Top 5 Onsen Towns near Tokyo
Best Onsen Spots You can easily access from Tokyo
If you are planning to visit Japan in winter time, you should definitely visit Onsen (hot spring) at least once. There are numbers of attractive Onsen towns in Japan and some of great ones are located near Tokyo, very accessible even for a day-trip. Here is a “Top 5 Onsen List” where you should visit if you are around Tokyo!
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Atami (熱海) is an onsen town located in Izu Peninsula in Shizuoka prefecture. Atami is one of the top tourist destinations in Japan for a beach resort in summer time and an Onsen resort in winter time. And it’s pretty accessible from Tokyo by bulle train or local train. As well as relaxing in Onsen, don’t forget to try their local seafood to complete your happy day!
More info: Atami 10 Best Things to Do
Kinugawa Onsen (鬼怒川温泉) is located along the Kinugawa river in Tochigi prefecture. Kinugawa has many large ryokan complexes and tourist attractions around such as hiking trails, parks, river, theme parks in addition to the hot spring. Also close to the UNESCO World Heritage site, Nikko Toshogu. The resort is surrounded by stunning nature which displays different colours in each season.
When it comes to Onsen, Gunma prefecture is one of Japan’s top destinations, having over 400 hot spring sources. Ikaho (伊香保) is an onsen town with a symbolic stoned stairs “Ishidan” . A 365 steps stairs are lined up with local souvenir stores, restaurants and traditional accommodations where you can enjoy nostalgic Onsen atmosphere. It’s one of the most popular autumn leaves viewing spots in the country.
Hakone (箱根) is a town in north-west Kanagawa prefecture. It’s a very popular getaway from cities and the most accessible Onsen town from Tokyo. Along with Onsen, Hakone has a lot of thing to offer tourists such as museums, mountains, the lake, shops, restaurants and the great view of the Mt. Fuji!
More info: Hakone Best Things to Do
Kusatsu (草津) has been chosen for the best Onsen town in Japan so many times. You should definitely visit “Yubatake” (hot water field) which is a symbol of the town and also the main source of hot spring water in the area. The steamy Yubatake is surrounded with historical looking hotels and shops which create very nostalgic atmosphere especially at night.
More info: Kusatsu Onsen Guide
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