Have you got your first-ever trip to Japan coming up? If so, you are in for a real treat. The dazzling cities promise to amaze, the mountains to rejuvenate and the historical sites to intrigue and inspire, which together make for the perfect rounded holiday. During your stay, we highly recommend that you take the time to learn a little about Japanese culture – and our personal favourite way to do this is to head to one of the wonderful onsens that Japan has to offer. For those who don’t know, Onsens are natural hot springs, heated by the plethora of volcanoes that are scattered across the country. This bathing tradition can be traced back to 7000 AD, making it an ancient cultural experience which promises relaxation and rejuvenation. Today, you will find over 3000 spots to enjoy this experience, so you will certainly not be short of choices. Read on to discover the top 4 popular Onsen Towns in Japan.
If you’re in Hokkaido, then you will only need to check-in to one of the Hotels near Odori Park Sapporo to have access to a fantastic onsen. However, if you want a short trip away from Tokyo, then Karuizawa is the spot for you. A stunning resort town nestled away in the Nagano Prefecture, the beautiful onsens of Nagano boast a spectacular array of views, from mountain ranges to tranquil forests.
By staying in one of the hotels near Odori Park Sapporo, you will be in the heart of the action in the capital of Japan’s Northern Island, Hokkaido. However, if you are seeking an experience that will allow you to be at one with nature, then we recommend that you look no further than the stunning Hakone. Here, you can bathe in springs that are heated by the iconic and frankly, immense Mt Fuji. From here, you can also reach the stunning Izu Islands, which make for a great day trip!
For a day trip to one of the best quality onsens in the country, then a trip to the Kusatsu Onsen Town in Gunma should definitely be on the itinerary. This areas waters are sourced from the springs that have the highest vitamin and mineral content – which means that the benefits on your body will be greater and more noticeable. Bathing experience in an onsen promises to soothe aching muscles, smooth out dried skin, lower blood pressure and even aid deep sleep. Fortunately, many of the hotels near Odori Park Sapporo have onsens available for guests to use, so that you can reap these wonderful benefits after long days of sight-seeing and explorations.
If you want to experience the most historic of the Onsens in Japan, then a trip to Beppu should be on the cards. This Onsen in Oita is one of the most famous in Japan for its beautiful location, and also its rich heritage. So, before you bathe, be sure to familiarise yourself with the history so that you can truly appreciate the experience you are treating yourself to.