Monday, September 16, 2019

Onsen in Winter

Best places to enjoy a Japanese hot spring experience.

Winter Activities in Tohoku : Yukimi Onsen

For many, taking a dip in an onsen (hot spring) surrounded by snow-capped mountains while watching snow fall gently is a tranquil experience bordering on the heavenly. This is called yukimi onsen, meaning enjoying...

Come on over to Komatsu (5) : 1300 year old Ryokan – Houshi

Being established in the year 718 Houshi was once recognized as the oldest hotel in the world before another ryokan in Yamanashi prefecture beat its founding date by 13 years. Still, Houshi has been operated...

Toshichi Onsen

Toshichi Onsen is situated in the Towada Hachimantai National Park, which lies between Akita prefecture and Iwate prefecture. Sitting at an altitude of 1,400m, it is the highest hot spring in Tohoku region. It...

Fly me to the ONSEN

“To an onsen!” This was what most WAttention readers said when asked where they’d like to go when they visit Japan. There are more than 2,400 formally registered hot springs all over Japan. The number...

Lake Toya Hot Spring – The Lake View Toya Nonokaze Resort

  Private-use hot springs: Yes Rooms with private view spa: Yes With views of Nakajima Island and Mt. Yotei (also known as Hokkaido’s Mt. Fuji) across the serene lake waters, and active volcano Mt. Usu in...

Noboribetsu Hot Spring – Takinoya

Private-use hot springs: No Rooms with open-air baths: Yes Surrounded by the lush greenery of Shikotsu-Toya National Park in southwestern Hokkaido, Noboribetsu is heralded as one of the world’s most extraordinary hot spring resorts, boasting...

Kawabaonsen – Yutorian

Experience Japan’s original surroundings at this hot spring lodge just 2 hours from Tokyo Kawaba Village in Gunma Prefecture, which is blessed with good quality onsen water, is where the elegant ryokan Yutorian –...

Yakushionsen – Hatago

Enjoy a hidden onsen with character at Yakushionsen Hatago An old country house sprawling over 23,000 sq m and a reconstruction of the village days of old in Japan, Kayabuki no Sato is a popular...

Gero Hot Spring – Gero Onsen Yamagataya

Private-use hot springs: Yes Rooms with open-air baths: Yes Named one of Japan’s top three onsens back in the Edo era, this region is still renowned for its ancient hot springs, with footbaths, public spas,...

Hakone Yumoto Hot Springs – Mikawaya Ryokan

Private-use hot springs: Yes Rooms with open-air baths: Yes Collectively known as the “Hakone Seventeen Springs”, Hakone has been a favorite holiday onsen resort for nearby Tokyoites in particular since the Meiji era. For a...