Thursday, February 21, 2019

Best Natural Onsen (Hot Spring) in Tokyo ♨ Enjoying a Traditional Hot Spring at Toshimaen Niwa-No-Yu (豊島園庭の湯)

A Natural Hot Spring in Tokyo
Japan is a country of hot springs that brings many foreign tourists to visit while traveling in Japan. However, some of the most famous hot springs, such as Hakone, are located a bit out there so time and budget constraints are imminent at times.

This article is for those who want to go to a relaxing hot spring but don't want or able to travel out of Tokyo. 

Toshimaen Niwa-no-Yu (豊島園 庭の湯) is located within one of Tokyo's amusement park Toshimaen and is only 12 minutes by train from Ikebukuro.
You can get to Toshimaen Station on either the Toei Oedo Line or Seibu Toshima Line.

Toshimaen Niwa-no-Yu (豊島園 庭の湯)
The professional and super friendly counter staff will give you a pool bag with towels and will explain how the hot springs works

There are of course lockers in the changing room but there are also security lockers to store your valuables.

The key to your locker in the locker/changing room key should always be carried with you.There are things available like hair dryers, skincare products, and even a big part of Japan's "hot springs culture" a vending machine of filled with fresh milk.

Bath and Sauna Facilities
Japanese gardens surrounding open-air baths are not in short supply compared to any hot spring ryokan. They don't have cherry blossoms sadly, but during the fall the area is covered with beautiful autumn leaves in autumn, and sometimes snow in winter.

A Natural Hot Spring in Tokyo
Usually, small bathhouses and hot springs in cities bring in hot spring water from other local hot springs and heat up the water to use, but at Toshimaen Niwa-no-Yu, they use real hot spring water from around 1,445m underground Toshimaen! Apparently, they were digging and just came about natural hot springs water, which brought them to build a hot spring. 

Furthermore, there are various types of hot spring water here such as sodium hot spring (its main source) and carbonated hot spring. In particular, Niwa-no-Yu is most known for its sodium hot springs water which not only makes your skin feel smooth but has a thermal effect on your body. Then the carbonate springs promote blood circulation and a good metabolism.

Cold Water Bath

Bucket Shower 

 Thermarium Sauna and Finish Sauna

*Sauna Service Hours - 2pm, 4pm, 7pm

This is the pool area called "Bade Zone", which you can get to through both the male and female baths. It is set at a temperature of about 35℃ (95℉). This area also offers body massages! Here bathing suits are required, which is nice for those that do not feel comfortable being naked in public and for those who came with someone of the opposite sex and want to enjoy a hot spring them.

 An outdoor hot spring surrounded by a Japanese garden.

For an additional cost, 
you can get a great foot massage which is the best after soaking in the hot springs.

Or if you would prefer, a traditional Thai massage is available. (additional cost)

In the Finnish sauna, use a towel five times a day to blow hot winds.

*Towel service (Aufugus) - 13:00, 15:00, 17:00, 19:00, 21:00

A steam room corner newly built under the influence of Korean hanjeungmak culture. Because the temperature is lower than that of a sauna and there is a room where you can lie down, even those who do not like the sauna can slowly sweat away. In the afternoon, you must register at the counter. In addition, the cost of the steam room is 500 yen on weekdays and 700 yen on holidays.

11: 00 ~ 13: 20 Free use up to 140 minutes
13: 30 ~ 22: 20 50 minutes at one time (registration required, before starting)
Registration Procedure: Counter Registration> Wearing Special Clothes> Arriving at the steam room> Enjoying a private towel

 They even have delicious food options at their restaurant.

 The bar offers a variety of alcoholic beverages, draft beer and Japanese sake! Another great side of Japanese "onsen culture", enjoying a beer after spending a few hours in a hot springs bath.

♨Toshimaen Niwa-no-Yu (豊島園 庭の湯)
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⏰10am〜11pm (Entry ends at 10pm)
💵2,310 yen for junior high school students or older, 1,295 yen after 6 pm
(Including clothes, shower towel, towel)
Rental bathing suit: 440 yen
💻Official website

Be aware:
1. Children in middle school and below must be accompanied by a guardian over 20 years old.
2. Up to 8pm for middle school students and 9pm for high school students.
3. If you have a tattoo(s) or tattoo type sticker, you will be denied access to the hot springs/pools.




  1. This is so cool and the place looks wonderful. Love this "use a towel five times a day to blow hot winds" I enjoyed your blog. Cheers!

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