Onsen Guide: Top 15 Best Onsen In Tokyo
Japan is one of the most volcanically active countries in the world. As a result, natural hot springs or onsen have become an indispensable feature in their tradition and culture since the 18th century. People used to travel to spa towns like Hakone and Atami if they wanted to soak themselves in a hot spring. But, nowadays, thanks to modern technology, you can enjoy the best onsen right in Tokyo.
Onsen spots like these in the city often include both outdoor and indoor bathing facility, coming along with other additional services which help to entertain you and the whole family. Besides, the water from geothermally-heated springs is believed to do good for your health, such as alleviating muscle pains, fatigue or stress and healing skin problems. With all these benefits, visiting an onsen while staying in Japan needs to be on your bucket list. Now let’s see what we get here in Top 15 best onsen in Tokyo.
Top 15 Best Onsen In Tokyo
1. Oedo Onsen Monogatari
Speaking of onsen in Tokyo, Oedo Onsen Monogatari definitely ranks the first place of many foreign tourists. What makes this onsen spot outstanding from the other is the wide variety of entertainment facilities. There are up to 14 types of onsen here (even an onsen for dogs) with hot water that bubble up from 1400 meters underground. If you don’t have much time but still want to make the most out of this onsen experience, this is your place to go. Another thing you can’t miss out is to wear a yukata (a traditional costume of Japanese people besides kimono), while walking inside the facility which is built to resemble the old downtown of the Edo Era. This is a favorite place of many families in Tokyo because of plentiful festival games like shooting games, fortune-telling, and even photo booths.
Address: Oedo Onsen Monogatari Hot Springs Oumi 2-6-3, Koto, Tokyo
Phone: (03) 5500-1126
Price: Adult: 2,480 YEN
Children: 1,000 YEN
Weekends and holidays 2680 yen
2. Maenohara Onsen Sayano
Reaching the entrance, you feel like you are in a ryokan in the middle of the city. Here you can find a private semi-open-air bath located in the garden named “Hanare no yu”. Reading a book or just simply enjoy the beauty of nature in a hot tub is such an unforgettable experience. You should also try a bedrock sauna here with four temperature rooms of spring, summer, fall and winter depending on your own health condition and interest.
Address: 3-41-1 Maenocho, Itabashi-ku, Tokyo 174-0063
Price: [ Adult Prices ] Weekdays: ¥870 | Weekends & Holidays: ¥1,100
[Child Prices (Primary School ages and under)] Weekdays: ¥550 | Weekends & Holidays: ¥750
3. Tokyo Dome City Spa LaQua
This amazing complex inside Tokyo Dome City offers a number of choices that can make your head spin. There are four separated zones including spa zone, healing Baden, relaxation space, treatment and beauty. If you are looking for an onsen experience, coming to the spa zone. They have a large open-air bath using mineral-rich hot water that springs out from 1700 meters below the Tokyo Dome. The Healing Baden is well-known for different types of saunas such as natural stone and rock salt. In the relaxation space, like its name, you can totally relax here: reading magazines, watching TV, or lying down and taking a nap. Finally, treatment and beauty zone is where you can bring out your beauty and health according to your concerns and goals.
Address: Tokyo Dome City LaQua 5 to 9 Floors (Front Desk at 6F)
Price: – Adult: 2634 JPY
– Child: 1836 JPY
Additional surcharge on late-night and holiday usage
4. Bade and natural onsen – Toshimaen Niwanoyu
If you have children, you shouldn’t come to this place because children under 13 are denied entry. As you can infer, this is where adults come to have fun and relax. Offering 6 types of bath in total, varying from natural onsen to stone sauna, this onsen spot also has a green Japanese garden around. Many people come here to get closer to nature and avoid the hustle and bustle of the city.
Address: 豊島園 庭の湯, 3 Chome-25-1 Koyama Nerima, Tokyo
Phone: (03 ) 3990-4126
Price: – Adult: 2310 JPY
Elementary school kids and younger children and children under 12 yrs old are not allowed in the facility. We ask you to show your ID card.
5. Myojin no Yu
Myojin no Yu is an attractive, traditionally-styled bathhouse. The hot water coming out from their spring is rich in iron and salt. No matter how exhausted you are when coming here, we’re sure you will come back home with the most energetic, positive version of you. The water is believed to improve circulation, relieve muscle pain and treat insomnia. Of all the benefits mentioned above, this is where you should come if you want to treat yourself better.
Address: 1 18, 1-chōme, Ōyata Adachi-ku, Tōkyō-to, 120-0001, Japan
6. Tokyo Somei Onsen Sakura
The onsen bathhouse takes after the name of a cherry tree: somei. As a result, it is best visited during cherry blossom season (spring) but if you pay a visit any time of the year, it is not less beautiful. You can find many services here: onsen with sodium-rich water (the main reason you come here), a yoga class and massage. You can spend the whole day relaxing and healing yourself, contemplating the beauty of the cherry blossom.
Address: 24 4, 5-chōme, Komagome Toshima-ku, Tōkyō-to, 170-0003, Japan
7. Yama no Yu Onsen.
In case you want to find out how Japanese bathhouse used to look like during the postwar period, you should head to this place. Yama no Yu Onsen has been in business since it was first opened in 1960. That’s the reason why it has a retro style. The first thing welcomes you when arriving here is a picture of Mount Fuji, painted by the oldest of Japan’s three remaining sento painters. The huge, public bath in the center of the room is also a unique feature of this onsen spot. It is divided into tưo sections: one is a jet massage bath, one is an aroma bath changing its smell every day.
Address: 1-47-12 Kanamecho, Toshima-ku Tokyo
Phone: 03 3957 2679
8. Saya no Yudokoro.
Being one of the richest onsens in sodium chloride giving its water a greenish-brown color instead of light blue. Moreover, that’s not the only thing worth your visit. The bathhouse is surrounded by many green trees and lush, which makes you feel like being in a forest. For a person who’s in love with an old-fashioned place, you need to come here. With traditional-styled buildings and a zen garden, Sana no Yudokoro is attractive with foreign tourists. The facilities here are not very different from other spots varying from onsen to sauna, spa and restaurant. But believe me, taking a bath in a “look-like” forest place is something you should try in Japan.
Address: 3-41-1 Maenocho, Itabashi-ku Tokyo
Price: Mon-Fri ¥870, children ¥550; Sat, Sun & hols ¥1,100/¥750
9. Thermae Yu
Good news for manga fans, the next stop of our list is inspired by the popular Thermae Romae series. Originated from a spa complex, Thermae Yu has expended its business including hot spring baths, stone saunas, a beauty salon, scrub treatment, a lounge complete with a café, a restaurant and even a bar. You will be impressed by the half modern, half traditional decoration here. Opening 22 hours a day, you can rest here after taking a long night-walk in Shinjuku to recharge yourself.
Address: 1-1-2 Kabukicho, Shinjuku-ku Tokyo
Phone: 03 5285 1726
Price: Weekdays ¥2,364 (¥1,620 for 18-year-olds and younger between 11 am and 6 pm, last entry 4.30pm)
10. Nagomi no Yu
Located just outside the west exit of Ogibuko Station, this is one of the most convenient onsens in Tokyo. Like many other onsen spots, Nagomi no Yu comprises separated zones serving different purposes such as an open-air bath (the main feature), sauna zone, healing zone, and other additional services. Nagomi no Yu opens overnight until 9 am in the morning so that you can have the fullest experience here. In case you are tired and want to sleep, there are plenty of rooms for you to rest, of course, you have to pay an extra fee if you stay past 1 am.
Address: 1-10-10 Kamiogi, Suginami-ku Tokyo
Phone: 03 3398 4126
Price: Adults ¥1,800, children ¥1,050, infants (ages 3 and under) ¥530; late-night surcharge (after 1am) ¥1,350
11. Yunohama open-air bath.
You think that spending thousands of yens soaking in hot spring water is not worthy, you would rather spend money on shopping and enjoying local cuisines? Well in that case, we are pleased to inform you that a free bathhouse upper the hill is available for you. Located on Niijima, part of Izu island chain, the osen is themed on the ruin of ancient Rome, with the view over the crystal-blued sea. The stunning scenery here will blow your mind, especially when the sun goes down. Imagine emerging yourself in the hot water mixed from six different hot springs (you are reading it right, six springs not one), looking at the starry night and the sparkling sea all at one. It’s definitely such a once in a lifetime experience.
Address: Setoyama, Niijima-mura Tokyo
12. Roten Garden.
This onsen complex is on the outskirt of Tokyo but it doesn’t prevent tourists from coming here. Drawing its spring water from a depth of nearly 1400 meters underground, which is good for muscle pain and achy joints. Roten Garden’s facility includes outdoor and indoor baths, saunas,…at a reasonable price. If you feel bored, there is a karaoke room and a cosmic room with private space to entertain you. “Make yourself at home” is definitely the slogan of this onsen. That’s the reason why many tourists can’t help coming back here whenever they have a day off.
Address: 358 Aiharamachi, Machida-shi Tokyo
Phone: 042 774 2681
Price: Adults ¥740 (Mon-Fri) / ¥890 (Sat, Sun & hols), children ¥300 (Mon-Fri) / ¥350 (Sat, Sun & hols)
13. Heiwajima Natural Hot Spring
The next place is worth considering if you get an early flight but you would like to wait in a hot tub rather than the departure lobby. Haiwajima Natural Hot Spring is just 15-minute car ride from Haneda Airport. In case you don’t have a car, don’t worry, the onsen provides a shuttle bus service to the airport every morning. There are up to 150 tons of hot spring bubbled up from 2000 meters underground. Haiwajima Natural Hot Spring is one of the largest natural hot spring facilities in Tokyo. Along with onsen, you have many other options like stone spa, healing program and a relaxation space filled with row upon row of reclining chairs.
Address: 1 1, 1-chōme, Heiwajima Ōta-ku, Tōkyō-to
Price: Adults ¥1,800 (Mon-Fri) / ¥2,100 (Sat, Sun & hols), children ¥900
14. Shimizuyu (Musashi Koyama Onsen)
If you only relate hot spring water with the light-blue colored water then you haven’t had a full onsen experience. In this onsen, you can have the opportunity to emerge yourself in “black water” and “golden water”. The inky black water is called kuroyu water, it is typical in this part of the city. It is said to cure all manner of ailments while the golden water is suggested for chronic skin diseases and auto-immune ailments. Despite the high quality of hot spring water, the onsen charges customers at sento bath prices, who’s said: “The cheapest is the dearest”.
Address: 3-9-1 Koyama, Shinagawa-ku Tokyo
Price: Adults ¥460, children ¥180
15. Times Spa Resta.
We have reached the last spot in our list. Do you curious what is the last onsen in Tokyo you should check out? From 10th to 12th floor of the Time Station parking garage and car central facility in the central of Tokyo lies one of the classiest spa complexes in the city. The men and women’s sides are separated apparently. While the man’s side has a wide variety of bath, Finnish-styled sauna; the ladies can enjoy an open-air hot tub, saunas and other beauty-enhancing facilities. Moreover, you can find other health treatments like massage, body scrubs and more, offering for both sexes. But note that anyone with tattoos and under the age of 18 will not be accepted.
Address: Times Station Ikebukuro 10-12F, 4-25-9 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku Tokyo
Phone: 03 5979 8924
Price: Mon-Fri ¥2,750 (¥1,800 if you stay less than 90min), Sat, Sun & hols ¥3,100 (¥2,150). ¥500 hourly surcharge between 12 midnight and 5 am
So that’s our list of Top 15 best onsen in Tokyo, is there any place you want to go? When visiting an onsen, not only can you relax and retreat yourself after all hard-working days, but it’s also the time you can spend with your family and friends. So now it’s time for you to enjoy the weekend with the whole family in one of these onsens above.