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, THE SPA Nishiarai, Myouhou: Japanese public bath 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.THE SPA Nishiarai
● The “löyly （Finland style sauna experience）” event is especially popular
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.
● Our bathing areas
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.
3.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.
[Regarding the bath]
- 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
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.
5.THE SPA Seijo
About the Hot Spring
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.
We offer three different relaxation rooms!
●Kaiun (Theme of deep sea)
A medium- to low-heat relaxation room where hot yoga lessons are held. Effects include improved resistance to cold.
●Chinen (Theme of 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 of forest))
A relaxation room equipped with reclining chairs and Ryukyu-tatami mats. Please take it easy here after your bath.
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.
7.Ieyasu no Yu
The foot bath, which was opened to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the visit by the shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu to the Atami hot springs, has recently been renovated. Guests are invited to start their tour of the town of Atami from Ieyasu’s favorite hot spring by submerging their feet in the pure natural spring water.
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.
9.Fuku no yu
Here at Fukunoyu, you can stretch out in a large bath and enjoy the high-quality well water of Musashino. The bathhouse was renovated in December 2011 and reopened with the catch-phrase, ”bathhouse with a blessing mood.” The building has a retro-modern atmosphere and features man-made radon baths (daikokuten-no-yu) and herbal baths (benzaiten-no-yu). Both are on a weekly alternating schedule between men and women. Bathrooms are designed with the image of Shichifukujin, a character of the surrounding Yanesen district. The building is also equipped with Jacuzzis, body massages and earthen tubs. Shampoos and conditioners are provided, so you can come empty-handed. A five-minute walk from Hon-komagome Station on the Tokyo Metro Namboku Line.
10.Minami Aoyama Shimizu-Yu
The sento is a familiar institution in popular Japanese culture. Minami-Aoyama Shimizu-yu, in the stylish town of Minami-aoyama, is a modern, reborn sento and place of relaxation for city dwellers. Here, the attention to quality is evident, with each bath prepared using special soft water. At the concentrated carbonate-spring and silk baths, bubbles of carbon dioxide provide a spa-like sensation. There is also a sauna, and a rain shower in which hot water streams down evenly from large, German-made shower heads. No towel or soap or shampoo? No problem — all are provided. They even sell underwear and have a laundromat. After bathing, you can enjoy drinks such as Belgian beer at the hygienic resting area. A two-minute walk from the A4 Exit of Omotesando Station on the Tokyo Metro.
*Prices and options mentioned are subject to change.
*Unless stated otherwise, all prices include tax.
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