Best Onsen in Tokyo

Best Onsen Spas and Bathhouses in Tokyo

Japan’s onsen culture is surely one of the greatest highlights of all travelers. And while some of the most popular onsen towns are a must when planning your itinerary, did you know that you can also enjoy quite a lot of natural hot springs within Tokyo? Japan’s great Metropolis is no exception to the ever present volcanic activity across the entire country!

This is not to say that you can skip iconic onsen spots like Hakone or Kinugawa Onsen of course, just letting you know so you can plan even more opportunities to engage in one of the most relaxing and refreshing activities after an intense sightseeing day! So without further ado, I will introduce you to the best onsen spots in Tokyo!

Bear in mind that unlike regular public baths, onsen places do not allow customers with visible tattoos. For those with small tattoos, cover stickers or skin-colored patches will suffice.If your tattoos are too large to be covered, check our guide on tattoo-friendly onsen!

Be sure to check also Japanese Onsen Etiquette: Dos and Don’ts

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1. Toshimaen Niwanoyu

Toshimaen Niwanoyu

Toshimaen Niwanoyu (豊島園 庭の湯) is an excellent retreat located in a tranquil residential area. This large onsen complex is also unique among its peers in being one of the few in the city allowing for a mixed-gender area with swimsuits (in addition to normal nude gender-segregated areas), ideal for those that do not feel quite comfortable with being naked in front of strangers. 

It has six distinct baths, including a scenic open-air rock bath where you can just relax and forget about everything else. The sodium chloride-rich waters are renowned for soothing aches, complemented by aqua massages and a Finnish sauna. There’s also a beautiful Japanese Garden in the premises, if you feel like taking a break between baths or to end your day with a scenic stroll.

2. Maenohara Onsen Sayano

Maenohara Onsen Sayano
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Maenohara Onsen Sayano (前野原温泉 さやの湯処) is one of the greatest hidden gems in the northern side of Tokyo, in Itabashi ward. Housed in a traditional-style building with a small lovely zen garden, it’s the perfect place to let your worries wash away. It has green-hued, sodium chloride-rich waters sourced directly from 1,500 meters underground, considered to have healing properties. 

The facility, once a private residence, now provides a variety of baths, including a secluded semi-open-air option, and a bedrock bath with four temperature zones. Ideal for those seeking a quiet retreat while feeling like a local in one of the most authentic onsen experiences in the city.

3. Tokyo Toyosu Manyo Club

Tokyo Toyosu Manyo Club
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Tokyo Toyosu Manyo Club (東京豊洲 万葉倶楽部), the latest establishment in the Manyo Club series, is a modern-day oasis in the futuristic districts of Toyosu. The onsen waters, transported daily from Hakone and Yugawara hot springs, promise to make you feel born anew. This onsen is open 24/7, so it has convenient options for overnight stays for an extra fee, but it’s also an excellent choice for day trips or just a late night relaxation session after a busy day. 

The rooftop garden and footbath has stunning views of the surroundings and its convenient location at the Toyosu Senkyaku Banrai Facility make it a very convenient spot for a complete leisure experience. 

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4. Tokyo Dome City Spa LaQua

Tokyo Dome City Spa LaQua
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Tokyo Dome City Spa LaQua (東京ドーム天然温泉 スパ ラクーア) is a luxurious urban retreat that brings together the best of of relaxation and entertainment. It boasts natural hot spring waters flowing from 1,700 meters below, featuring a variety of baths, saunas, and relaxation spaces, including a scenic open-air bath. 

Open nearly 24 hours (it closes from 9 to 11 am for cleaning), it caters to those seeking a peaceful respite any time of day. Despite its central location, LaQua maintains a tranquil atmosphere, save for the occasional screams from Tokyo Dome’s famous roller coaster which is right next to the spa, for a fun chuckle while soaking away your worries. 

5. Asakusa Rox Matsuriyu

Asakusa Rox Matsuriyu

Asakusa Rox Matsuriyu (浅草ROX まつり湯) is a wonderful bath and spa facility located in the heart of Asakusa. Although it’s not a natural hot spring, it boasts a variety of bathing options, including the popular “Hinsui Open-air Bath” with views of the Tokyo Skytree. Their water is enriched with essential minerals like calcium, magnesium, silicon, and iron, believed to contribute to overall health and tension relief. 

Additionally, there’s a rest area to unwind complete with reclining seats and TV. It also has a game corner featuring over 3,500 comics and crane games, ideal for families with kids or if you just don’t feel like lying down after your bath.

6. Thermaeyu

Thermae yu
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Thermae Yu (テルマー湯) is located the heart of Tokyo, in the bustling commercial district of Shinjuku as an urban sanctuary that’s open 24 hours a day. This onsen draws visitors with its convenient location and the variety of baths it offers, sourced from the hot springs of Nakaizu in Kanagawa Prefecture. 

What sets Thermae Yu apart is its innovative “toner bath,” designed to moisturize the skin, mimicking the effects of skincare products. The facility boasts four saunas, split equally between men and women, and electric baths that provide a unique low-frequency electric current experience. After indulging in the thermal waters, guests can unwind in the lounge, equipped with massage chairs and relaxation spaces, or dine in the on-site restaurants. 

7. Hisamatsuyu

Natural Hot Spring Hisamatsuyu
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Hisamatsuyu (天然温泉 久松湯) embodies one of the most modern approaches to public baths, mixing tradition with cutting-edge technology. One of its features is projection mapping by Atelier Omoya, an art collective known for transforming mundane materials into art. These projections create a relaxing yet visually striking atmosphere in the bath areas with artistic nature scenes.

The facility features high-quality sodium water baths sourced from 1,500 meters underground, alongside jacuzzi and unique electric baths designed to massage and soothe the body, for a complete aesthetic and relaxing experience.

8. Tokyo Somei Onsen Sakura

Tokyo Somei Onsen Sakura
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Tokyo Somei Onsen Sakura (東京染井温泉 SAKURA) is a natural hot spring located in a residential area of Toshima Ward. Its sodium chloride-rich waters are said to be ideal for alleviating chronic muscle and joint pain, improving gastrointestinal function, and aiding in the recovery from illness and exhaustion. 

For those seeking relaxation beyond the baths, Tokyo Somei Onsen Sakura features a hot stone sauna, a dining area serving a variety of cuisines, and a lounge for unwinding, so it’s a great option for a relaxing evening after a day of activities or simply to take a day off and forget about the world.

9. Onsen Sachi no Yu

Onsen Sachi no Yu
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Onsen Sachi no Yu (天然温泉 幸の湯) and its characteristic waters with a light tea-brown hue are a mainstay among the most popular onsens in Tokyo thanks to its alkaline chloride cold mineral spring waters are believed to be effective for neuralgia, chronic skin diseases, chilblains, contusions, joint pains, and fatigue recovery. 

In addition, it boasts comprehensive amenities, including a variety of baths such as electric and body massage baths, and a unique daily herb sauna that infuses the air with therapeutic aromas. 

10. Izumi Tenku no Yu

Izumi Tenku no Yu
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Izumi Tenku no Yu (泉天空の湯), located within Haneda Airport Garden, is a unique hot spring experience directly connected to Haneda Airport, making it a perfect relaxation spot before or after a flight. It features an observation hot spring where visitors can enjoy views of airplanes or even Mount Fuji on a clear day while soaking in its therapeutic waters. 

The facility is open 24 hours, although bathing is not available from 10:00 to 13:00 for cleanup (you can relax in the lounge or in the cafe meanwhile if needed).

In addition to the scenic outdoor baths, there’s a range of indoor baths, a dry sauna, and a bedrock bath, complemented by dining options for a complete rejuvenation experience. 

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Photographer, journalist, and avid urban cyclist, making sense of Japan since 2017. I was born in Caracas and lived for 14 years in Barcelona before moving to Tokyo. Currently working towards my goal of visiting every prefecture in Japan, I hope to share with readers the everlasting joy of discovery and the neverending urge to keep exploring.