Japan is known as the "Kingdom of Onsen" because of its natural geography, with more than 2,600 hot springs from the south to the north. Japan's hot springs are not only numerous and varied, but also of high quality. The Japanese call a hot spring a "hot spring" and the people who take a hot spring a "yuke". This is not only a leisurely enjoyment for them, but also a way of life.
1、"Yakudoyu" - Kusatsu Onsen
The most authentic hot spring town in Gunma Prefecture, where you can stroll through the charming old alleyways wearing a kimono and stepping on wooden clogs. Here, you can not only experience the healing geothermal spring water in the secluded mountain hot springs, but also explore the quaint craft stores, feel the unique aroma from the hot water fields of Yubatake, and taste the special hot spring eggs and hot spring steamed buns.
2、The hot spring you can't soak in - Beppu Jigoku Onsen
The name "Jigoku Onsen" comes from the mysterious and unpredictable hot springs. Due to the movement of the earth's crust, water vapor rises violently from the surface of the earth, and the gas and steam rich in iron oxide are continuously emitted. The inferno hot springs are for viewing only, soaking in them is strictly prohibited (the temperature of the hot springs can reach 98 degrees Celsius)!
In addition to the amazing natural scenery, you can also enjoy animals such as alligators, miniature horses, and flamingos. Many locations will sell special coiled eggs steamed in spring water and baked pudding.
3、Gero Onsen,- a hot spring under the bridge
Gero Onsen has long been known as one of the best hot spring resorts in Japan. In Gero, most tourists usually choose to stay overnight at the special hot spring hotel. All hotels have hot spring pools, which are only open to hotel guests. However, if you are not planning to stay in Gero, there are also three public baths as well as a free open-air bath located next to Gero Bridge.
4、The purest Japanese countryside - Yubuin Onsen
Located at the foot of Mount Yubutake, Yubuin Onsen is one of the most popular resort towns in Japan, with a variety of traditional Japanese inns and modern hotels offering the ultimate soaking experience. In addition, the town has a lot of trendy and sophisticated cafes, craft stores and small museums for you to explore.
5、Must Experience Hokkaido - Noboribetsu Onsen
Noboribetsu Onsen is one of the top ten hot springs in Japan. Most inns allow non-resident visitors to soak in the hot spring at certain times of the day, and each ryokan will write in the bathing area the different effects of different hot springs on the body. The hot spring water is rich in various minerals and is said to have significant healing effects.
You can choose as much as you want to help you relax and quickly relieve your travel fatigue. At the same time, the surrounding scenery is picturesque, so you can take a slow stroll after enjoying a soak and watch the magic of nature.
6、Atami Onsen,- one of the three oldest springs in Japan
The hot spring water with high salt content here has very good health care effects, helping to relieve neuralgia and excessive coldness, and also helps to restore skin firmness and helps to repair body functions. If you don't want to take a full body bath, there happens to be the famous Ikon no Yu footbath here, which offers the comfort of hot spring water and saves you the trouble of changing clothes.
From the main hot spring area at the foot of the mountain, you can take a ropeway directly to Atami Castle, where you can enjoy not only beautiful views of the town and the Pacific Ocean, but also visit the MOA Art Museum and the AKAO Herb and Rose Garden for an even more entertaining experience.