As Japanese as the cherry blossoms of spring, 'onsen' (natural hot springs) play an essential role in the lives of many people, offering escape, relaxation and healing of the mind, body and soul.
In Japanese, the word ‘onsen’ refers to naturally hot springs that meet a number of requirements to qualify as such. Though the numbers vary, Japan boasts more than 25,000 hot springs with over 3000 designated ‘onsen’ areas dotted throughout the country – some of which have histories stretching back more than one thousand years as places of refuge, healing and relaxation. On this page you will find everything you need to know regarding onsen in Japan including how to identify one, step-by-step instructions to use them correctly, where to find some good ones and how to book an onsen guesthouse while in Nagano and Central Japan.
This page has you covered for everything you need to know about 'onsen' including how to identify and use them.
What to do, what not to do, the story with tattoos, tips on how to enjoy and why you really should onsen in Japan.
Nagano and Central Japan is home to some of the country's most historic, famous and enjoyable hot spring towns.
We can recommend and arrange your stay at an onsen hotel along with transport and tours, travel and ski packages.
Starting with the question of what qualifies as an 'onsen', this page is your connects you to everything you need to know to enjoy the hot springs.
Using an onsen for the first-time can be intimidating but the rules and etiquette are basic and with these simple tips you'll be soaking like a local.
Our home region of Nagano and Central Japan boasts some of best-known hot spring towns in the country, most within easy reach of Tokyo.
Home of the Snow Monkey Park, Kanbayashi Onsen also boasts some excellent traditional guesthouses.
Within walking distance of the Jigokudani Monkey Park, Shibu Onsen boasts a 1300-year history.
Surrounding the nearest train station to the monkey park and Shiga Kogen Ski Resort, Yudanaka offers convenience and affordable pricing.
Nestled in the Joshinetsu National Park, Kustatsu Onsen is one of Japan's most famous hot spring towns.
Lying between Kamikochi and Takayama, Okuhida Onsen offers excellent hot spring accommodation in the beautiful surroundings of the North Alps.