Here are the best Hot Springs (Onsen) & Bath Houses (Sento) in Tokyo and Surroundings, with travel tips and more, according to LIVE JAPAN, a top-class travel website for visitors to Japan. Our ranking is based on the most popular pages viewed by foreign visitors in a given category.
For instance, Oedo-Onsen Monogatari, Myouhou: Japanese public bath, THE SPA Nishiarai and other related spots will be listed. Be sure to check them out during your visit to Tokyo and Surroundings!
The Oedo-Onsen Monogatari Group operates nationwide onsen (hot spring) hotels and onsen theme parks with the motto, “Enjoy casually and repeatedly onsen and travel”. Especially its onsen theme park, Oedo-Onsen Monogatari in the Tokyo Bay Area, Odaiba is popular. Natural hot spring water supplied from the source 1,400 meters under the ground is very gentle to your skin.
The theme park is equipped with indoor baths, open-air baths and a footbath as well as a mist sauna exclusive for female guests. A wide selection of yukata (casual cotton kimono) robes to wear in the premises, 5 patterns for female, 4 for male and a few for kids are well appreciated by visitors. In the relaxation room, you can experience esthetic treatment, skin exfoliation and rock-salt sauna with an additional fee.
There are also spacious hall to relax after bath, reclining chairs with a TV monitor, restaurants, Japanese festival stalls, fortune tellers and arcade games. Needless to say, the theme park provides accommodations. A 2-minute walk from Telecom Center Station on the Yurikamome Line. A free shuttle bus service is operated from Tokyo Teleport Station on the Rinkai Line.
2-6-3, Aomi, Koutou-ku, Tokyo, 135-0064
Telecom Center Station （Yurikamome）
2 minutes on foot
- Phone Number 03-5500-1126
- Address 2-6-3, Aomi, Koutou-ku, Tokyo, 135-0064
2.Myouhou: Japanese public bath
Myohoyu is a public bath with a bright atmosphere, and their glass-sided building allow the view of the lobby from the street. It has a big dressing room, and in the resting space, a wide selection of the beverages are available for purchase.
Here are some of the top things to know about Myohoyu:
- Hot-water is heated using firewood so it has an established reputation of the water being soft and not stingy
- Shampoos and such are available in the bath room, so it is ok to bring only the towel with you
- The crib is placed in the ladies’ side of the bath room
- Provides lavender bath every Sundays
- Clean washing place
- Sauna available
4-32-4, Nishiikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo, 171-0021
Ikebukuro Station （JR Shonan Shinjuku Line / JR Yamanote Line / JR Saikyo Line / Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line / Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line / Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line / Seibu Ikebukuro Line / Tobu Tojo Line）
15 minutes on foot
- Phone Number 03-3957-8433
- Address 4-32-4, Nishiikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo, 171-0021
3.THE SPA Nishiarai
Popular Event: "löyly (Finland style sauna experience)"
Come experience one of the top three high-salinity natural hot springs in all of Tokyo’s 23 wards. In particular, recommend the “löyly” event.
Aromatic water is poured on heated rocks to produce steam, while our staff uses towels to send a wave of heat to guests.
In the men’s bath, staff members who send the wave of heat are dressed in suits (during the event).
It’s more entertaining than you’d ever imagine for a sauna experience.
This event switches between men’s and women’s spa areas on the 5th, 10th, 15th, 20th, 25th, and 30th of every month.
Ancient seaweed and other plants have blended into the mineral strata in our abundance of natural hot spring baths, offering both indoor and outdoor bathing.
Our jet bath, silky bath, and sauna are available with yellow earth, mist, and salt options.
The mist sauna is especially good for those who aren’t fond of the high temperature in a typical sauna.
* The natural hot springs are heated, watered, filtered, and circulated.
So many ways to relax
Some of our options include “seitai” massage, Thai massage, “akasuri” body scrub, and Bali-style beauty treatment.
4.THE SPA Seijo
Our natural hot spring is a hydrogen carbonate spring originating 1200 meters below ground. Kuroyu (hot black water) is a feature of natural hot springs in Tokyo, and as a product of ancient sea grasses and plants that merged into the rock layer, it is rich in minerals. Kuroyu has a velvety alkaline quality that is soft on the skin and is known for its heat retaining and moisturizing properties.
*The source water of our natural hot spring is additionally heated, and some filtration and circulation equipment is used.
●Kaiun (Theme: Deep sea)
A medium- to low-heat relaxation room where hot yoga lessons are held. Effects include improved resistance to cold.
●Chinen (Theme: Geotherm)
A medium- to low-heat relaxation room with natural rock salt on the walls. Effects of the mineral-rich natural rock salt include recovery from physical exhaustion.
●Shinka (Theme: Forest)
A relaxation room equipped with reclining chairs and Ryukyu-tatami mats. Please take it easy here after your bath.
This bathhouse, opened in 1928, is a local favourite and has been used as a filming location for television dramas. The soft water here is helpful for people with sensitive or atopic skin. Soft water, sometimes called ”beauty water,” is ionically balanced water with properties similar to those found in sodium hot springs. The bathhouse offers a Nano-yu (nano-bubbles) on weekdays and Saturdays along with a special herbal bath on Sundays. There is also a sauna and laundromat on the premises, and with bath sets (towel, soap and shampoo) available for purchase, you can drop by empty-handed. A five-minute walk from the Higashi-guchi Exit of Ikejiri Ohashi station on the Tokyu Denentoshi Line.
This traditional Asakusa sento (public bathhouse) was founded in the Edo Period. Its natural hot-spring baths use an odourless, blackish-brown water called kuroyu. Kuroyu is a cold (under 25°C) mineral spring that occurs naturally with underground water and contains dissolved organic substances such as grass and leaves. Bathing in this hot water warms your body to the bone, and the warmth stays with you. A large mural of Mt. Fuji adorns the wall of this typical Japanese-style bath. Both male and female baths are equipped with hot-spring, milky-water, jet, pulse, open-air and cold-water baths as well as an electric sauna. As part of a refurbishing in 2009, hand-rails were installed in the baths to make them accessible to a wider age group. Necessities such as towels and toothbrushes are available for purchase. End your day of sightseeing in Asakusa with a traditional, piping hot bath. A three-minute walk from the No. 3 Exit of Tawaramachi Subway Station, or a five-minute walk from the A1 Exit of Asakusa Station of Toei Asakusa Line.
7.Takaosan Hot Spring Gokuraku-yu
A one-day onsen (hot spring) facility, Keio Takaosan Onsen, Gokurakuyu, which is next to Takaosanguchi station. The natural hot spring water wells up from about 1,000 meters underground, and is quite clear and soft to the touch. The open-air bath made of rocks is divided into two pools that you can choose between: the lukewarm water at 40 degrees Celsius, and the hot water set at 43 degrees Celsius. In this facility, various types of bath are available, where you can enjoy the ever changing scenery of Mt. Takao to your heart's content.
This is the only building registered as a tangible cultural asset in Tokyo so it is very atmospheric. You can find hospitality in clean white noren (store curtain) and beautiful ikebana (Japanese flower art). Most of the public baths are opened from the late afternoon but Tsubame-yu is open from 6:00 a.m. in the morning to provide a refreshing morning public bath service called asa-yu.
Konparu-yu is a sento (public bathhouse) in the Ginza district that was established in the late-Edo period. The name is derived from the fact that during Edo times, the residences of Konparu-style Noh performers were located around Ginza 8-Chome. The sento was originally a wooden building and moved to its current location in 1957. Even at the time of renovation, it was very rare to have sento in modern buildings. The pictures of Japanese koi (carp), seasonal flowers and birds on the tiles were created by Shozan; the tiles are made of kutaniyaki (porcelain) from Rineido. The oil mural (penki-e) is the work of Morio Nakajima, one of two masters in Japan. Body soaps and shampoos are provided in the bathing area (except for the second and forth Fridays of each month, during ”Fureai Sento 100 Yen Day”). Each season, irises, yuzu (a kind of citrus fruit) and lavender petals are placed in the bath. A five-minute walk from JR Shimbashi Station or Ginza Station on the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line.
8-7-5, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, 104-0061
Shimbashi Station （JR Tokaido Main Line / JR Yokosuka Line / JR Keihin-Tohoku Line / JR Yamanote Line / JR Ueno Tokyo Line / Tokyo Metro Ginza Line / Toei Asakusa Line / Yurikamome）
5 minutes on foot
- Phone Number 03-3571-5469
- Address 8-7-5, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, 104-0061
Nikkotei Oyu is a time-honored inn, which is popular among one-day tourists to enjoy hot spring bathing. There is an open-air bath surrounded by bamboo trees, which is large enough to accommodate some 20 people. There is also a room for up to five people, which is recommended for a family.
*Prices and options mentioned are subject to change.
*Unless stated otherwise, all prices include tax.
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