Hot Springs for budget travellers in Japan

Finland has saunas, Canada has lakes, and Japan has hot springs. Called onsen (温泉) in Japanese, visitors should try it at least once. Even if you will probably be naked!

Highlights

Hot springs by region

Tokyo and Kanto

Oedo Hot Spring

Oedo Onsen Monogatari is an amazing hot spring, with many baths, restaurants and other attractions....

Hakone

Hakone (箱根) is the most popular Tokyo side trip.  There is something for everyone here,...

Sakura Hot Spring

Sakura Onsen is a modern hot spring in Tokyo that uses real hot spring water....

Osaka, Kyoto and Kansai

Kinosaki Onsen

Kinosaki Onsen (城崎温泉) is a popular hot spring town in Kansai. The town is full...

Kyushu

Kagoshima

Kagoshima (鹿児島) is a large city in southern Kyushu surrounded by exceptional scenery and often...

Kurokawa Onsen

Kurokawa Onsen (黒川温泉), literally meaning Black River Hot Spring, is a facinating mountain area densely...

Ibusuki – chill out in the hot sand heaven

Ibusuki (指宿) is a great day-trip location from Kagoshima, most famous for hot sand baths....

Shimabara

Shimabara (島原) is a small castle town, from which tourists can take a ferry to...

Yakushima – Japan’s top hiking experience

Yakushima (屋久島) is a World Heritage listed subtropical island in southern Kyushu. It is usually...

Beppu

Do you want to experience the most crazy, odd and extreme hot springs in Japan?...

Unzen Onsen

Unzen Onsen (雲仙温泉) is the most famous hot spring resort near Nagasaki. After experiencing city...

Obama Hot Spring

Obama (小浜町) is an interesting little town on the route between Nagasaki and Unzen. While...

Yufuin – 100 yen hot spring heaven

Yufuin (由布院) is Beppu's little sister, a smaller and quieter hot spring town with a...

Hokkaido

Hakodate

Hakodate (函館), as one of the first cities in Japan to open up to international...

Lake Toya (Toyako)

Lake Toya (洞爺湖) is one of the best hot spring towns in Japan for budget...

Fukiage Hot Spring (FREE)

Fukiage Hot Spring (吹上温泉) has to be one of the best, if not the best,...

Asahidake Mountain and Hot Spring

Asahidake (旭岳) is one of the most famous mountains in Japan, and often on tourists itineraries...

Sounkyo Onsen

Sounkyo Onsen (層雲峡温泉) is a famous hot spring town in the Daisetsuzan National Park in...

Noboribetsu Onsen

Along with nearby Lake Toya, Noboribetsu Onsen (登別温泉) is a great place for budget travelers who want...

Tokachi Onsen

Tokachi Onsen (十勝岳温泉) is a famous hot spring area in Hokkaido. Quieter than places such...

Japanese Alps and Chubu

Kusatsu Onsen – stunningly unique hot spring town

Kusatsu Onsen (草津温泉) is a hot spring town in the Japanese Alps, and popular with...

Yudanaka and Monkey Park

Yudanaka and nearby Shibu Onsen are traditional hot spring areas, full of interesting old buildings,...

Hakuba

Hakuba is the place to go for affordable, but excellent snowboarding or ski slopes.  The...

Kaga Onsen

Kaga Onsen (加賀温泉) is a collection of easily and cheaply accessible hot spring areas. Each area...

Takayama

Takayama is a beautiful town in the Japanese Alps.  It is famous for it's festivals,...

Shikoku

Matsuyama and Dogo Onsen – Shikoku’s special hot spring city

Matsuyama (松山) is a popular tourist city in Shikoku, best known for Dogo Onsen (道後温泉). Considered to...

Tohoku

Nyuto Onsen

Nyuto Onsen (乳頭温泉) is one of the most famous hot spring towns in Japan, with it's...