Onsen(温泉) or the hot spring, the nature hot water and the most loved by Japanese people and all foreigners who visit the hot springs. Japan boast more than 27,000 onsen, other than comfort and relaxation it gives a beauty benefits and anti aging effects, it's an absolute blessing offred by nature to humains especially for Japanese people.
- Benefits of Onsen
- 1) Noboribetsu Onsen(登別温泉): Hokkaido Prefecture
- 2) Ginzan Onsen(銀山温泉): Yamagata Prefecture
- 3) Kita Onsen(北温泉): Tochigi Prefecture
- 4) Manza Onsen(万座温泉): Gunma Prefecture
- 5) Shima Onsen(四万温泉): Gunma Prefecture
- 6) Shibu Onsen(渋温泉): Nagano Prefecture
- 7) Arima Onsen(有馬温泉): Hyogo Prefecture
- 8) Kinosaki Onsen(城崎温泉): Hyogo Prefecture
- 9) Dogo Onsen(道後温泉): Ehime Prefecture
- 10) Beppu Onsen(別府温泉): Oita Prefecture
Benefits of Onsen
Before introducing the best Onsen in the Japanese archipelago let's talk about the onsen benefits and why it is so loved by people!
・Bathing just once in hot spring will clear your skin, continued bathing will cure all of your aches and pain.
・For energy blockage. It's remmended soaking in speings with a temperature on the hotter side to increase one's Ki(気), so to restore the balance of energy one should soaking in hot springs water.
・Onsen is the water of youth they prevent aging and diseace and offer a restorative power. When you soak in hot spring it restores the clarity of corroded skin, bringing back the youthful apparance. Also, onsen have an antioxidant effect by preventing oxidation.
Onsen are popular all year round, but in winter they are a blessing for the body especially Rotenburo(露天風呂) or open-air baths. So, here are the best Onsens in japan to check during winter.
1) Noboribetsu Onsen(登別温泉): Hokkaido Prefecture
The most famous hot spring resort in japan. There are so many different kinds of spring water at onsen. Noboribetsu Onsen offer 9 varieties of them. And other than that, the beautiful views that Hokkaido offers for that it is really the best place to visit in japan in winter.
Address: Noboribetsuonsencho, Noboribetsu, Hokkaido 059-0551
2) Ginzan Onsen(銀山温泉): Yamagata Prefecture
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Yamagata prefecture, the old town with wooden building and thick blanket of snow. The Ginzan onsen is for to stay at an onsen hotel to have definitely a truly special experience.
Address: Ginzanshinhata, Obanazawa, Yamagata Prefecture 999-4333
3) Kita Onsen(北温泉): Tochigi Prefecture
One of the oldest onsen area in japan, according to legend, he was discovered by TENGU(天狗:Goblin) 1200 years ago. This is why "Tengu no Yu" it’s also known for being one of the most famous places in Kita Onsen.
Address: Yumoto, Nasu-machi, Nasu-gun, Tochigi 325-0301
4) Manza Onsen(万座温泉): Gunma Prefecture
This area is known for their hot springs rich in sulfur, situated high up in the montains, so covered in snow and knowen by it’s popular ski resort.
Address: Hoshimata, Tsumagoi, Agatsuma District, Gunma Prefecture 377-1528
5) Shima Onsen(四万温泉): Gunma Prefecture
Not high up as Manza onsen, and doesn't get as much snow as Manza. Knowed with Sekizenkan(積善館) hotel that has been confirmed to be the location that inspired the Studio Ghibli movie "Spirited away(千と千尋の神隠し)". I think there is no better than that to visit this hotel.
Address: Shima, Nakanojo, Agatsuma District, Gunma Prefecture 377-0601
6) Shibu Onsen(渋温泉): Nagano Prefecture
Very famous of the Jigokudani wild monkey park(地獄谷野猿公苑) where the monkeys are taking freely an onsen baths. Also, it's great place to visit thanks to it's many unique sight and wonderful hot springs.
You can find more informations about Snow Monkey on this article.
Address: Hirao, Yamanouchi, Shimotakai District, Nagano Prefecture 381-0401
7) Arima Onsen(有馬温泉): Hyogo Prefecture
One of japan’s oldest onsen resort, it is a hot spring area with gushing waters. It offers golden spring and two kind of silver springs. It's the best onsen for moisturizing and healing effects, and is a great place to lean back anf relax.
Address: Arimacho, Kita, Kobe, Hyōgo 651-1401
8) Kinosaki Onsen(城崎温泉): Hyogo Prefecture
One of the lading onsen resorts in japan, there are 7 open-air Hot springs, they offer a pass called the yumepa(ゆめぱ), it is unlimited one day to all this hot springs. In Kinosaki Onsen you can but eggs and boil them in the hot spring. What's called Onsen Tamago(温泉たまご).
Address: Kinosakicho Imazu, Toyooka, Hyōgo 669-6103
9) Dogo Onsen(道後温泉): Ehime Prefecture
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One of the most famous hot spring and the oldest onsen resort in japan. Dogo Onsen have 29 different and mixed hot springs feeding it's source. Recommended for people who have sensitive skin or want to experience old opulent bathhouses.
Address: 1 Chome-7 Dōgomachi, Matsuyama-shi, Ehime-ken 790-0843
10) Beppu Onsen(別府温泉): Oita Prefecture
Beppu onsen boats the greatest volume of hot spring water in Japan, famous for its helk tour, a series of eight unusual hot spring spots. Also, they offee sand baths what is mean being buried in the rich soil heated up by jot springs moving underneath the surface. Beppu onsen us unique and ideal place for relaxing holiday.
Address: 16-23, Motomachi, Beppu, Ōita 874-0000
Winter still the best season to explore some of Japan hot springs, so relaxing after a long walk in the snow.
So how about giving the onsen a try ?