Thursday, January 10, 2019

English Guide to a Japanese Hot Spring Tour! Recommended Onsen (Hot Springs) to Visit in Japan with Nissan Rent-a-Car




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Japan national hot spring sightseeing spot. 
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 Nowadays, when the cold started in December, the "hot spring" is the season to remember.
You can enjoy open-air baths and Kaiseki course with snow scenery, and hot spring ryokan is a popular sightseeing spot for winter travel in Japan.

From Hokkaido to Okinawa, there are incredible spas all over Japan.
From hot springs that have been operating for hundreds of years, to hot springs that do not have hot springs but also to hot springs with sand (?), There are many kinds of springs. In this article, I will talk about "Japan Hot Spring Roadmap".


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Japanese hot spots are often far away from the city center.

There is a place where hot springs flow, and hot spring facilities are located in the outskirts of the city rather than downtown.

In other words, if you want to visit famous hot springs in Japan, it is convenient to use rental car rather than limited public transportation. If you look at the budget, you may find that it is reasonable to use a rental car.

Information about rent-a-car in Japan will be explained in more detail below. 




Japan's national hot spring roadmap


1. Hokkaido (北海道)

① Lake Shikaribetsu (然別湖)
"Lake Shikaribetsu" is about 2 hours by car from New Chitose Airport.

The lake is located at 810m above sea level. It is the highest lake in Hokkaido, and it boasts a beautiful scenery so that a cruise ship is operated during the season when it is not snowing.

In the winter, you can enjoy an open-air bath in the middle of the lake by creating an open-air bath on the frozen lake.
The photograph is when I used the foot bath facility where the lake was seen because the lake was free before. 

Lake Shikaribetsu (然別湖)
Google Maps
Car rental map code: 702 388 420 * 11
💻Nissan Rent-a-Car Hokkaido Area Guide (English)


② Dormy Inn Premium Otaru
"Dormy Inn Premium Otaru" is a hotel located in Otaru, a popular tourist destination in Hokkaido.

The Dormy Inn Hotel is famous for its location in Korea, and the natural hot spring "Akashinoyu" in this hotel combines well-known facilities in Otaru.

It is an in-house spa facility, but it is only possible to use hot springs. I think it is a good facility to go to the Otaru area in Hokkaido during the cold season.

★Dormy Inn Premium Otaru
Google Maps
Car rental map code: 164 719 504 * 68
💻Official website


③ Noboribetsu Onsen (登別温泉)
"Noboribetsu Onsen" is a hot spring sightseeing spot that utilizes natural volcanic hot spring water called "Hiyoriyama".

If you visit Hiyori Yama in Noboribetsu hot spring in winter, you can see the white steam rising from the white snowy mountain and the mountain.
I think this is one of the places where you can feel the magnificent nature of Hokkaido. Especially, when you go into the mountain, you can see natural hot spring water flowing like gorgeous water.

This hot spring is called "Oyunuma River" because it is a dark gray river. You can enjoy free foot bath here.
One thing to note, however, is that there is no separate facility, so towels must be taken separately. 

Noboribetsu Onsen (登別温泉)
Google Maps
Car rental map code: 603 257 767 * 26
💻Official website
Oyunuma River natural footbath link



2. Akita Prefecture (秋田県)

Nyuto Onsen (乳頭温泉郷)
 Japanese hot spring ", there are many people who have the image of" man and woman bathing ".
Tsurunoyu is located in Nyuto Onsen (Akita Prefecture) and is now one of the few hot springs in Japan.

In the drama Iris, it is the same hot spring that two protagonists date, and the structures made of immaculate hot spring water and trees were the scenes of the drama.

In addition to hot springs, you can also stay and enjoy Akita local cuisine.
Because it is off the city center in the location, I think that it is the hot spring which can enjoy true healing.

Nyuto Onsen (乳頭温泉郷), Tsurunoyu (鶴の湯)
Google Maps
Car rental map code: 435 486 151 * 26
💻Official website
Nissan Rent-a-Car Akita Area Guide (English)



3. Yamagata Prefecture (山形県)

Ginzan Onsen (銀山温泉)
Ginzan Onsen is the representative hot spring of Yamagata along with Tendo Onsen, and it is especially proud of its long history.
It is about 1500 years ago that the discovery of hot spring water here. It was said that hot spring water was discovered by accident while mining for the purpose of silver light development.

Of course, it still functions as a hot spring, and it is a place that many tourists visit to this day.

In addition, the wooden buildings to which this retorio is transmitted are said to have remained as they were in the early 1900s, and they have been used as a shooting spot for NHK Taicha Drama-Oshin (Oshin) as a rare wooden hot spring area in Japan.
Please note that there is not much parking space. 

Ginzan Onsen (銀山温泉)
Google Maps
Car rental map code: 720 859 002 * 10
💻Official website
Nissan Rent-a-Car Yamagata Area Guide (English)



4. Fukushima Prefecture (福島県)

① Aizu Oshio Onsen (大塩温泉)
 "Oshio Onsen" is a natural hot spring located in Kaneyama town of Aizu Oshio, Fukushima Prefecture.

It is famous for its natural sparkling water, which is said to be exported overseas from the beginning of the Meiji era. At present, it is said that they are delivering small quantities to famous restaurant restaurants in Japan and abroad. Here, too, you can enjoy the hot spring with natural sparkling water.

It is said that the carbonated hot spring has an excellent effect in promoting blood circulation. I have operated this kind of carbonated hot spring unmanned, and I can pay 300 yen to the unmanned counter.

Aizu Oshio Onsen (大塩温泉)
Google Maps
Car rental map code: 604 501 653 * 43
💻Link to related page
Nissan Rent-a-Car Fukushima Area Guide (English)


② Nishiyama Onsen (西山温泉)
 "Nishiyama Onsen" may be a hot spring resort in a plain and quiet town.
However, in fact, there is a unique hot spring here in Japan, which is rarely seen. It is "Rozawa Onsen Ryokan".

This is a rare hot spring bath in Japan now.
It just can not be said to be unique!

This is a place where a shrine is located. Even if there is a shrine on a hot spring sightseeing spot, the place where such a hot spring and a shrine are attached is a rare unique place.

Nishiyama Onsen (西山温泉)
Google Maps
Car rental map code: 604 501 653 * 43
💻Link to related page


5. Gunma Prefecture (群馬県)

① Kusatsu Onsen (草津温泉)
Kusatsu Onsen is one of the three major hot springs in Japan.
Yumomi "show where traditional hot spring water cools," Yubatake "where hot spring water flows like a field, and hot spring baths as well as hot springs.

Recently, Ikusatsu Onsen has become a revolution in the hot spring industry. It is about allowing a hot spring even if there is a tattoo. Foreign tourists think that tattoos are a fashion and there are many people who have been tattooed. It is often said that they come to Japan and are denied bathing in hot springs.

Takamatsu Ryokan (Takamatsu Ryokan) is a place that allows foreign visitors to enter Kusatsu with a little bit of misfortune to come to Japan and enjoy the hot springs.
Those who have not enjoyed the hot springs due to the tattoo, please note the Takamatsu Ryokan here at Kusatsu Hot Springs!! 

Kusatsu Hot Spring Hotel Takamatsu (草津温泉喜びの宿高松)
Google Maps
Car rental map code: 341 447 370 * 66
💻Link to related page
Nissan Rent-a-Car Gunma Area Guide (English)


② Kiyoshigekan (清重館)
"Kiyoshi Gekkan" is also a ryokan located in Kusatsu Onsen.

One feature is that you can feel like a home-like atmosphere. Of course, it is natural to have a comfortable and clean facility because it is a place to go for a ryokan, and this Kiyoshi Gekan offers spiritual comfort and comfort in a homey atmosphere.

One more thing to note about the unique history is that I recorded the hot spring sound from "Spirited Away of Sen and Chihiro" here.

If you go to the Ryokan lobby, you can see that you are proud of the signature sound effect team. 

Kiyoshigekan (清重館)
Car rental map code: 341 447 205 * 22


6. Tochigi Prefecture (栃木県)

① Kita Onsen (北温泉)
 Nasu is a hot spring resort located in Tochigi Prefecture.
And, if it is a hot spring representing Nasu, "Gita Onsen" can not be missed.

When you enter the building, you can see the interior like the set of the old drama first, because it is the same as the Edo, Meiji and Showa era.

Thanks to the interiors where history can be felt, it was also used as a filming location for the movie Terumae Romero.

Kita Onsen (北温泉)
Google Maps
Car rental map code: 548 749 478 * 17
💻Link to related page
Nissan Rent-a-Car Tochigi Area Guide (English)


② Myogaya Honkan (明賀屋本館)
 Myogaya main building is a hot spring ryokan where you can enjoy nature, not artificially created scenery.

You can enjoy the lush forests and the sounds of the river in a warm bath with a small valley in between, and it is said that hot spring enthusiasts come to visit hot spring enthusiasts thanks to these scenery.

In addition, I have pride in the hot spring water itself, and it is rare in the whole country to pass the hot spring water springing up as a natural phenomenon constantly to the bathtub.

Myogaya Honkan (明賀屋本館)
Car rental map code: 548 129 265*30


③ Matsukawa Ryokan (松川屋)
The hot spring water of Matsukawaya, which uses a 1,380-year-old shikanoyu, is a nigori-no-yu that is characterized by opaque colors.

This unique sulfur smell and pangan-tang are said to be due to the phenomenon of 'oxidation of the source water exposed to the air', and it is said to be particularly effective for skin beauty.

It is not an exaggeration to say that the open-air bath overlooking Nasu City is the most spectacular hot spring in Nasu. 

Matsukawa Ryokan (松川屋)
Google Maps
Map Code: 203 330 102*14
💻Official website



7. Ishikawa Prefecture (石川県)

Wakura Onsen Kagaya (和倉温泉 加賀屋)
Wakura Onsen Kagaya Ryokan, which is one of the best hot springs in Japan, selected by travel experts.
It is said that it is the place which occupies the first place of satisfaction with the result that it is the result that it is the result that it is the result of the investigation about the people using the ryokan facility (Japanese inn) of the whole country in one travel information site.

The rooms, the hot springs, the meals, as well as the service from the welcome to the return were perfect. The old antique classics were impressive.

Wakura Onsen Kagaya (和倉温泉 加賀屋)
Google Maps
Map Code: 590 305 393 * 81
💻Official website
Nissan Rent-a-Car Ishikawa Area Guide (English)




8. Kansai Region (関西)

① Candeo Hotels Osaka Namba
In fact, Candeo Hotel is a large hotel group that operates hotels in various parts of Japan and is very popular among primarily Asian tourists. 

Located on the 17th floor of the building, "SKY SPA", you can spend a relaxing time like a rich man on the rooftop of the Kandeo Hotel Namba.

Usually, it is rare to have such a facility in the city. 
If you are looking for a good spa in Osaka, 
I would definitely recommend it here.


Candeo Hotels Osaka Namba
Google Maps
10min walk from Namba Station
💻Official website
Nissan Rent-a-Car Osaka Area Guide (English)



② Arima Onsen (有馬温泉)
Arima Onsen is a hot spring located in Hyogo Prefecture and is part of the three major hot springs in Japan with Kusatsu.

It boasts a history of about 1,000 years and is located in a quiet mountain area, where you can feel the traditional Japanese atmosphere.
From the time when there was no excavation technology like now, I started to raise the hot spring water, and now I am operating it. There is a rare hot spring water containing 7 kinds of 9 main ingredients that are the standard of the nursing hot spring.

Arima Onsen (有馬温泉)
Google Maps
Map Code: 12 765 153*02




9. Ehime Prefecture (愛媛県)

① Dogo Onsen (道後温泉)
Dogo Onsen is Japan's oldest-class hot spring, boasting a history of about 3000 years. It has appeared in ancient Japanese myths and works of Japanese modern novelist Natsume Soseki.
Many also say it is the motif of the Ghibli movie "Spirited Away".


Dogo Onsen (道後温泉)
Google Maps
Map Code: 53 349 549*56
💻Official website
Nissan Rent-a-Car Ehime Area Guide (English)




10. Oita Prefecture (大分県)

① Beppu Onsen (別府温泉)
We think Beppu's onsens are one of the most popular hot spring resorts for many foreigners due to Beppu being the biggest and famous hot spring resort in the Kyushu area.

Among Beppu's hot springs, the "Hells of Beppu" (別府地獄) is the best and most exciting to visit.
There are nine "hells" in this onsen, each with its own distinctive features.


Hells of Beppu (別府地獄) 
Google Maps
Map Code: 46 376 780*20
💻Link to related page
Nissan Rent-a-Car Oita Area Guide (English)




11. Kagoshima Prefecture (鹿児島県)

① Ibusuki Sunamushi Onsen (指宿温泉)
Ibusuki Onsen is a hot springs resort located in Kagoshima Prefecture in Kyushu. It is also a tourist attraction in Kyushu together with Beppu and Yufuin.

Ibusuki Onsen is a place where you can experience a little special spa, "sand bath".
You can imagine that sand bathing is not much, but if you imagine sand bathing in the bathing bath of Ibusuki Hot Springs, it is Osan!

It has a unique terrain where hot spring water flows from land to sea. Because the hot spring water runs down the sandy beach, it is said that the sandy beach maintains a warm temperature as if it were boiling.
If you put your body in this warm sandy beach for about 10 minutes, it is very helpful for blood circulation. It is better to avoid it if you are drinking alcohol, pregnancy, or chronic illness.


Ibusuki Sunamushi Onsen (指宿温泉)
Google Maps
Map Code: 285 228 135*84
💻Official website
Link to related page

Nissan Rent-a-Car Kagoshima Area Guide (English)


② Kirishima Hotel Onsen (霧島温泉)
The Kirishima Hotel Onsen is located in the volcanic area of Kyushu.

Kirishima is one of the first national parks in Japan. It is said to have a volcanic area on the border between Kagoshima and Miyazaki prefectures in the southern part of Kyushu. Its highest bud reaches 1,700 meters.

Up to now, there are more than 30 kinds of hot springs in the hot springs, where there are about 30 hot spring ryokans. It is a hot spring sightseeing spot in Kyushu together with Beppu.

Kirishima Hotel Onsen (霧島温泉)
Map Code: 376 235 446*03


NISSAN RENT-A-CAR

Nissan Rent-a-Car is a car rental company operated by Nissan, a Japanese automobile company.

Because of this, all vehicles are vehicles manufactured by Nissan, and the company has built a long-term trust with the help of the kind and reliable service of large corporations.

Because there is Nissan Rent-a-Car at almost every station and airport,
 of all the hot spots that we introduced above are easily accessible.

Because Japan is a country where public transportation is developed, it is possible to go to a certain place by train and bus.

However, in the case of visiting hot springs resorts, there are places that are far from the city center or where it is difficult to reach by public transportation. Which makes renting a car better in our opinion. 

Enjoy a wide variety of trips around Japan through Nissan Rent-a-Car!