2. Featured Onsen (Hot Springs)
yumura onsen Shosenkyo Gorge

Shingen no Yu, Yumura Onsen: Famous hot springs beloved by warlords and cultural figures

  “Shingen no Yu, Yumura Onsen” is an onsen town in Kofu, Yamanashi Prefecture, known…

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Tsuetate onsen carp streamers

Tsuetate Onsen: Where carp streamers billow in the steam of the hot springs

  On the border of Kumamoto and Oita prefectures in Kyushu is to be found…

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Tokachigawa Onsen snow Tokachi Plain Tokachi Ranch white birch street

Tokachigawa Onsen: An Onsen Village featuring “moor hot springs” rare in Japan

  A 20-minute bus ride from eastern Hokkaido’s Obihiro City is Tokachigawa Onsen. It is…

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Okuhida Onsen Go Shinhotaka Onsen

Okuhida Onsengo: Onsen paradise in the Hida Mountains, rich in abundant hot spring water

  Okuhida Onsengo (Okuhida Onsen Village) in Gifu Prefecture is an onsen paradise surrounded by…

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Togatta Onsen Kokeshi dolls Kokeshi bashi bridge

Togatta Onsen: An onsen town preserving the tradition of cute kokeshi dolls

  At the foot of Mount Zao on the border between Miyagi Prefecture and Yamagata…

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Unazuki Onsen Kurobe Gorge Kurobe Gorge Railway train torokko

Unazuki Onsen: One of the best onsen areas in the Hokuriku region, at a beautiful gorge

  Along the Kurobe-gawa River which flows between the Tateyama Mountains and Ushirotateyama Mountains in…

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Akiu Onsen Rairaikyo Gorge

Akiu Onsen: A hot spring in the great outdoors once beloved by Japan’s famous warlord

  A 30-minute drive from Sendai Station in Miyagi Prefecture to the west brings you…

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Shima Onsen Sekizenkan Onsen Bridge

Shima Onsen: Recharge with the power of nature at this secluded hot spring resort

  In northwestern Gunma Prefecture near its border with Niigata Prefecture is Shima Onsen, located…

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YamagaOnsen Buzen Kaido

Yamaga Onsen: A cozy hot spring town preserving the culture and townscape of yesteryear

  During the Edo period (1603-1868), daimyo (provincial lords) frequented Buzen Kaido, the highway connecting…

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Niseko Onsen Snow skiing snowboarding

Niseko Onsen: Onsen town with many things to enjoy, from onsen to various activities

  Known as a great place for skiing and snowboarding, Niseko Town is one of…

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Kaminoyama Onsen attractive castle town

Kaminoyama Onsen: Mild Onsen in an attractive castle town

  Located in Kaminoyama City, Yamagata Prefecture and surrounded by mountains, such the Zao Mountains,…

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Awara Onsen Foot bath

Awara Onsen: One of the biggest onsen towns in Fukui, home to a food stall village with a cozy atmosphere

  Located in the northern part of Fukui Prefecture with hilly terrain to the north…

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Bandai Atami Onsen

Bandai Atami Onsen: An onsen resort with the legend of “onsen for beautiful skin”

Photo:Koriyama City Tourist Association   Located in Koriyama City, Fukushima Prefecture, Bandai Atami Onsen is…

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Yudanaka-Shibu Onsen

Yudanaka Shibu Onsen: A scenic onsen town loved by a prominent haiku poet

  Located in Yamanouchi Town, Shimotakai County, Nagano Prefecture, the Yudanaka Shibu Onsen Town which…

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Yugawara Onsen

Yugawara Onsen: An onsen town with a history of more than 1,000 years, healing people’s wounds and attracting people

  Located within 60 minutes by limited train from Yokohama, Yugawara Onsen in Kanagawa Prefecture…

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Sounkyo Onsen

Sounkyo Onsen: An onsen resort tucked in a gorge of the northern outdoors

  Located in Hokkaido’s immense Daisetsuzan National Park is Sounkyo, a gorge that showcases the…

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Sukayu Onsen

Sukayu Onsen: The historic “fountain of healing above the clouds”

  Sukayu is located 925 meters above sea level atop the refreshing highlands of the…

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Ureshino Onsen

Ureshino Onsen: A hot spring resort offering relaxation and beauty

  Ureshino Onsen flourished during the Edo period (1603-1867) as a post town located along…

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Kamisuwa Onsen

Kami-Suwa Onsen: A lakeside onsen town for the sophisticated traveler

  Located in the central part of Nagano Prefecture, Kami-Suwa Onsen town spreads out along…

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Iya Onsen Shin-Iya Onsen

Iya / Shin-Iya Onsen: bathe in a canyon amid nature’s splendor

  Iya Valley is in the mountainous center of Shikoku near the border between western…

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Kinosaki Onsen

Kinosaki Onsen: Onsen-hop at a historic hot spring town overlooked by a temple

  Kinosaki Onsen is located in the northern part of Hyogo Prefecture on the western,…

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Dogo Onsen

Dogo Onsen: enjoy an historic onsen and fine onsen town

  Located in Matsuyama City, Ehime Prefecture, in the north-west part of Shikoku Island, Dogo…

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Arima Onsen

Arima Onsen: visiting the historic onsen loved by feudal lord Toyotomi Hideyoshi in Kansai

  Located in Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture, Arima Onsen is a historic onsen town attracting…

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Kinugawa Onsen

Kinugawa Onsen: Impressive view of a grand valley at one of the biggest onsen resorts in Kanto

  Nikko in Tochigi Prefecture is among the most popular tourist destinations in Japan. Located…

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Yunokawa Onsen

Yunokawa Onsen: coastal onsen resort with great night view

  Stretching along the coastline, Yunokawa Onsen is about 5 minutes by car from Hakodate…

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Yamashiro Onsen: a prestigious onsen beloved by a great artist

  Yamashiro Onsen is part of Kaga Onsen-kyo in Ishikawa Prefecture, which is known for…

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Beppu Onsen

Beppu Onsen: Onsen town with abundant spring resources and various types of spring water

  Surrounded by the ocean and mountains, Beppu City, Oita Prefecture is an onsen town…

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Wakura Onsen: a seaside hot spring town discovered by the White Heron

  Set on Ishikawa Prefecture’s Noto Peninsula, Wakura Onsen is an “ocean hot spring,” rare…

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Hanamaki Onsen-kyo: A dozen hot springs in a town of flowers

  In the western part of Iwate Prefecture’s Hanamaki City, centered along the Dai-gawa and…

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Noboribetsu Onsen

Noboribetsu Onsen: feel the earth’s power at Hokkaido’s premier hot spring area

  Noboribetsu is a coastal city in southwestern Hokkaido. About 6km from the city Noboribetsu…

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Nasu Onsen

Nasu Onsen: still cool in summer! Onsen on the plateau

  Nasu Onsen refers to several onsen areas located in the resorts on the Nasu…

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Minakami Onsen

18 hot springs in Minakami: enjoy onsen in a town blessed with abundant nature and water resource

  Located in the northern part of Gunma Prefecture, Minakami is a town with rich…

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Isawa Onsen

Isawa Onsen: one of the biggest onsen resorts in Yamanashi, a prefecture of hot springs

  It takes 90 minutes by limited express train from Tokyo to get to Isawa…

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Kaike Onsen

Kaike Onsen: unwind on an exquisite coastline of white sand and blue pine trees

  In northwestern Tottori Prefecture, Yonago City is home to one of the most popular…

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Naruko Onsen

Naruko Onsen-Kyo Village: diverse waters in Tohoku’s great spa town

  At the northernmost point of Miyagi Prefecture are the five hot springs that make…

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Ito Onsen

Ito Onsen: a seaside onsen town adored by Japan’s cultural figures

  Ito Onsen, located in Ito City, Shizuoka Prefecture on the eastern side of the…

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Atami Onsen

Atami Onsen: a 1,200 year-old hot spring resort by the sea

  An hour and a half from Tokyo in the coastal city of Atami in…

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Kurokawa Onsen

Kurokawa Onsen: a choice of springs in this elegant onsen village

  Deep in the mountainous hinterlands of Kyushu is the hot spring village of Kurokawa…

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Ikaho Onsen

Ikaho Onsen: An atmospheric onsen town of the iconic stone steps

  On the side of Mount Haruna in Shibukawa City of Gunma Prefecture lies Ikaho…

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Zao Onsen

Zao Onsen: 1,900 years since its opening! One of the oldest onsen towns in Japan

  Straddling Yamagata Prefecture and Miyagi Prefecture, Zao Onsen used to prosper as the west-side…

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Hakone Onsen

Hakone Onsen: One of the most popular onsen in Japan with great access from Tokyo

  Hakone has great access from Tokyo, only about one and a half hours by…

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Kusatsu Onsen

Kusatsu Onsen: Japan’s famous hot spring, symbolized by the “Yubatake”

  Kusatsu Onsen in Gunma Prefecture is one of the onsen resorts near Tokyo. With…

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Izu-Shimoda Onsen

Izu Shimoda Onsen: feel the winds from foreign lands at this hot spring port town

  Shimoda City in Shizuoka Prefecture, at the southern tip of the Izu Peninsula. Emerging…

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Nanki-Shirahama Onsen

Nanki Shirahama Onsen: 15 springs! Hot springs and sightseeing abound. This Japanese beach resort has it all!

  Nanki Shirahama Onsen is one of the most prominent hot spring resorts in the…

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Tamatsukuri Onsen

Tamatsukuri Onsen: famed beautifying hot springs rejuvenating skin since ancient times

  About a 15-minute drive from the center of Matsue City in Shimane Prefecture, Japan’s…

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Ibusuki Onsen

Ibusuki Onsen: Warm up your body and soul with a steam sand bath and onsen with a gorgeous view

  Ibusuki Onsen used to be called “Yuhosuki,” represented by Chinese letters that mean an…

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Yufuin Onsen

Yufuin Onsen: hot springs cradled in Mount Yufu-dake amid the beauty of nature

  Yufu-dake in northeastern Oita Prefecture has been revered as a divine mountain from time…

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Gero Onsen

Gero Onsen: Be moved by this hot spring village in the mountains

  Nestled in the middle of Japan in Gifu Prefecture’s Hida River basin, is Gero…

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Koganezaki Furofushi Onsen

Koganezaki Furofushi Onsen:Soaking in an open-air bath while watching the sunset sinking over the horizon and listening to the sound of the surf provides the ultimate in relaxation time.

Open-air bath with a view of the sea Koganezaki Furofushi Onsen is in Aomori Prefecture…

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Nagato Yumoto Onsen: A traditional hot spring town transformed for the future

  Nagato Yumoto Onsen is located in Nagato City in Yamaguchi Prefecture, the westernmost point…

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Togura-Kamiyamada Onsen

Togura Kamiyamada Onsen: A peaceful hot spring town with abundant blessings from the mountains around

A retro-flavored onsen resort with unspoiled scenery of “good old” Japan provides a perfect place…

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Kirishima onsen

Kirishima Onsen: Hot Springs and Delicious Food from the Mountain

  Located almost in the center of Kagoshima Prefecture, Kirishima City has for background magnificent…

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yamanaka onsen

Yamanaka Onsen: Onsen in a valley with a history and traditional culture of 1,300 years

  Yamanaka Onsen in Ishikawa Prefecture has a long history: it is said that the…

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unzen onsen

Unzen onsen: feel the heat from “hell”

  Located in Nagasaki Prefecture on Kyushu Island, Unzen has been widely known as an…

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shirabu onsen

Shirabu Onsen: A quiet time surrounded by pure white snow

  Located in Yonezawa City, Yamagawa Prefecture, Shirabu Onsen is a long-established onsen with a…

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Bessho onsen

Bessho Onsen: Onsen with more than 1,000 years of history

Ueda Dentetsu Bessho Line and Bessho Onsen Located in Ueda City, Nagano Prefecture, Bessho Onsen…

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Iizaka onsen

Iizaka Onsen: Revitalize Yourself with Hot Spring Water and Fruit

  Iizaka Onsen is located in Fukushima City, an inland area of Fukushima Prefecture. Recognized…

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Nyuto onsen

Nyutou Onsen: Hot spring connoisseurs’ favorite hidden gem surrounded by mountains

  Located at the foot of Mount Nyuto in Akita Prefecture, the Tohoku Region, Nyuto…

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asamushi onsen

Asamushi Onsen: Great onsen surrounded by the ocean and mountains

  Located at the base of the Natsudomari Peninsula facing Mutsu Bay in Aomori Prefecture…

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