Japanese Onsen Spa Guide

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Japanese spa is called onsen. Since Japan is well-known for its many
volcanoes, there are a lot of onsen all over the country. It is very
relaxing to soak in Japanese onsen spas. Japanese people like to spend
holidays in onsen. Open-air spas (roten buro) are very popular and
are wonderful.

There are different kinds of onsen, depending on the amount and
kinds of minerals in the water. (See Kinds of Onsen) Some spas can
be smelly and very hot.

It's good to know how to use Japanese-style bath before you go to
Japanese spas. Japanese spa are usually separated for women and
men. You are supposed to take all your clothes off. People do not wear
bathing suit in Japanese spas.

Top Onsen in Japan
Great Onsen in Japan

Hot Springs in Japan by Region
(Links by Jolsen's, Japanese Guest Houses, and Onsen Mechelin).

1. Hokkaido
Aidomari onsen, Bifuka onsen, Noboribetsu, Rausu onsen

2. Tohoku Region

  • Akita: Kawarage Ohyudaki onsen
  • Aomori: Kokanesaki Furofushi onsen
  • Fukushima: Yonokami onsen

    3. Kanto Region

  • Ibaraki: Gozenyama onsen
  • Gumma: Ikaho onsen, Kusatsu onsen
  • Kanagawa: Hakone Yumoto onsen
  • Saitama: Chichibu onsen
  • Tochigi: Shiobara onsen

    4. Chubu Region

  • Gifu: Hirayu onsen, Gero onsen
  • Nagano: Shirahone onsen, Nozawa onsen
  • Shizuoka: Shuzenji onsen

    5. Kinki Region

  • Kyoto: Kurama onsen
  • Hyogo: Arima onsen
  • Wakayama: Kawayu onsen

    6. Shikoku Region
    Dogo onsen

    7. Kyushu Region

  • Kagoshima: Ibusuki onsen
  • Oita: Yufuin onsen

  • http://gojapan.about.com/cs/traditionculture/a/hotsprings.htm

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