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A Guide to Onsen Water Types

All water isn’t the same. Every natural spring passes through layers upon layers of rock that can give the water a unique chemical makeup said to have a variety of health effects depending on the mineral content of the water.

5 Great Lesser-known Onsen Towns

If you’re looking to get off the beaten path, then give these towns a try!

Buffalo Car to Yubu Island

Take an unbelievable journey to Yubu Island, Okinawa by 'Buffalo Car.'

Snowbound Onsen In Nikko

While much of the Kanto area is flat and snow-free, the mountains north of Tokyo in nearby Tochigi have some great winter weather.

5 Great Couples’ Onsen Getaways

Private baths let you have some alone time in the tub.

Wonders of Japan: Hospitality

Experience the welcoming culture of hospitality that is the pride of Japan.

The Real Spirited Away Onsen

Remember the red bridge and layered, rising walls of Yubaba’s hot spring hotel in Spirited Away?

10 Beautiful Onsen in Kyoto

Did you know that Kyoto’s actually a hot springs hotspot? We’ve put together a list of onsen you can drop into just for the day during your travels!

Unwinding in Nagato-shi

Discover a gorgeous traditional inn located in this peaceful Yamaguchi city, then visit the largest limestone cave in the Orient.

4 Soothing Onsen Day Trips from Tokyo

While these Kanagawa onsen and their surrounds are certainly worth an overnight stay, each can work equally as well as a day trip.

A Day at Jigokudani Monkey Park

Look out for some incredible shots of swimming monkeys and delicious-looking food—plus a time-lapse view of what it looks like when the staff set up your futon at a lovely 'ryokan' in Nagano!

The American Who Inherited an Onsen

Tyler Lynch met his future wife on a trip to a hot spring inn. They were living in Seattle when fate intervened.

Different Elevations: From Sea to Mountain

Taste the finest foods produced by the different elevations of sea and mountain in Japan.

12 Incredible Onsen Getaways from Osaka

Choose from large spas, private family baths, mixed-gender onsen and more!

Japan’s Oldest Hot Spring

Do you want to immerse yourself in a relaxing environment surrounded by rich Japanese history and architecture?

Your Guide to the Michelin Guide

The Michelin Guide is the premier publication for fine dining and travel. It's also the perfect way to familiarize yourself with Japan's most exciting restaurants, hotels and tourist hotspots. Find out how to digest all the delicious information on hand!

400-Year-Old Bathhouse Gets a Facelift

Faced with a dwindling clientele, Gunma's Maruhon Inn asked KuboTsushima Architects to redesign its bathhouse. The result is welcoming space that invites guests to relax and rejuvenate.

6 Awesome Things to See & Do in Chichibu

Chichibu is located in western Saitama, just 90 minutes from central Tokyo. A popular tourist destination full of temples and shrines, it's known as a spot for delicious food and sightseeing.

The 5 Best Sites for Onsen Orientation

There’s a bathload of sites out there on onsen, but we found our information pools best filled by the following sources.

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