A place to reflect and relax
The Onsen tradition in Japan has been around for thousands of years and the natural hot spring water is full of distinctive minerals to rejuvenate your body and mind. Originally, onsens were mixed (male & female) but you’ll find that most onsens these days are segregated. Some also offer private bathing for families.
A stay in a hot spring ryokan is highly recommended for a truly authentic Japanese experience on your holiday.
There are onsens where you can visit just for the day and others are part of traditional Japanese style hotels, called ryokans. A stay in a hot spring ryokan is highly recommended for a truly authentic Japanese experience on your holiday. Many ski resorts in Japan are also onsen (hot spring) resorts, hence the popular Japanese ritual of Ski and Soak. Soaking in an onsen to relax tired muscles after an exhilarating day on the slopes makes the Japanese skiing experience unforgettable. The Tohoku region in particular offers many amazing ski and soak experiences in beautiful, less traveled countryside. Ask your Japan Holidays consultant for recommendations!
It is understandable that westerners often feel nervous to bath naked with strangers, especially the first time but rest assured the Japanese have no issue stripping off and soaking up the hot spring benefits. There is a certain etiquette that must be followed to avoid embarrassing moments so please take a look a the video below to ensure that your first onsen experience is memorable for all the right reasons!