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Amanemu

The newest addition to the Aman Resorts constellation, Amanemu embraces the ancient Japanese bathing tradition of onsen, using nutrient-rich thermal springs to provide a contemplative and restorative retreat set among serene natural surroundings. Perched on the rolling hills of Ise-Shima National Park in southwestern Japan, Amanemu is a hot-spring sanctuary overlooking the calm waters of…

Type: hot springs  |  Category: Central Honshu  |  Tags: , , , ,

Aura Tachibana

Located just minutes from Hakone Yumoto Station, Aura Tachibana houses large public indoor and outdoor hot spring baths.  They also have private open-air baths on the roof.  The baths, coupled with an incredible view of the hillside scenery, provide the ultimate spot for rest and relaxation. Aura Tachibana is well known for its Japanese-style dinner and breakfast.  They…

Type: hot springs  |  Category: Kanto  |  Tags: , , , , ,

Beniya Mukayu

Beniya Mukayu is a luxury ryokan spa retreat nestled in the countryside of Yamashiro Onsen. Its architecture elegantly emphasizes contrasts between light, shade and neutral colours and every room has its own private open-air hot spring bath, with a wonderful view of the authentic Japanese garden. The traditional tea ceremony performed by the owner, yoga…

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Beppu Onsen

One of the most famous hot spring resort towns in Japan, Beppu has 8 different natural springs feeding the many ryokan and public baths in the town and together they produce more onsen water than any other resort in the country. Views of the town from the surrounding mountains show steam rising thickly into the…

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Dogo Onsen

Dogo Onsen is one of Japan’s oldest and most famous hot springs and is a very popular tourist attraction in Matsuyama. Dogo Onsen has also been a frequent destination for Japan’s Imperial Family and is also thought to be the inspiration for the bath house in the Studio Ghibli movie Sprited Away. The main attraction…

Type: hot springs  |  Category: Shikoku  |  Tags: , , , ,

Dogo Onsen Dogokan

This is a perfect blend of modern building and traditional ryokan. This modern Japanese-style building was designed by the famous architect Kisho Kurokawa. It was designed to complement nature and includes a beautiful and generously-sized spa area. Service is outstanding and visitors from abroad are warmly welcomed. The hotel’s location is ideal for visiting the…

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Gajoen

As well as being one of the most famous ryokan in Japan, Gajoen is located in Myoken Onsen, a hot-springs resort renowned for its beauty worldwide. Gajoen’s charm lies in its simplicity: guests to this exclusive ryokan can expect farm-fresh cooking entirely prepared using locally-sourced ingredients, all picked and prepared on the very day of…

Type: hot springs  |  Category: Kyushu  |  Tags: , , , , , ,

Gora Byakudan

Gora Byakudan is one of Hakone’s newest ryokan-style accommodation choices. It’s a beautiful new Japanese-style hotel with outstanding views in a secluded, peaceful setting. The location is wonderful, and the glass lobby offers some spectacular views. It is here that guests also enjoy their breakfast and evening meal, gazing out at the fog, and rolling…

Type: hot springs  |  Category: Central Honshu  |  Tags: , , , ,

Gora Kadan

This exclusive Hakone ryokan has a great reputation, blending modern comforts with traditional Japanese ryokan aesthetics and service. It is a member of Relais & Chateaux, a French federation of independent luxury properties. Unapologetically expensive, the Gora Kadan is the premier choice in Hakone for a luxurious ryokan stay and whether as a base for…

Type: hot springs  |  Category: Kanto  |  Tags: , , , , ,

Gunma

Gunma is a landlocked prefecture in the Kanto Region, famous for its many popular hot springs and scenic beauty. Among Gunma’s best known hot spring resorts are Kusatsu Onsen and Ikaho Onsen.

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Hakone

Perhaps the most famous of the fifty three stations on the old Tokaido Road from Kyoto to Edo, Hakone is most famous for its peaceful lake, steaming hot springs, and above all, for its views of Mount Fuji. Within easy reach of Tokyo, Hakone is a popular holiday spot, and a number of museums and…

Type: hot springs  |  Category: Central Honshu  |  Tags: , , ,

Hakone Ginyu

Hakone Ginyu is a South East Asian inspired Japanese ryokan, perched on the steep slope of the Haya River Valley. It is a more modern ryokan: whilst offering the traditional tatami flooring and futon bedding, there is still a perceptible sense of modernity and luxury in the property’s sumptuous design. As you walk in, you…

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Hakone Onsen

Hakone has been one of Japan’s most popular hot spring resorts for hundreds of years and today there are over a dozen natural hot springs supplying the many ryokan and hotels in the area. Visitors to Hakone can enjoy hot spring baths in both public bath houses and ryokan, many of which accept daytime visitors…

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Hyatt Regency Hakone

The most luxurious western hotel in Hakone, the Hyatt Regency offers its guests very spacious, tastefully decorated rooms with beautiful views of the surrounding mountains. The Japanese hot-spring baths, excellent in-house restaurants and complimentary drinks served during happy hour create a relaxing resort atmosphere.

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Ikaho

Ikaho Onsen is a hot spring resort nestled in the misty hills of Gunma Prefecture, about an hour by car from the Shinkansen Station at Takasaki and two from Tokyo. The forested hills behind Ikaho Onsen make up Ikaho Shinrin Koen, or Ikaho Forest Park, 224 forested hectares encompassing several small peaks, valleys, and beautifully…

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Iwaso

Situated in a picturesque part of Momijidani Park, the stylish luxury ryokan Iwaso has among their guest list members of the Japanese royal family and has been welcoming visitors to Miyajima since 1854. Each comfortable room boasts creative design, such as flame-shaped windows, openwork screens, latticework and alcove posts. The Wakamiya Hot Spring, named after…

Type: hot springs  |  Category: Western Honshu  |  Tags: , , , , ,

Izu

The Izu Peninsula is a resort area popular for its hot springs, beautiful coastlines, beaches, mild climate and scenic mountainous interior. Only an hour or so southwest of Tokyo, its proximity to the capital makes the area a popular weekend getaway and Mount Fuji is only about 50 kilometers to the north and can be…

Type: hot springs  |  Category: Central Honshu  |  Tags: , , , ,

Jigokudani Monkey Park

While Japanese macaques, or snow monkeys, as they are colloquially known, roam the mountainous regions of the archipelago between Kyushu and northern Honshu, the macaques at Yudanaka, whose range centres on the geothermic Jigokudani valley, are easily observed as they relax in the valley’s onsen – a picturesque sight amidst swirling winter snows. What makes…

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Kaga Onsen

Kaga Onsen is a the name given to an area comprising four small hot spring towns about an hour south of Kanazawa. These hot springs have been popular onsen destinations since their discovery over 1300 years ago and are and remain popular onsen towns to this day. One notable aspect of Kaga Onsen’s hot spring…

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KAI Hakone

KAI Hakone is a modern-style Japanese resort ryokan with tatami-matted rooms, although there are western-style room options too. The rooms are designed to provide a peaceful retreat with modern comforts. The highlights are the traditional kaiseki cuisine featuring local Hakone dishes and the indoor/ outdoor baths with one wall open to the view of the…

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KAI Kawaji

At this quiet getaway nestled along a scenic wooded ravine, relax in lush hot-spring baths and enjoy sweets made with freshly ground flour and grain at the traditional water mill. Enjoy the finest relaxation in KAI Kawaji’s hinoki open-air baths (a cypresswood bath) and rock open-air baths. All the rooms of this stylish ryokan resort…

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KAI Nikko

KAI Nikko is an exclusive Japanese hot springs accomodation in Nikko’s Chuzenji onsen. Guests at this luxurious resort ryokan can gaze out over Lake Chuzenji from their rooms, which feature classic architecture and traditional touches in a contemporary style. Guests can also enjoy seasonal Japanese cuisine, and the resort’s private open-air baths and sauna.

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Kaichoro Ryokan

One of the newest of Japan’s top ryokan, Ikaho Onsen’s Kaichoro is perhaps the most luxurious: flawless rooms meld the best of Japanese and Western architecture, secluded open-air onsen baths are ensuite to all suites, and exquisite French Kaiseki dinners are unparalleled at all but a handful of the world’s best restaurants. The Kaichoro’s recent…

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Kinnotake

One of the most luxurious ryokans in the area, Hakone Kinnotake was inspired by Japan’s famous 10th century folktale “Taketori Monogatari”, in which the beautiful and mysterious Princess Kaguya is discovered in the stalk of a bamboo plant, and eventually returns to the moon. Kinnotake boasts 10 uniquely designed rooms and suites looking out on…

Type: hot springs  |  Category: Central Honshu, Kanto  |  Tags: , , , ,

Kurokawa Onsen

In the northeastern part of rural Kumamoto Prefecture, not too far from Beppu, Kurokawa Onsen is one of the prettiest and most charming hot spring resorts in Japan. Unlike the typical resort full of concrete ryokan and hotels, Kurokawa’s hot spring ryokan are almost entirely housed within charming old wooden buildings and the local community…

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Kusatsu Onsen

Kusatsu Onsen has been established as one of Japan’s most popular hot spring resorts for many centuries. Located in rural Gunma Prefecture, 1200 metres above sea level in the mountains, the town offers skiing in winter and hiking during the summer months, both combined with hot spring bathing. The town’s waters are said to cure…

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Murata

Murata is an assortment of historical houses, collected from all over Japan and refurbished to the highest standard as private luxury cottage accommodation. Rooms feature private onsen baths and each is utterly unique. Murata is featured in the well known book ‘The Japanese spa: a guide to Japan’s finest ryokan and onsen’. Built in 1992…

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Oborozukiyo Ryokan

Oborozukiyo ryokan is nestled in a quiet area not far from Dogo Onsen station. Its design combines both comfort, elegance and tradition. All its rooms have private outdoor baths in the traditional Japanese style. You can also enjoy beauty treatment s in the Aesthetic room, or simply relax in your own lounge area. The menu…

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Oita

A prefecture in eastern Kyushu, Oita is home to Beppu and Yufuin, two of Japan’s most famous hot spring resorts. Usuki is a former castle town located on the east coast of Oita. It is famous for its numerous stone Buddhas which are sculpted into the walls of cliffs and designated as national treasures.

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Saigakukan Ryokan

Saigakukan is a traditional Ryokan nestling on the hillside on one side of Yufuin village, with superb views across the plateau to Mt Yukudake. With only 24 rooms, this ryokan has an intimate atmosphere enhanced by its authentic architecture and rural setting. Though the rooms are traditional in style, Saigakukan can offer western beds for…

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Seikansou Ryokan

Located just a short ride from the Hakone Yumoto station, this cozy small ryokan has only nine rooms, each named after a colour, which is then used for part of the interior of each room. The décor is traditional Japanese and pleasant, making your stay as relaxing as possible. The rooms have futon beds –…

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Shiretoko Grand Hotel Kita Kobushi

Located in Shiretoko Utoro Onsen, the Grand Hotel Kita Kobushi overlooks Utoro harbour. The hotel has 265 guest rooms, some of which offer private open air natural hot spring baths overlooking the harbour. Indulge yourself with a relaxing bath and beautiful scenery. The hotel houses two restaurants featuring Japanese cuisine, plus one dining hall with…

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The Prince, Hakone

Surrounded by the rich natural beauty of Hakone, the Hakone Prince Hotel provides stunning views of both Mount Fuji and Lake Ashi. In addition to indoor and outdoor hot springs baths, the hotel boasts a summer season swimming pool and a winter season skating rink, as well as tennis courts and numerous other facilities. The…

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Tokinoyu Setsugetsuka

Setsugetsuka is conveniently located in front of Gora Station and all rooms have private open-air baths with fantastic views of Mount Hakone. The Ryokan has a variety of hot spring baths, both indoor, outdoor and on your room’s balcony! Very popular with domestic tourists, it’s a wonderful place to take a break in the Japanese…

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Yama No Chaya

Yama-no-chaya is a refined, luxurious ryokan which enjoys beautiful natural surroundings. The traditional wooden buildings are hidden in a leafy grove right by the Tonosawa hot spring. The ryokan has 5 large communal hot spring baths, each in exquisite settings, indoors and outdoors. Many rooms enjoy a view of the surrounding mountains and forest. The…

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Yudanaka

Of the nine hot springs that make up the Yamanouchi district, Yudanaka and Shibu Onsen are the best known. Bathing in the nine traditional wooden baths in Shibu Onsen is said to ward away evil and bring good health and longevity. The area owes its geothermic activity (and much of its tourism) to the nearby…

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Yufuin

The small hot spring resort of Yufuin is not far from Beppu, a much larger resort town. Yufuin has many galleries, boutiques and charming cafes and is popular both as a day trip destination and as a place to stay. The town’s skyline is dominated by views of twin-peaked Mt Yufu and the area is…

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Yufuin Forest Inn Born

Situated in the forest of Tsukahara highland, Yufuin, Forest Inn Born is an intimate inn comprising only 3 rooms. The rooms are a stylish blend of Japanese and Western design, and there are onsen baths are available for your relaxation. The food served is fresh and seasonal, and great attention is paid to the aesthetics…

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Yufuin Kamenoi Bessou

Located in the heart of Yufuin hot spring district, the idyllic Kamenoi Bessou offers some unique services not available from the other ryokan in the area. Guests can choose from either the cottage style ‘hanare’ scattered around the grounds, or the western rooms in the main building. In the forest-like garden (perfect for a stroll…

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Yufuin Tamanoyu

As one of the founding ryokans of Yufuin, Tama no Yu offers a great sense of history along with the view of Yufudake mountain from the garden. This well-maintained garden has a bar, tea house and souvenir shop with the homemade and local jams and other delicacy available. The detached cottage-type rooms are also scattered…

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