a truly unforgettable experience by staying at a traditional Japanese-style
ryokan (inn) with a hot springs when visiting Japan
Airlines will take to Japan in comfort
Japan Airlines offers nine unique tour packages from the US
to Japan, allowing you to choose where you want to go and what you
want to see during your visit to the Land of the Rising Sun. From
the golden and silver pavilions in Kyoto, Japan's old capital city,
to Tokyo, a city that runs on the latest in modern technology, you'll
experience over 2,000 years of history and take home a lifetime of
a giant sponge soaked full of hot water, Japan leaks from thousands
of hot springs. And at some 1,800 of these springs, Onsen resorts
have sprung up over 2,000 years of Japanese love of a good, hot bath.
The nation's hot-spring spas are among its most enjoyable destinations
for visitors, and offer a mind-boggling array of variations on the
seemingly simple act of soaking in hot mineral waters.
Certain once-remote springs were discovered ages past when hunters,
pursuing wounded game, tracked the animal down to the bubbling pool
where it instinctively went to soothe its pain.
Samurai lords even had favorite hot springs where they would go when
wounded in battle to speed the healing process.
Until quite recently, Onsen were considered as the provenance of the
elderly, who retired to them to soak their arthritic bones. In recent
years, however, Onsen have gained a certain cachet among the young,
and now most hot-spring spas are popular year-round.
While most Onsen pipe their hot-spring waters indoor to their O-furo
(bath), some have built pools outdoors, which are known as Roten-buro.
These baths are generally open year-round, and are especially satisfying
to enjoy during a light snow fall.
source from "Your Guide to Japan" JNTO
This is the biggest hot spring in the Hakone area, which is famous
from the old days. This area is located at the entrance of vast Hakone
Park and has many lodgings and hotels along the Hayakawa and Sugumo
There are many visitors throughout the year since it is close to the
Tokyo area. You can find many historic places nearby. Hot Spring facilities
are also available to day travelers.
By train its 1 hour from Shinjuku, Tokyo, by Odakyu limited express
Romance Car Hakone Yumoto station
One of the top three hot springs in Japan. There are various types
of lodgings and hotels, which meet the needs of each traveler. There
is a fireworks festival in summer and a plum festival in winter. You
can also visit an art museum or a park full of natural greenery.
There is a small island called Hatsushima nearby, which might be ideal
for an afternoon visit. By Train : 1 hour, 45 minutes by JR express
"Odoriko" to Atami station from Shinjuku, Tokyo.
There is a dam nearby called Kawaji Dam, which is the third tallest
dam in Japan. This hot spring is located further down from Kinugawa
Hot Spring, which is much quieter. The Hot Spring here was discovered
in the Edo era. There are many hiking courses and walkways through
the forest. There is also a ski area nearby open during the winter
season. By Train & Bus : 3 hours from Asakusa by Tobu line, transit
to Noiwa Railway at Shin- Fujihara Local bus from Kawaji Onsen Station
on Noiwa Railway
Fukuchi is also famous for fossils. It is located between the Hirayu
Onsen and Shin Hirayu Onsen. There is a local legend of a Samurai
from the Heike Family, who lost a war and escaped to this region from
the enemy. There are many other historic stories and places in this
area. People here are open and friendly.
By Train : 70-minute
bus ride from Takayama station on JR Takayama Line
The best Hot Spring in the area. It is also said to be one of the
best hot springs in the country along with the famous Kusatsu and
Arima Onsen, with
more than 1000 years of history. There are many lodgings with hot
along the Hida River. This area has wonderful scenery and offers true
Japanese local flavor. By
train: 2 hours by JR express "Hida" from Nagoya to Gero station .
Shirahama Onsen is located along the seashore of Shirahama Peninsula
and is famous for its large-scale amusement and Hot Spring facilities.
You can enjoy marine sports with a beautiful white sand beach and
blue sea. This place is called the "Kansai region's Atami" and it
has a long history. Fresh seafood is also available from Kumano- nada.
By train 2 hours by JR express from Tennouji, Osaka, 15 minutes by
local bus from JR Shirahama Station on JR Kii Line .
Arima Onsen is located behind the Keihanshin area, which is on the
north side of Rokko mountains. Arima Onsen is one of the three oldest
Hot Springs, together with Shirahama Onsen and Dogo Onsen. There are
various lodging facilities, from old Ryokan to modern hotels. By train
: Arima Onsen station on Kobe Dentetsu.
One of the biggest hot springs in western Japan together with Arima
Onsen and Shirahama Onsen. It is located along the Otani river with
willows and old inns nearby, which creates a rich local flavor. Many
poets have visited this town and left their poems on a stone plate.
train : 3 hours by JR express from Kyoto to Kinosaki station .