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The Best Hot Spring Theme Parks

Recently in Japan, hot spring theme parks have been attracting more attention. The reason for this is that it is only a day trip from nearby metropolitan areas, such as Tokyo and Osaka. Each facility has become popular due to their unique planning and style.

Here are some popular hot spring theme parks that have been attracting attention even outside Japan.

Ooedo Onsen Monogatari

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This groundbreaking facility opened in 2003 as Japan’s first hot spring theme park. It is built near the sightseeing spot Odaiba and attracts many tourists from abroad and foreigners who live in Japan.

Address:2-6-3 Aomi, Koto-ku, Tokyo
Website (in English)

Katsuura Hotel Mikazuki

This hotel overlooks Katsuura Bay; from the Sky Spa hot spring on the 8th floor you can see fishing ports and the blue ocean. On the 6th floor there is an action spa, which has many types of baths and saunas, so you can enjoy bathing without ever getting bored of this place.

Address:820 Tona, Katsuura City, Chiba
Website (in Japanese) 

Ryugujo Spa - Mikazuki Hotel


The “Ryugujo Spa - Mikazuki Hotel” is part of the same series of hotels as the Katsuura Hotel Mikazuki, and is also very popular. The location is Kisarazu, with excellent access from the Tokyo metropolitan area. In addition, there is an indoor hot spring, and various events are held, such as a laser light show.

Address:1 Kitahama-cho, Kisarazu-shi Chiba
Website (in Japanese) 

Hakone Kowakien Yunessun


This is a popular hot springs resort and water amusement park in Hakone, which is representative of Japan resorts. Exotic hot spring baths have been prepared for you to enjoy all day, such as a wine bath and green tea bath.

Address:1297 Ninotaira, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa
Website (in Japanese)

Spa World - Hot Springs From Around the World

This is a spa resort in Osaka with many baths and a huge pool. There are 16 types of hot springs from 11 countries around the world, such as ancient Roman baths and Bali baths which give a resort feeling. There are many baths, such as the “World Bedrock Bath”, and 8 bedrock baths from different countries. Enjoy feeling like you are traveling on a world tour while in Japan.

Address:3-4-24 Ebisu-higashi Naniwa-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
Website (in English)

Spa Resort Hawaiians


This resort spa is directly connected to Hotel Hawaiians and lets you enjoy the tropical Hawaiian feeling all year round while indoors. At this hot spring amusement park you can experience Hawaii and hula dancing together with hot springs.

Address:50, Warabidaira, Fujiwaramachi, Joban, Iwaki-shi, Fukushima
Website (in English)

What do you think? Some people are hesitant to go into a full-fledged Japanese hot spring with strangers, but you will feel at ease because it is just like entering a swimming pool. Hot spring theme parks are recommended as a first step to experience Japanese hot spring culture.

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