Top 10 Hot Spring Destinations in Japan
Any time in rural Japan should include onsen (hot springs). The islands of Japan were formed by volcanic movement; seams of geothermal activity continue to bubble away underground, rising to the surface as naturally warmed, mineral-rich hot spring water – onsen.
These natural hot baths are usually found in incredibly scenic corners of rural Japan. Hot spring bathing is a quintessential experience when traveling. And really what is better after a day spent traveling between villages, walking in the forests, or pottering through craft centers than slipping into a roten-buro – a luxuriously warm outdoor bath – and gazing out upon the scenery?
We’ve compiled a list of our favorite onsen destinations in Japan – read our guide below.