7 Best Onsens and Baths in Tokyo

Chill out, Japanese style, at these amazing spa and bathhouses in the Japanese capital

Going to an onsen or a public bathhouse is a quintessentially Japanese experience. Onsen waters are natural and volcanic, pumped up from the ground, while bathhouse waters are simply reheated. Whichever place you go to, you'll leave feeling rejuvenated and refreshed. Here are a small handful of places to get wet.

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Heiwajima Onsen

Located in southern Tokyo and not far from Haneda Aiport, Heiwajima is perfect for a long layover or before you have a long-haul flight. This 24-hour onsen offers nine different baths of varying temperatures, plus a relaxation room with TVs.

Heiwajima
INside the Heiwajima Onsen. Heiwajima

Myojin no Yu (Oyata Onsen)

This neighborhood onsen and bath in northeastern Tokyo has indoor and outdoor baths, a sauna with a TV in it!) and baths made of stone and cypress as well as baths of varying temperatures. The highly iron-rich water here works its magic on the sore joints and muscles.

Myojin no Yu (Oyata Onsen)
The exterior of Myojin no Yu (Oyata Onsen) is as peaceful as the interior. Myojin no Yu Oyata Onsen

Oedo Onsen Monogatari

Paradise for the onsen and spa lover, Oedo is like a Japanese wellness retreat. Six different baths, including one in which you lie supine, make this a serious water world. But that's not all: you can have your fortune read, drink and eat at the on-site restaurants, and even spend the night in a room. There's also a place to stick your feet in a tub and let fish eat calluses and unpleasant things off your skin.

Oedo Onsen Monogatari
Oedo Onsen Monogatari

Sakaeyu

Just a few minutes' walk from the Sasatsuka station, this onsen is a simple but clean and bright place to chill out for a while. The natural hot spring water here is said to be good for skin, making it glow. So expect for the rest of the day for people to ask why you're glowing. There is also a sauna and tub and food and drink are available for purchase.

Saya no Yudokoro

Located in Itabashi, this onsen's open boasts air baths with water coming from deep under the ground. The onsen also sports a steam room and sauna and a restaurant overlooking a garden. Rejuvenation is almost guaranteed here!

Saya no Yudokoro
Saya no Yudokoro

Take no Yu

Famed for its mineral-rich black waters, Take no Yu is worth the trek to Azabu Juban. The water's coffee-lie hue is due to the large amount of peat and volcanic ash buried deep underground here and the onsen claims said waters are a remarkable remedy for bad lower backs and exhaustion. The two baths are heated to 112 and 102 degrees Fahrenheit, respectively.

Utsukushi no Yu

Located in the Tokaido district, Utsukushi is an affordable onsen with enough saunas, tubs, and relaxation rooms to make you feel totally chilled out for a few hours. There's also an above average in-house eatery serving up hearty noodle dishes and other Japanese classics.

Utsukushi no Yu
Utsukushi no Yu
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