Nyuto-zan in Towada Hachimantai National Park, which is known its beautiful Japanese scenery.Nyuto Onsen-kyo Hot Spring Village spreads over a large area, blessed with natural hot spring waters that flow out from deep underneath the virgin beech forest over the valley.Noboribetsu Grand Hotel - This hotel's attractive and spacious indoor baths feature three different types of hot spring water (sulfur, salt and iron).The main attraction, however, is the outdoor bath that looks onto a beautiful garden with a man made waterfall.For me personally, I don’t really look at rankings per se, but it does gives a good indication of rather good onsen areas or ryokens that could have fallen out of the rankings from the prior years and therefore out of our sight as foreigners that don’t live in Japan.Still, it would be reasonable to book early rather than late for good onsens, as you know, they are popular 🙂 2015 Top Onsen 2015 Top Ryoken Some tips to using and enjoying the Onsen to the fullest before jumping right it 1) Kusatsu Onsen Retaining the Number 1 as the Top Eastern Onsen Town, Kusatsu Onsen is located about 200 kilometers north-northwest of Tokyo, a small town nestled in mountains where visitors can experience nature all year round with only a population of about 7000.Recommended Private Ryokens are: - Shogetsu Grand Hotel - Jozankei Daiichi Suizantei - Spa and Esthetique Suichokan 7) Atami Onsen Atami Onsen's position remains roughly unchanged at #7 in 2016 (it was #5 in 2015).
Recommended Private Ryokens are: - Hotel Sakurai - Naraya - Kusatsu Now Resort Hotel - Kane Midori - Hotel Ichii2) Hakone Onsen Hakone Onsen stays in the second position consecutively as one of the Best Onsen location in Eastern Japan, closest to Japan's highest and most revered mountain, Mt. Hakone is located just one hour by train from Tokyo.
Ikaho Onsen is among one of the four famous hot spring resorts of Gunma Prefecture, the other 3 being Kusatsu, Minakami and Shima Onsen. Two types of predominant onsen is found here: "Kogane no Yu (Golden Water)", in which the iron contained in the water has oxidized to form a distinctive brownish-red color; and "Shirogane no Yu (Silver Water)", whose gushing was only discovered in recent years.
Recommended Private Ryokens are: - Tsukagoshiya - Fukuichi - Joshinnosato Hibikino - Kishigon Ryoken - Tsukagoshiya Kounkan There are also two public hot spring bath houses that are open to day trip visitors: Ikaho Rotemburo and Ishidan no Yu.5) Nozawa Onsen Rising 2 positions with increasing popularity, this beautiful hot spring village dating back to the 8th century is renowned for it’s hot springs and traditional inns since the Edo period.
Top recommended locations: Daiichi Takimotokan - The bright and spacious baths of the Takimotokan are among Japan's best modern indoor hot spring baths, if not the best.
What sets them apart from the rest is not only the number of pools but also the fact that they are fed by as many as seven different hot spring waters, varying in acidity, mineral contents and health benefits.