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 17 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.
Located at Taito, Ueno, Centurion Hotel & Spa is only a three-minute walk from Okachimachi Station and a five-minute walk from Ueno Station. A popular weekend destination, Ueno is an excellent choice for tourists as it offers a lot of attractions and shopping areas like Ueno Park, Tokyo National Museum, and Ameya Yokocho Market (Ameyoko), among others. After you’re done strolling down the streets of Ueno, head back for a relaxing and comfortable stay at this hotel. You can use the sauna, Jacuzzi, hot spring bath, and a public bath to unwind and de-stress. Each room also features organic toiletries including shampoo, conditioner, and body soap. For the next day, wake up to a lavish buffet breakfast served at the on-site restaurant, Yakiniku Yansando, featuring Japanese delicacies like yakiniku barbeque.
Centurion Hotel&Spa Ueno Station
Address: Taito-ku Ueno 6-8-16
Price: from 44 USD
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For a stay in the heart of Tokyo and access to a natural hot spring, the Onyado Nono Asakusa Hotel is the one for you. Guests can also enjoy the hote’s sauna. After pampering yourself with a nice hot bath, you can rest in the modern rooms, fitted with a flat-screen TV, private bathroom, and electric kettle. Some rooms have city views and a desk. In the morning, enjoy an Asian breakfast in their on-site restaurant. Then, you may make use of the property’s 24-hour front desk and luggage storage space as you take a stroll around the nearby shopping centers and popular landmarks such as the Asakusa Public hall and Edo Taito Traditional Crafts Center. Free WiFi is provided throughout the whole property.
Located in the Shinjuku Ward district of Tokyo, Yuen Shinjuku offers modern, clean, air-conditioned rooms fitted with a flat-screen TV. You can choose from double rooms, twin rooms, and suite rooms with some room types offering city views. If you want to relax, their hot spring baths come highly recommended. Some amenities available include laundry, a 24-hour front desk, daily housekeeping, and free WiFi in all areas. There is also an on-site restaurant serving good coffee. The hotel lives up to the well-known and top-notch Japanese accommodation service. On top of that, it is very well-situated, close to Tokyo’s popular landmarks such as Jisho-in and Genkyoji Temples.
Hotel Felice Akasaka is a great option for those looking to stay at the heart of Tokyo and want to experience public bath and massage services. Taking a bath after a day of strolling and exploring Tokyo is especially rewarding. After pampering yourself with a relaxing bath, you can then rest in their comfortable rooms, each comes with a safety deposit box, electric kettle, and a private bathroom. Another great feature of this hotel is that the room rates already come with breakfast, meaning guests can automatically enjoy buffet meals in the mornings. Hotel Felice is located only a 3-minute walk from Akasaka station. Tokyo Tower is only a 22-minute train ride away.
Just a minute walk from Sugamo Station, APA Hotel Sugamo Ekimae is highly accessible for tourists who want to be pampered in APA’s standard of high quality and new urban style hospitality. This hotel features modern and compact rooms that are a good value for money, and of course, the incorporation of onsens (Japanese hot spring). Staying guests are free to indulge in both indoor and open-air public bath, and experience the culture distinctive to Japan. The compact and functional rooms feature Wi-Fi access, comfortable bedding, flat-screen TV, electric kettle, en suite bathroom, and toiletries. With friendly service, a great location, and a good breakfast buffet, come and find relaxation at APA Hotel Sugamo Ekimae. You will surely be back!
Another part of the APA Group of Hotels and Resorts is the APA Hotel Shinjuku-Kabukicho Tower. Embodying APA’s concept of new urban style, it also boasts a public bath, open-air bath and massage facilities (for a fee). To provide convenience and relaxation, each room is fitted with comfortable beds, a flat-screen TV, refrigerator, desk, electric kettle, toiletries, and more. The hotel also offers 24-hour front desk service, luggage storage, Wi-Fi, dry cleaning, fax machine, trouser press and shared use of the microwave. The on-site restaurant offers a Japanese and Western-style breakfast buffet. Besides the onsen or Japanese hot spring, what stands out in this hotel is its accessibility. Predominantly surrounded by train stations, this hotel is highly accessible if you wish to visit Shinjuku-ku, Kabukicho. You can go bar hopping, shopping, or visit the Robot Restaurant at Tokyo’s adult-oriented nightlife district.
APA Hotel Shinjuku-Kabukicho Tower
Address: Shinjuku-ku, Kabukicho 1-20-2
Price: from 74 USD
Visual aids: Tactile signs Accessible parking Currency exchange Smoke alarms Lift Single-use miniature toiletry bottles (including shampoo, conditioner, body wash, moisturiser, hand soap) Newspapers Wheelchair accessible
With an authentic Japanese concept, this capsule hotel provides cheap and basic overnight accommodation for budget travellers. It comprises of large Jacuzzis, saunas, and massage chairs for guest’s relaxation and wellness. Massage services are also available for an additional fee. Only a five-minute walk from Shibuya Station, this capsule hotel is a great choice for travelers who are interested in this unique concept and opted to spend more on restaurants, shopping, or just exploring Shibuya. An overnight capsule comes with a TV, radio, alarm clock, as well as toiletries, a yukata robe, and a personal locker. Other amenities include a shared bathing area, a food and drinks vending machine, coin-operated laundry facilities, Wi-Fi, and free use of the computer. Please do note that this capsule hotel is male-only.
Capsule Hotel Shibuya
Address: 150-0043 Tokyo-to, Shibuya-ku Dogenzaka 1-19-14, Japan
Star Rating: 1 Star
Another budget-friendly capsule hotel with excellent service is Capsule Hotel Anshin Oyado Shinjuku. Catering only to male guests, this capsule hotel highlights a public bath, internet cafe, and Wi-Fi, all for free. The air-conditioned sleeping cabins provide a tablet PC, high-quality headphones, a multi-purpose plug, bedding, and a flat-screen TV. Upon entering, guests are greeted by the friendly staff at the 24-hour front desk alongside a complimentary green tea. If you’re a backpacker or a solo traveler, you’ll find the place comfortable and even luxurious as you can find everything you need under one roof. The hotel services and facilities include food and drinks, microwave oven, mist sauna, massage chair, shared bathing area, toiletries, laundry, locker, hairdressing essentials, and even comics - all for free! Located just a two-minute walk away from Shinjuku Station, this capsule hotel could be a great starting point to explore parks, museums, and clubs in the Shinjuku district.
Capsule Hotel Anshin Oyado Shinjuku
Address: Shinjuku-ku Shinjuku 4-2-10
Price: from 45 USD
Vending machine (snacks) Free WiFi Staff follow all safety protocols as directed by local authorities Sauna Massage Physical distancing in dining areas Hand sanitizer in guest accommodation and key areas Currency exchange
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!
Address: Taito-ku, Asakusa 2-20-1
Price: from 190 USD
Some pointers about onsen use...
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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