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Soaking In The City: 10 Tokyo Hotels With Onsens

Belicia
Published Jul 27, 2017

What’s the first thing you think of when you hear the word onsen? Probably somewhere calm and quiet, where you can relax in steaming water, away from the troubles of the world. Now contrast that with the bustle, crowds and relentless activity of Japan’s capital, Tokyo. Seems pretty incompatible, right? But, with these 10 hotels that have their on-site onsens, you might just get the best of both worlds. After a whole day of running around the city, there’s nothing more ideal than sinking into a hot spring and letting the water work its magic on your aching muscles.

1. Sadachiyo

To live the real Japanese experience, book yourself a stay at Sadachiyo. Located in Asakusa, Sadachiyo is one of the really traditional ryokans in modern and bustling Tokyo. The baths are public and are divided by gender. You can also choose between a stone onsen and a wood onsen. The ryokan is filled with Ukiyoe art and antiques, and is a great way to experience Japanese customs. The rooms at Sadachiyo are all Japanese-style, so guests sleep on tatami floor on futons. The property is just three-minutes away from Asakusa Train Station!


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2. Ryokan Asakusa Shigetsu

At Ryokan Asakusa Shigetsu, you can enjoy the view of the Senso-Ji’s temple five-stored pagoda while soaking in the onsen. The property offers traditional male and female baths. Japanese-style rooms and single Western-style rooms are available, although the single rooms are rather small.

Here, you’ll be staying in the Asakusa area, a peaceful neighbourhood that still keeps things interesting with friendly locals, city walks and temples. The property is just five minutes away from the subway station!


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3. Tokiwa Hotel

Just a minute away from Nippori Station, Tokiwa Hotel is an ideal choice if your itinerary includes lots of travelling out of Tokyo. You can easily get to the airport from Nippori Station via the express train. It offers a traditional public bath. You can opt for traditional Japanese style rooms – think tatami mats and futons. Otherwise, you can also stay in a Western-style room.


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4. Ryokan & Spa Shizuku (from USD 89)

Located in Adachi Ward, Ryokan & Spa Shizuku is on the outskirts of Tokyo, offering some peace and tranquillity at the end of a busy day of travelling. It’s still easy to get to thanks to the train system. For the slightly longer commute, you get beautiful, luxurious rooms and top-notch service, even by Japanese standards. Soak away the aches of a day of travelling in your own fragrant cedar bath, and pamper yourself with moisturisers, facial masks and bath essences, all free of charge.


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5. Super Hotel Akihabara Suehirocho (from USD 107)

Super Hotel Akihabara Suehirocho offers a great location, good service and a traditional hot spring, all at an affordable price! Located near the Suehirocho Subway Station, you can easily get to Akihabara and Ueno areas. The second floor of this hotel has it all – you can go for a soak in the onsen, grab some drinks from Japan’s famous vending machines and run a load of laundry at the coin-operated machines. The rooms and toilets are a bit small, but that’s to be expected in a place like Tokyo.


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6. HOSHINOYA Tokyo

HOSHINOYA Tokyo’s onsen is located on the top floor of the hotel, giving you a stunning view of the city below while you relax. The indoor and outdoor hot springs are connected. The property blends traditional Japanese architecture with modern touches, creating a unique and top-quality atmosphere. Another great thing about the HOSHINOYA Tokyo is the location – it’s right in the middle of the city. Otemachi Station is 300m away, while Tokyo Station is 800m away.


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7. Dormy Inn Tokyohatchobori Hot Spring

Dormy Inn is the perfect place if you don’t want to empty your bank account, but still want to enjoy the luxury of having an onsen to sink into at the end of the day. Conveniently located 2 minutes away from Hatchobori Station, Dormy Inn offers an onsen with a natural hot spring, as well as sauna facilities. The rooms offered are Western-style, and definitely on the small side, but you can expect them to be comfortable and clean. It’s all part of the Tokyo experience! As a bonus, Dormy Inn also offers a free shuttle service to Tokyo Station and free noodle soup at night.


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8. Hotel Emion Tokyo Bay

Planning a trip to Tokyo Disney Land? Hotel Emion Tokyo Bay is definitely where you want to stay. The hotel offers a free 15 minute shuttle to Tokyo Disney Resort. Expect Western-style rooms, a peaceful and clean environment, and friendly and accommodating staff. You can purchase tickets to Disney at the front desk, and do last-minute shopping at the Disney store at the hotel. Do note that an extra fee is required to use the onsen.


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9. Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo

Set in a historic Japanese garden, Hotel Chinzanso offers a much-needed spot of nature and greenery in the modern metropolis of Tokyo. The hotel offers an open-air hot tub, as well as hot spring. Do note that these are part of the on-site spa, so an extra fee will be charged. However, if you’re in the mood to treat yourself, you can go all out and enjoy a rejuvenating massage with scented oils, as well as going for a soak. The hotel is decorated in classic Western-styles, and you can expect luxurious rooms with marble en-suite bathrooms.


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10. the b tokyo suidobashi

Despite the hipster sounding name, you can expect a cosy and homey stay at the b tokyo hotel suidobashi. The Western-style rooms are tidy and spotless, with a fridge and a satellite TV. The public onsen is beautifully decorated and even has plants and soft lanterns creating a relaxing and dreamy atmosphere. The property is just a short walk away from Suidobashi Subway Station, as well as Tokyo Dome, which has an amusement park and shopping mall.


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Some pointers about onsen use...

Source: Booking.com

Before going to the onsen, here are some things you should take note of – most onsens will require you to disrobe completely. If you’re not comfortable with the idea of being naked in front of other people, then private baths are available, but they will cost more. Since everyone shares the bathwater, it’s important to wash yourself thoroughly before getting in, and to towel off after getting out so the floor isn’t slippery. Most importantly, remember to relax and don’t be afraid to socialise with the other bathers – it’s the best time to get to know locals or other travellers. Happy bathing!

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Belicia is a clueless child in between polytechnic and university. She loves playing with words and cameras, and in her free time tries to stay curious and keep exploring the world. To her, the...Read more

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