Countless onsen (hot springs) are scattered across Japan. You even can spend a few months to travel, even though you try only different types of onsen (hot spring) while in Japan. Bathing in onsen (hot springs) or outdoor baths (rotemburo) is a sheer joy, and a “must-do” for any visitor to Japan.
|Main Onsen (Hot Springs) in Japan|
Tohoku Onsen Travel Guide
Kinugawa Onsen (Nikko, Tochigi)
Kanto Onsen Travel Guide
Gero Onsen (Gifu)
Tokai Onsen Travel Guide
Hokuriku Onsen Travel Guide
Shirahone Onsen (Nagano)
Koshinetsu Onsen Travel Guide
Arima Onsen (Kobe, Hyogo)
Kansai Onsen Travel Guide
Beppu Onsen (Oita)
Kyushu Onsen Travel Guide
Types of Onsen (Hot Springs) in JapanOnsen come in many types and shapes: Roten buro or Noten buro (露天風呂 or 野天風呂) is an outdoor bath; Uchiyu (内湯) is an indoor bath; Utaseyu (打たせ湯) is artificial waterfall in the bathing area; Ashiyu (足湯) is a foot bath; Goemon buro (五右衛門風呂) is a large iron kettle-shaped bathtub; Neyu (寝湯) is a lying bath; Ganbanyoku (岩盤浴) is a hot stone spa.
Real onsens contain minerals and are bubbling from the ground. Your skin will become smooth like a baby’s, if you find the spring that contains good minerals! Find types of water you like!!
Alkaline simple onsen (アルカリ性単純泉, arukari-sei tanjyun-sen)
Sulphur onsen (硫黄泉, iou-sen)
Sodium chloride onsen (ナトリウム泉, natoriumu-sen)
Hydrogen carbonate onsen (炭酸泉, tansan-sen)
Iron onsen (鉄泉, tetsu-sen)
In Japan, it is said onsen have various medical effects. A good soak in proper onsen heals aches, pains and diseases, and visit onsen to treat the illnesses, such as arthralgia, chronic skin diseases, diabetes, constipation, menstrual disorders and so on.
Generally it is said that if alkaline is strong, one feels that the water is light and smooth as alkaline simple onsen removes one’s cuticles and make one’s skin smooth. Therefore, many “Bijin-yu (onsen which makes one beautiful)” belongs to this type.
Be warned that some people might get skin sore, if the acidity is too strong.
The basic idea of how to take onsen depending on the type of chemicals.
Soak in the water of the alkaline type or good type for you longer and don’t wash off the good minerals with soap before you get out.
Soak in the water of the strong acid type shortly and wash off the minerals before you get out as the bacteria-killing action is too strong. Even though this type of water is too strong, you keep the rule and the water is good for your skin.
The color of water also varies: White; Clear and colorless; Red; Blue; Brown; Black; With mineral deposits.
For your further interest, most of onsen are gender separated baths and there are some mixed onsen in rural areas of Japan. Some onsen have strong smells.
Hot spring tax must be paid. It is usually included in the fee.
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