[Tokyo] 13 recommended onsen close enough for a day trip
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Do you know there are some onsen which are easily accessible when you don’t have enough time to make a onsen trip? The onsen accommodation you can enjoy without staying over is called “a day-trip or a day-visit onsen. Here we guide you to some daytrip onsen accommodations in Tokyo.
(Note) Please be aware that people with tattoo, regardless of its size, are not generally allowed to bath at daytrip onsen. Please refer to “Japanese Bathing Culture, how to take Hot Spring Bath Correctly,” in our previous guide.
Inagi Natural Hot Springs “Tokinoirodori”
The hot spring from a source 1,700m deep in earth freely flows continuously. There are deferent types such as black hot water, rock bath, hinoki(cypress) bath, lie down bath, carbonated spring bath and day’s special bath. On Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, seasonal fresh fruits and flowers float on the hot spring and it’s called ‘irodoriyu’ (decorated bath) which let the bathers enjoy not only the scent but the view. There are four bedrock bath which feature seasonal theme and you can enjoy them man and woman together. This place is recommended for people who want to enjoy a daytrip onsen leisurely. The external appearance is the image of Japanese Inn and will give you unusual feeling though in Tokyo.
Address: 6-13 kouyoudai, Inagi City, Tokyo
Open Hours: 9:00 to 25:00 (Reception closes at 24:00) Sat. Sun, and Holidays open at 7:00.
Closed on: Third Tuesday of March, June, September and December
Natural Hot Springs, Hisamatsuyu
This is the result of 1,500m drilling to find a hot spring source in 2014. The hot spring from this source contains 19 times more chlorine than standard level which is said to have a good effect for neuralgia, muscle pain, sensitivity to cold and fatigue. This place has a stylish outlook unlike an onsen facility. The projection map is installed on the side walls of bath and you can enjoy the optical presentation while taking a bath. The price is set at a reasonable 460 yen for adults. This place is recommended for people who wants to somewhat different hot springs.
Address: 4-32-15 Sakuradai, Nerima-ku, Tokyo
Open hours: 11:00 to 23:00
Closed on: Every Tuesday
Tokyo Somei Onsen, Sakura
This is located at the Someiyoshino Cherry was originated. The hot spring water from 1,800m deep is colorless and transparent which is unusual in Tokyo. The hot water from the stratum of about 10 million years old is rich with natural mineral and amber color shows up when it is poured into the bathtub. It has the reputation that the skin become very smooth because of heat and humidity retention. The garden and interior have the atmosphere of a high-class inn. You can enjoy cherry blossoms in spring.
Maenohara Onsen, Saya-no-yudokoro
Free flowing translucent olive-green hot springs which is rare in Tokyo. This has a good heat retention and will keep you warm long after taking bath. They offer wide variety of bath types such as source bath, open-air bath, lie-down bath, dry sauna, steam sauna, bedrock bath and private use of half open-air bath. At the open-air bath surrounded by greenery, you’ll be looking up the blue sky in daytime and stars in nighttime. This place is recommended for people who wants to spend time leisurely savoring the seasonal atmosphere of the garden.
Keio Takaosan Onsen, Gokurakuyu
A day trip onsen you can drop in after the mountain climbing. It is adjacent to Takaosanguchi Station. The hot water supplied from 1,000m deep source gives you relaxing and unwinding time to enjoy the nature of Takao. There are seven types of baths as well as a restaurant offering Takao special dishes and a shop with Takao souvenir. They accept PASMO and Suica and also there are staffs to assist in five languages which helps foreigners. This is the place you need to drop in when you go to Mt. Takao.
Akigawa Keikoku, Seoto-no-yu
A hot spring facility in the Akigawa Valley which is popular area for hiking and BBQ. The hot water from 1,500m deep is rich with alkali and is said to be ‘skin beauty hot water’ which keeps your skin moisturized. Since this place is in the midst of nature, you can savor the fresh green in spring, deep green in summer, autumn color in fall and snowscape in winter. They are equipped with foot bath and also you can purchase fresh vegetable local picked in the morning and local goods. This is a good facility if you want to have a short trip-like experience.
Musashikoyama Onsen, Shimizuyu
This is the only place in Tokyo you can enjoy two natural onsens flowing freely. The Gold Bath from 1,500 m deep is rich with iodine which is the main component of gargle liquid and is said to be effective for a cut or scraped injury. The Black Bath comes from 200m deep from the stratum of 1~2 million years old and is rich with mineral and other ingredients. Both the Gold and Black hot water is called ‘onsen of beauty.’ People who want to enjoy two different types of onsen should visit here.
Address: 3-9-1 Koyama, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo
Open Hours: 12:00 to 24:00, Sundays from 8:00
Closed: Non-holiday Mondays
Tokyo Ogikubo, Musashino Onsen, Nagominoyu
Here, they offer six baths including natural hot springs and two saunas and four bedrock baths. The open-air bath is said to have good heat retention and keep you warm long after taking bath. They offer two types of Loyly (Finish style sauna bath). The first one is ‘Healing Loyly’ with projection of seasonal lights and aroma. The other one is ‘Hot wind Loyly,’ with a performance using towels. This place is recommended for people who want to have detox effect by sweating profusely.
Address: 1-10-10 Kamiogi, Suginami-ku, Tokyo
Open Hours: 10:00 (Sat. Sun. and Holidays from 9:30a.m. and Mon. from 10:30a.m.) to 9:00 the next day (Reception closes at 8:30)
This is a day-trip hot springs located adjacent to Toshimaen, an amusement park. The minerals from ocean and earth are condensed in the hot water drawn up 1,445m below and has a good heat retention effect. The open-air bath gives a view of Japanese garden which offers seasonal plants such as cherry blossom in spring and autumn foliage in fall. There is a Bade Pool which you use with swimwear on and is uni-sex. You can enjoy as a couple or a group. As no one under junior high school age is allowed, this place is good for adults who want to pass the time leisurely.
Tokyo Dorm Natural Hot Springs, Spa LaQua
This facility is in the Tokyo Dorm City. The amber color hot water from 1,700m deep is called the ‘slimming spring’ and the ‘beauty spring.’ There are many facilities including 11 baths, open-air bath, sauna, various salons, restaurants, and relaxation space where you can spend a whole day. A couple can enjoy the Healing Bade together. This is good for couples who want to enjoy a different dating place.
Address: 1-1-1 Kasuga, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
Open Hours: 11:00 to 9:00 the next day (Last admission 8:00)
Tokyo Odaiba Ooedo-onsen-Monogatari
An onsen theme park imaging Edo Era. You spend your time in the facility wearing yukata (informal cotton kimono) and a sash which you choose. Once step into the facility, you feel like you have travelled back to the Edo era. You can experience a festival day by trying Shuriken (throwing knife), and ninja blowgun. The hot water extracted from 1,400m deep is said to have good effect for poor circulation and recovery from fatigue, among other things. There are 13 baths. In the Japanese garden, there is a 50m long foot bath called the ‘road of bath’ This is nice spot for those who want to experience the old Japan.
Address: 2-6-3 Aomi, Koutou-ku, Tokyo
Open Hours: 11:00 to 9:00 the next day (Last entry 7:00)
Natural Hot Springs Sengawa, Yukemuri-no-sato
Hot springs contain many natural items which retain heat and is good to keep the skin moisture by promoting the skin metabolism. There are many varieties of bath including a highly-concentrated carbonated spring and a milky bath called ‘silk bath.’ The open-air bath gives you a view of blue sky in the daytime and stars and the moon in nighttime. You can relax at a comic book corner with more than 11,000 books or at the lying down corner. As baby beds are available too, the whole family can enjoy this place.
Gokurakuyu, Tamacenter, (Gokurakuyu)
This is the Tamacenter branch of the “Gokurakuyu”, the largest operator in Japan. The natural hot springs drawn up from 1,500m deep is offered without adding any water. It is the sodium bicarbonated spring rich with natrium and is called the beauty spring which keeps your skin smooth. The recommended one is the “Gold carbonated bath”, a natural spring carbon gas is melted in. You can expect more effect on your beauty and health than ordinary natural springs and carbonated springs. This place is adjacent to the “Sanrio Puroland” where you enjoy mingling with Hello Kitty. Afterwards, you can relax at this hot spring.
Address: 1-30-1 Ochiai, Tama City, Tokyo
Open Hours: 9:00 to 26:00 (Reception closes at 25:20) Sat. and Sun. from 7:00