuro Cafe Utatane (1h from Tokyo)

Tattoo Friendly Onsen Near Tokyo - Ofuro Cafe Utatane

Location: Omiya, Saitama Prefecture

Covered Tattoos OK: Ofuro Cafe Utatane (おふろcafe utatane) mention on their FAQ webpage that guests with tattoos can enter as long as they fully cover their tattoos with 1 sticker. They sell stickers with a size of 12.8 x 18.2 centimeters (about the size of a B6 sheet of paper).

Hot Spring Cafe Near Tokyo: This hot spring cafe or wellness cafe has a pretty interesting concept: a cafe with public baths, wellness treatments, and even accommodation. Instead of directly flowing into the bathtubs, the onsen water is actually brought from a hot spring called Hakuju-no-yu. That is at least what they say on their webpage in English. When I checked the Japanese version they do not mention the natural hot spring, so I am a little bit skeptical if this is a real natural onsen.

Access: 19 minutes on foot from JR Nisshin Station or a 12-minutes walk from Tetsudō-Hakubutsukan Station. From Shibuya, you can get to the onsen in about 1 hour. From Ikebukuro, Asakusa, and Shinjuku it takes a little bit less than 1 hour.

Price: 1,260円 (about $12 or 11€)

Website: www.ofurocafe-utatane.com

10. Ohtaki No Yu (3h from Tokyo)

Tattoo Friendly Onsen Near Tokyo - Kusatsu Onsen Goza No Yu

Location: Kusatsu Onsen, Gunma Prefecture

All Tattoos Accepted: Ohtaki No Yu (大滝乃湯), also written as Otakinoyu, have written on the bottom of their webpage that foreign visitors with non-gang-related body art are welcome.

Natural Onsen: Now we are getting to the really beautiful onsen. Ohtaki No Yu’s free-flowing onsen baths are fed by the Nikawa hot spring source. The gender-separated facilities feature several extremely nice indoor and open-air baths with temperatures from 38°C to 46°C. One of its baths is built in such a way that it creates a hot water cascade. If you have time for a day trip Kusatsu Onsen is the No. 1 place I recommend you to go in order to soak in a tattoo-friendly onsen near Tokyo. Since there are several tattoo-friendly hot springs you can visit you can even do onsen hopping.

Access: 6 minutes from Kusatsu Onsen bus stop. If you take the Hokuriku-Shinkansen to Karuizawa Station and transfer to one of the buses bound for Kusatsu Onsen you can get there in 3 hours from Tokyo.

Price: 900円 (about $8 or 8€)

Website: www.othtakinoyu.com

11. Sainokawara Rotenburo (3h from Tokyo)

Tattoo Friendly Onsen Near Tokyo - Kusatsu Onsen Goza No Yu

Location: Kusatsu Onsen, Gunma Prefecture

All Tattoos Accepted: Sainokawara Rotenburo (西の河原 露天風呂) seem to belong to the same group as Ohtaki No Yu, because they mention the same about tattoos. Foreign guests with tattoos are allowed to enter as long as they do not belong to a gang.

Natural Onsen: This is another really beautiful onsen in Kusatsu. The tattoo-friendly onsen has a 500 square meter open-air bath that is surrounded by pink cherry blossoms in spring, green trees in summer, red leaves in autumn, and white snow in winter. Because of the size of its rotenburo, this is a really good onsen if you are traveling in a larger group.

Access: 14 minutes away from Kusatsu Onsen bus stop. To get to Kusatsu in 3 hours you have to take the Hokuriku-Shinkansen to Karuizawa Station and transfer to one of the buses bound for Kusatsu Onsen. The JR Pass is only valid on the trains, unfortunately.

Price: 600円 (about $6 or 5€)

Website: www.sainokawara.com

12. Goza No Yu (3h from Tokyo)

Tattoo Friendly Onsen Near Tokyo - Kusatsu Onsen Goza No Yu

Location: Kusatsu Onsen, Gunma Prefecture

All Tattoos Accepted: Goza No Yu (御座之湯) is another tattoo-friendly onsen located in Kusatsu Hot Spring Town. Foreign visitors with tattoos are accepted and can soak to their heart’s content.

Natural Onsen: This tattoo-friendly onsen near Tokyo will give you a taste of Kusatsu’s hot spring past. The elegant architecture made of cedar trees has been built with traditional techniques and combines styles from the Edo- and Meiji-period and looks insanely beautiful. Inside the onsen, you will find a bathing facility with stone baths and one with wooden baths. The 2 gender-separated bathing facilities are alternated on a daily bath so you can either soak in the wooden hot spring baths or the stone hot spring baths.

Access: 3 minutes away from Kusatsu Onsen bus stop. To get to Kusatsu in 3 hours you have to take the Hokuriku-Shinkansen to Karuizawa Station and transfer to one of the buses bound for Kusatsu Onsen. The JR Pass is only valid on the trains, unfortunately.

Price: 600円 (about $6 or 5€)

Website: www.gozanoyu.com

13. Hakone Onsen Sanso Nakamura (1.5h from Tokyo)

Tattoo Friendly Onsen Near Tokyo - Hakone Onsen Sanso Nakamura

Location: Hakone Onsen, Kanagawa Prefecture

No Official Tattoo Regulation: Hakone Onsen Sanso Nakamura  (箱根温泉山荘 なかむら) do not mention on their official homepage if tattoos are ok or not and they are listed in one of the tattoo-friendly onsen databases. Therefore, tattoos are probably ok, but just to be sure better call them beforehand.

Natural Onsen Near Tokyo: Sanso Nakamura offers 2 baths. One large indoor bath from where you can see bamboo trees, and one smaller indoor bath from where you can see a small Japanese-style garden. Which gender can use which bath depends on the number of female and males guests, so you might only be able to enjoy the smaller bath.

Access: 7 minutes from Senkyoro Mae bus stop. From Tokyo, you can get to the onsen in about 1.5 hours. Take the Shinkansen to Odawara and transfer to the local transportation to Hakone.

Price: 1,000円 (about $9 or 8€) for day-trippers, but there is a time limit of 1 hour. They also have a plan for 4,000円 (about $37 or 33€) where you can bath and relax for 3 hours.

Website: www.hpdsp.jp/hakonesanso-nakamura

14. Nikko Station Hotel Classic (2h from Tokyo)

Tattoo Friendly Onsen Near Tokyo - Nikko Station Hotel Classic

Location: Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture

Small Tattoos OK: Nikko Station Hotel Classic (日光ステーションホテルクラシック is a tattoo-friendly Onsen Hotel located in one of the most popular day trip destinations from Tokyo. Even though they do not advertise it on their webpage, one of my friends actually stayed at the hotel and asked if she can enter the hot spring showing the staff her small tattoo. The front desk was very nice and said it was perfectly fine. I also found other guests saying in their review that this onsen hotel is tattoo-friendly. I can not guarantee that you will be allowed to enter the onsen when you have big tattoos but small ones are definitely okay.

Natural Onsen Hotel Near Tokyo: Here you can soak in modern but traditional looking natural hot spring baths. The hotel’s onsen facilities are gender-separated with an indoor and outdoor bath. Since they welcome day-trippers you can even take a bath if you are not staying overnight. While not the most traditional onsen, it is definitely worthwhile a visit when you are in Nikko.

Access: 1 minute from Nikko Station. Depending on where you are in Tokyo you can get to Nikko in about 2 – 2.5 hours.

Price: 700円 (about $7 or 6€)

Website: www.nikko-stationhotel.jp (Japanese only)

15. Kusatsu Sakura Resort Hotel (3h from Tokyo)

Tattoo Friendly Onsen Near Tokyo - Kusatsu Onsen Sakura Resort Hotel

Location: Kusatsu Onsen, Gunma Prefecture

No Official Tattoo Regulation: Kusatsu Sakura Resort Hotel (草津さくらリゾートホテル) does not have an official tattoo regulation. However, they are in the database of several tattoo-friendly onsen websites and Kusatsu Onsen in general is known as a hot spring town that welcomes foreign guests with tattoos. In addition, they have 3 private open-air hot spring baths that can be used by staying guests without any additional costs.

Natural Onsen: This is a beautiful natural onsen resort hotel located in Kusatsu Hot Spring Village. Here you can enjoy a huge variety of onsen baths including pottery baths and wooden baths. If you come here in winter you can soak while being surrounded by snow.

Access: 12 minutes walk from Kusatsu Onsen bus stop. To get to Kusatsu in 3 hours you have to take the Hokuriku-Shinkansen to Karuizawa Station and transfer to one of the buses bound for Kusatsu Onsen. The JR Pass is only valid on the trains, unfortunately.

Price: Overnight stay from 5,000円 (about $46 or 41€)

Website: www.kusatsu-sakura.com (Japanese only)

16. Chichibu Ogano Onsen Ryokan Ryozanpaku (3h from Tokyo)

Tattoo Friendly Onsen Near Tokyo - Chichibu Ogano Onsen Ryokan Ryozanpaku

Location: Chichibu, Saitama Prefecture

Small Tattoos OK: Chichibu Ogano Onsen Ryokan Ryozanpaku (秩父小鹿野温泉旅館 梁山泊) accepts small-sized tattoos in their public onsen facilities. If you have bigger tattoos you can only use their rental private hot spring bath. I could not find this information on their official website but got it from this Japanese webpage that lists tattoo-friendly onsen.

Natural Hot Spring Hotel: The natural hot spring hotel offers a huge variety of baths and they also have an open-air bath. They have all kinds of plans like for example an overnight stay with free usage of the rental private hot spring or a day visit with lunch. Their page is a little bit old and unorganized so, to be honest I did not spend a lot of time researching all the possibilities.
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Access: From Seibu-Chichibu Station take the bus and get off at Mishima bus stop (32 minutes). The onsen hotel is a 17-minute walk away from the bus stop. If you are traveling in a group they also offer to pick you up at Chichibu Station. From Ikebukuro, you can get to Chichibu in 1.5 hours.

Price: From 3,000円 (about $28 or 25€)

Website: www.ryouzanpaku.net (Japanese only)

17. Kagoiwa Onsen Ryokan (3h from Tokyo)

Tattoo Friendly Onsen Nikko - Kagoiwa Onsen

Location: Near Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture

All Tattoos Accepted: Kagoiwa Onsen (かご岩温泉旅館) have written on their webpage that tattoos are okay if you stick to the bathing etiquette. That just means cleaning you thoroughly and washing your hair before you enter the onsen, no towels and no clothes in the water, etc.

Natural Onsen Ryokan: This tattoo-friendly onsen ryokan is not far from Nikko. They have an outdoor bath overlooking the river and the mountains and an indoor bath. While the onsen might feel a bit run down their food and the hospitality of the owners are exceptional. You can select one of their day-trip plans and soak in the onsen as a non-staying guest.

Access: 30 minutes on foot from Shin-Takatoku Station. The onsen is about 1 hour away from Nikko and 3 hours away from Tokyo.

Price: From 1,500円 (about $14 or 12€) for a day-trip plan with lunch and onsen

Website: www.kagoiwaonsen.jp

18. The Ryokan Tokyo Yugawara (1.5h from Tokyo)

Tattoo Friendly Onsen Tokyo - The Ryokan Hotel Yugawara

Location: Yugawara, Near Hakone, Kanagawa Prefecture

All Tattoos Accepted: The Ryokan Tokyo is a new tattoo-friendly onsen ryokan that accepts visitors with tattoos. I could not find the information on their official webpage, but I found an official comment from one of their representatives that they are open and welcome everybody including people with tattoos. You can also find many Japanese and English posts stating that they are tattoo-friendly.

Natural Onsen Ryokan Near Tokyo: This ryokan opens its onsen facilities to day-trippers and is quite popular among foreign guests. Unfortunately, there is only one indoor bath but it is fed by the natural Yugawara hot spring.

Access: Take the train to Yugawara Sation and transfer to a bus bound for Oku-Yugawara. After 10 minutes get off at Fujikibashi bus stop and walk the 300 meters to the onsen. From Tokyo, the whole trip takes about 1.5 hours by Shinkansen.

Price: 550円 (about $5 or 5€)

Website: www.theryokantokyo.com (Japanese only)

19. Soshigaya Onsen 21 (Near Shibuya)

Tattoo Friendly Onsen in Tokyo - Soshigaya Onsen 21

Location: Setagaya, Near Shibuya, Tokyo city

No Official Tattoo Regulation: Soshigaya Onsen 21 (そしがや温泉21) is another tattoo-friendly and quite famous hot spring sento located directly in Tokyo. On their official website, you won’t find any information about tattoos, so one of my Japanese friends called them and the owner told him that guests with tattoos are welcome as long as they do not cause any trouble. Since this is no official information I would recommend you check once more with the owner before you enter.

Natural Hot Spring Sento in Tokyo: This is quite a traditional looking Sento in Tokyo that gets its water from a confirmed natural hot spring that originated about 27,000 years ago. The gender-separated facilities offer a variety of indoor pools including a silky bath, a black water bath, and a mini pool. Unfortunately, the Sento does not have an outdoor bath.

Access: 5 minutes away from Soshigaya-Okura Station. You can get here in about half an hour from Shibuya Station.

Price: 470円 (about $4 or 4€)

Website: www.soshigaya-onsen21.com (Japanese only)

20. Takaragawa Onsen Osenkaku (3h from Tokyo)

River Onsen Near Tokyo - Takaragawa Onsen Osenkaku

Location: Takaragawa Onsen, Near Minakami Onsen, Gunma Prefecture

No Official Tattoo Regulation: Takaragawa Onsen Osenkaku (宝川温泉 汪泉閣) is a little bit of a grey-zone when it comes to tattoos. They do not have an official statement on their webpage, but I want to mention it here because in the mixed-gender outdoor bath you have to wear a special bathing garment that covers most of your body. Only your bare shoulders, arms, and lower legs are visible. So even with bigger tattoos on your back, waist, or hip you could be fine. However, the garment is only worn in the huge mixed-gender outdoor bath. So as I suggested before better check once more by yourself before you go.

River View Onsen Near Tokyo: This is one of the most beautiful river hot springs in Japan and also one of the mixed-gender baths that are the closest to Tokyo. It is renowned for its beautiful outdoor baths that turn into a snow onsen wonderland when everything is covered in white in winter. Everyone has to wear a special bathing garment provided by the onsen when they enter the mixed-gender outdoor bath. But there is also women-only outdoor bath and gender-separated indoor bathing facilities where you are not allowed to wear the garment anymore. So you really have to judge by yourself if this is an option with the tattoos you have.

Access: A 30-minute bus ride from Minakami Station on the JR Joetsu Line. Get off at Takaragawa Iriguchi bus stop from where it is a 20-minute walk to the onsen. You can visit the onsen as a day trip from Tokyo. One-way takes about 3 hours.

Price: 2,000円 (about $18 or 17€)

Website: www.takaragawa.com

More Tattoo Friendly Onsen in Japan

Tattoo Friendly Onsen & Hot Spring Ryokans in Japan: My ultimate list of 33 onsen and onsen ryokan that allow tattoos all over Japan. The first 10 are tattoo-friendly onsen near Tokyo. The rest are hot springs in Kansai, northern Japan, and southern Japan.

Alex (RockinJapan)

Hey. I'm Alex. I've been living in Japan since 2015. Before moving to Tokyo, I traveled through Japan for 7 months to visit all 47 prefectures. Traveling and staying in Japan has been so much fun and such an incredible experience that I decided to write about it. I noticed there isn't a lot of information about hot springs and onsen towns in Japan, so I'm focusing on this topic. Hopefully, my articles will help you to get the most out of your trip and to fully enjoy your time in Japan! Alex

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