Japan is a land known for its unlimited beauty and more recently as the native land of sushi. However, there is more to Japan than just Tokyo and its sushi bars. Natural hot springs called as ‘Onsen’ in Japanese, are abundant in this heartland of Southeast Asia, owing to the active volcanoes that dot this tiny country.
As a result, thousands of ‘Onsens’ are known to be spread across the islands of Japan. Today, these Onsens have become tourist hotspots for all those who like a natural spa and sauna treatment. Here are 4 Onsens of Japan that are among the most famous and must visit for hot spring lovers.
The Yamanaka Onsen
This onsen is said to have been discovered by a Buddhist monk more than 1300 years ago. Kayotei is a luxury spa built around this hot spring that harnesses its mystic powers to give the most natural form of onsen baths to the visitors. This traditional inn also provides an organic meal in the most authentic Kaiseki style. The bamboo shoots used in these meals are obtained only from local sources and the noodles are made from grated daikon available only at this location. Visit kayotei.jp for more details on tariffs and facilities.
The Sakinoyu Onsen
This one is situated on the Shirahama coastline and is known for its unique and rare rock formations. The public onsen is open to all and has open-air baths that are crafted from the boulders on the sea. This was an erstwhile imperial family retreat, now turned into a public bath at a nominal fee.
The Yumotokan Onsen
Located at the foothills of Amagi, Yumotokan onsen is a part of the Yugashima range that is a scenic wonderland and home to many rustic baths. The onsen is tucked away in a gorge on the banks of the river Kano. After enjoying the hotwater spring, you can take a nature walk to view the 25-meter high waterfall nestled in the nearby forest. For more details on the facilities and tariffs visit their website yumotokan izu.jp
The Okyakuya Onsen
Located among the dense cluster of ryokan in a single village called Kurokawa, the Okyakuya onsen stands apart for its best ambience and service. The bath is located in caves and forms a part of the Kumamoto Prefecture. Visit their website okyakuya.jp for further details.