One of most interesting and popular attractions in Japan is hot spring baths (Onsen). Onsen is an unique culture of Japan and also brings a lot of healthy benefits to our bodies such as healing muscles, relaxation and more.
Many foreign tourists who visit Japan plan to visit one of Onsen spots in at least once. However, there is a huge problem about Onsen culture when you have TATTOOs. The image of tattoos in Japan is still dark and unwelcome, and in this modern days, still many Onsen spots have a “NO TATTOOS” policy.
Nowadays, since tattoos are becoming more common in Japan especially among young generation, as well as the number of foreign visitors increasing, more and more Onsen spots start changing their policy to Tattoo-Friendly. So if you have one, don’t worry, you can still enjoy great Japanese Onsen bath just like others 😉
Here are our picks of 7 tattoo friendly Onsen spots near Tokyo. These spots are perfect for a short trip since they can be accessed within 2–3 hours from Tokyo. Let’s check them out!
1. Yamato no Yu
Yamato no Yu (大和の湯) is an day-spa Onsen located in the rural area of Narita City, Chiba Prefecture, approx 15 km away from Narita International Airport. The large Onsen complex offers various relaxation facilities such as indoor and outdoor baths , small private baths, sauna rooms, guest rooms, restaurants, lounge, fitness and more.
Kagoiwa Onsen Ryokan (かご岩温泉旅館) is a traditional Japanese style inn (Ryokan) located within the site of Nikko National Park in Tochigi Prefecture. The Ryokan offers an open-air natural hot spring bath with the scenic view. It’s also available for day use. (500 yen, 11:00〜19:00)
Hoshi Onsen Chojukan (法師温泉 ) is a 140 year-old national registered tangible cultural property, offering historic and authentic Onsen baths in Minakami area, Gunma Prefecture. There are three different baths including a mixed bath “Hoshi no Yu” where male and female visitors bathe together. The accommodation facility and the restaurants is also available.
Tenzan (天山) is a day-use Onsen spa located in Hakone, Kanagawa Prefecture. The traditional Onsen bathhouse is surrounded by beautiful nature and offers amazing scenic outdoor baths. The large Onsen facility offers a relaxation space, a restaurant as well as an accommodation.
The Ryokan Tokyo Yugawara is an unique yet traditional Ryokan inn with Onsen bath located in Yugawara City, Kanagawa Prefecture. It’s easy to access from Tokyo, and within a short distance from Hakone. Their Onsen bath is also available for day use.
Akazawa Higaeri Onsen Kan (赤沢日帰り温泉館) is a resort hotel/day spa located a popular getaway resort town, Atami on Izu Peninsula, Shizuoka. The specious open-air bath can be enjoyed with the panoramic view of ocean. The facility houses small private baths, guest rooms, restaurants, shop, fitness, swimming pool, etc, exclusively available for guests.
Did you enjoy the list?? If you have tattoos and wish to experience traditional Onsen bath in Japan, these spots should definitely be added on your bucket list! It’s also recommended to make a reservation or a call in advance just to make sure that their “Tattoo-Friendly” policy haven’t changed!
For more great spots to explore near Tokyo, please check out my other article listed below!