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 13 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.
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!
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!
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.
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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