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Hot Spring Resorts in Kanto Area
Hot springs can be enjoyed throughout the year across the entire country in Japan, but the best seasons to experience this specialty of the volcano country are definitely autumn and winter - autumn for the air is chilly and the landscape with colored leaves are just astonishing viewed while bathing, and winter for the hot water soothes away the cold and bathing in the outdoor baths in the snow is absolutely magnificent.
Here are just a few of the thousands of hot spring resorts scattered around Japan. Each are unique in water quality and therefore the health benefits you can expect, so try as many as you wish!
Prefectures Gunma    Kanagawa    Tochigi
Gunma Prefecture
Ikaho Hot Springs
Ikaho has always been one of the most famous and popular hot spring resorts since centuries ago. Ever since the German doctor Erwin von Baeltz promoted the area as a hot spring resort, the resort has attracted the royal/imperial family, litterateurs and expats in Japan, and for this reason the resort has great facilities.
Ikaho Hot Springs  
Spring Type sulfate, hydrogencarbonate
Health Benefits neuralgia, chronic gastroenteric disorder, cuts, burns, etc.
Location Shibukawa City, Gunma Prefecture
Access From JR Shibukawa Station take Kanetsu Kotsu Bus bound for Ikaho Onsen for 27min. to the final stop

Manza Hot Springs
The hot spring for Manza Onsen wells up in an active volcano with a crater lake on its top, is a hot spring with a long history. Being a hot spring resort located right by a volcano, Manza Onsen provides a great sense of the natural hot spring-ness as you can see smoke fuming and smell the sulfur. The area is also a popular ski resort in the winter.

 
Spring Type  
acidic/sulfur including-auminum-sulfate
Health Benefits   neuralgia, poor blood circulation, arthralgia, etc.
Location   Tsumagoi Village, Agatsuma County, Gunma Prefecture
Access   From JR Manza-Kazawaguchi Station take Seibu Kogen Bus bound for Kusatsu Onsen via Manza Onsen for 40min. and get off at Manza Onsen stop
URL   Japanese: http://www.manzaonsen.gr.jp/
 

Oigami Hot Springs
From the benefits on skin, Oigami Onsen is also known by the name of “bijin no yu” (the spring for beauty). 19 hotels and inns are located along the Katashina River, and in the town center the morning market is open during spring through autumn. For it is closely located to Gunma’s famous nature spot Oze (marsh), the town is also enjoys accommodating travelers to Oze. Besides the numerous inns where you can stay overnight and enjoy the hot springs at ease all day long, there is a facility where day-trip visitors can appreciate bathing in natural hot spring bath.

 
Spring Type  
hydrogen sulfide
Health Benefits   skin troubles, rheumatism, neuralgia, muscle pain, gout, etc.
Location   Numata City, Gunma Prefecture
Access   From JR Numata Station take Kanetsu Kotsu Bus bound for Kamata/ Tokura/ Oshimizu via Oigami Onsen for 50min. and get off at Oigami Onsen stop
     
 

Kusatsu Hot Springs
Surrounding Kusatsu’s top specialty Yubatake natural spring, approximately 170 hotels and inns from the traditional wooden architecture to modern multistory resort type hotels await visitors to the onsen town. Boasting the largest volume of natural spring water in Japan, Kusatsu provides its abundant and extremely hot water to not only the accommodation facilities but to public baths and day-trip hot spring facilities as well, enabling all kinds of travelers to enjoy bathing in their respective ways.

 
Spring Type  
acid, sulfur containing aluminum/ sulfate, chloride, etc.
Health Benefits   neuralgia, muscle pain, fatigue soothing, cuts
Location   Kusatsu Town, Agatsuma County, Gunma Prefecture
Access   From JR Naganoharakusatsuguchi Station take JR Bus bound for Kanto Kusatsu Onsen Bus Terminal for 25 min. and get off at the last stop (terminal)
 

Shiriyaki Hot Springs
The hot spring wells up from the bottom of Nagasasazawa River and flows into the “dam” in the river creating a natural (outdoor) hot spring bath for people to bathe in. Since the bottom of the river is hot and also for its super effect on hemorrhoid the hot springs is named Shiriyaki (shiri = buttocks, yaki = burn).

 
Spring Type  
calcium, sodium-hydrogen sulfide, chloride
Health Benefits   hemorrhoid, neuralgia, muscle pain, etc.
Location   Kunimura Village, Agatsuma County, Gunma Prefecture
Access   From JR Naganoharakusatruguchi Station take JR Bus bound for Hanashiki Onsen for 30min. and get off at the last stop, walk 10min.
Gunma Onsen Map
 
Kanagawa Prefecture
 
Hakone 17 Springs
About 25,000 tons of hot spring wells up from the 17 springs in all of the Hakone Mountains making Hakone area the 5th largest hot spring area (in amount of discharge) in the country. The quality and health effects vary to nearly 20 kinds extracted from different stratums which its depth is equivalent to a 5-story-building. From the ancient times hot springs were associated to luxury and tourism in Japan and Hakone has been the leading hot spring resort for centuries with the largest number of accommodation facilities, capacity of visitors and the number of tourists in Japan. Here are just a few of the Seventeen.
  Hakone Tozan Tetsudo
 
Hakone Yumoto
Hakone Yumoto has the longest history in the Hakone Mountains as a hot spring resort, which its opening dates back to 738 A.D. During the Edo Period a number of springs were drilled one after another making it the largest hot spring area in the Hakone Mountains in terms of the number of springs, hotels and visitors. Additionally to the richness of spring water, the area is easy to access from Tokyo and is located in a day-trip distance leaving enough time for visitors to enjoy more than just a couple of places.
Spring Type  
plain, alkaline, chloride, etc.
Health Benefits   neuralgic pain, arthritic pain, sensitivity to cold, smooth skin, skin troubles, etc.
Location   Hakonemachi, Ashigara-Shimogun, Kanagawa Prefecture
Access   Hakone Yumoto Station: (from Shinjuku Station) Odakyu Line… limited express, express, rapid, local
 
Ashinoyu Hot Springs  (bluish milk white / greenish milk white)
The Ashinoyu Hot Springs is located 870 meters above sea level and is counted as one of the former Seven Hakone Hot Springs. Though not as old as Hakone Yumoto, there are records telling us the history of Ashinoyu as a (religious) healing location to have started some time around 1280 AD. There are only three accommodation (ryokan: Japanese style hotels) left in Ashinoyu but all of them draw excellent spring water including water which have different elements and changes colors.
Spring Type  
sulfur spring
Health Benefits   chronic skin disease, general indication
Location   Hakonemachi, Ashigara-Shimogun, Kanagawa Prefecture
Access   from Hakone Yumoto Station take Hakone Tozan Bus / Izu Hakone Bus bound for Moto-Hakone or Hakonemachi direction for 29 minutes and get off at Higashi-Ashinoyu stop
 
Goura Hot Springs
As compared to its neighboring hot spring areas Goura is a newly opened resort as its history is shorter than a century. Even then, with the opening of the Hakone Tozan Testudo (mountain tram) Goura has grown as one of the major names of the Hakone Yumoto Mountains as a luxurious hot spring and vacation resort which keeps to retain the elegance today.
Spring Type  
sulfur spring, chloride, etc.
Health Benefits   arthritic pain, skin trouble, women’s diseases
Location   Hakonemachi, Ashigara-Shimogun, Kanagawa Prefecture
Access   from Odawara Station take Hakone Tozan Tetsudo to Goura Station
 
Sengokubara Hot Springs
Sengokubara Hot Springs is a hot spring resort located in the highlands at around 700 meters above sea level, and draws spring water from Oakudani (milk white water) and Ubako (transparent) springs. The area has been developed as a Western-style summer resort back in late Taisho to Showa years, and preserves rich nature as compared to the neighboring resorts.
   
Sengokubara
Spring Type  
calcium-sulfate, simple sulfur
Health Benefits   arthritic pain, high blood pressure, skin trouble, etc.
Location   Hakonemachi, Ashigara-Shimogun, Kanagawa Prefecture
Access   from Hakone Yumoto Station take Hakone Tozan Bus bound for Segoku-Togendai for 23 minutes and get off at Sengoku-Annaijomae stop
     
Kanagawa Onsen Map
 
Tochigi Prefecture
Nikko Yumoto Hot Springs
The surrounding area of Nikko Yumoto Hot Springs has rich nature and hiking courses such as Senjogahara and Odashirogahara, allowing the spa resort to become especially popular among nature-loving hikers. About 30 hotels and inns gather on the north shore of Lake Yunoko forming a cozy spa town that has a hint of sulfur smelling in the air coming from the strong sulfate springs in the Yunodaira Swamp located northeast to the town. At and day-trippers are welcome to stop by for a soothing milk white spa.
Oku-Nikko Yumoto
Spring Type simple sulfate spring
Health Benefits neuralgic pain, chronic gastroenterologic diseases, etc.
Location Nikko Yumoto Onsen
Yumoto, Nikko City, Tochigi Prefecture
Access From JR Nikko Station or Tobu Nikko Line Nikko Station take Tobu Bus bound for Yumoto Onsen for 1h20m and get off at the final stop.
URL http://www.nikkoyumoto.com/
(Yumoto Onsen Cooperative, JPN, pix)

Nasu Hot Springs
On the highlands spreading out on the mild mountainsides of Mt.Nasudake (Mt.Chausudake) scatter several hot springs including Nasu Yumoto, Kita, Omaru, Benten, Takao, Yawata and Shin-Nasu forming the Nasu Hot Spring Resort (Nasu Onsenkyo). The center of the spa resort is the Nasu Yumoto Hot Springs with a history of more than 1,300 years which was originally opened as a therapeutic bath spot but has now turned into an amusement and therapeutic spa resort. A drive through the Volcano Highway connecting Nasu Yumoto Onsengai (town) and Mt.Nasudake provides a grand scenic view and great refreshment.

 
Spring Type  
hydrogen sulfide, plain spring, sulfate spring, etc.
Health Benefits   neuralgic pain, rheumatism, muscle pain, gastroenteric diseases, burns, chronic skin diseases, etc.
Location   Nasu Onsenkyo
Nasu Town, Nasu County, Tochigi Prefecture
Access   From JR Nasu Shiobara Station take free shuttle bus provided by Nasu Onsen Ryokan Cooperative three times a day. OR,
From JR Tohoku Honsen Kuroiso Station take Toya Bus for 40min. to Nasu Onsenkyo (Nasu Yumoto) Stop.
URL   http://www.nasuonsen.com/
(Nasu Onsen Ryokan Cooperative, Japanese)
 

Shiobara Hot Springs
Shiobara Hot Springs is another old spa with its history dating back to 806 A.D. and is formed by a number of spring sources such as Oami, Fukuwata, Shiogama, Monzen, Kamishiobara along Houkigawa River and Motoyu, Shinyu in the mountains. Japanese inns and hotels with history and tradition gather around the Monzen and Hataori area and there are also public outdoor spas along the river. The view of the valley is especially beautiful in this area.

 
Spring Type  
weak sodium, plain spring, sulfate, etc.
Health Benefits   neuralgic pain, rheumatism, chronic skin diseases, muscle pain, etc.
Location   Nasu Shiobara City, Tochigi Prefecture
Access   From JR Nasu Shiobara Station take JR Bus bound for Shiobara Onsen, get off at either Hataori Onsen (34min-ride) or final stop Shiobara Onsen Bus Terminal (55min-ride).
URL   http://www.siobara.or.jp/e_top.htm
(Shiobara Hot Springs Village, English)
 

Chuzenji Hot Springs
The vast area at Mt. Nantaisan’s foot with Okunikko’s symbolic Lake Chuzenjiko preserves rich nature providing spectacular scenic beauty and a somewhat mystical and austere atmosphere. Chuzenjiko Hot Springs is a spa resort consisted of hotels and inns on the northeast shore of the lake drawing spring water from Nikko Yumoto springs. From individual travelers to tourists of large groups, all kinds of visitors are welcome at big and little, traditional and new accommodations. The area also offers a number of nature attraction including water sports, hiking, sightseeing boats and seeing the Kegon-no-taki Waterfalls.

 
Spring Type  
simple sulfate spring
Health Benefits   neuralgic pain, muscle pain, diabetes, etc.
Location   Chuzenjiko Onsen
Chugushi, Nikko City, Tochigi Prefecture
Access   From JR Nikko Station or Tobu Nikko Line Tobu Nikko Station take Tobu buT bound for Yumoto Onsen for 1h, get off at Chuzenji Kanaya Hotel-mae bus stop.
URL   http://www.nikko-jp.org/english/index.html
(Nikko Tourist Information Center, English)
Tochigi Onsen Map
 
 
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