September 8, 2017
The 10 Best Hot Springs (Onsen) You Must Visit in Nara, Japan
Nara is famous for accommodating many great sightseeing spots like Todaiji and Nara Zoo, and it is famous as well for accommodating many great hot springs (onsen) facilities. Among many of them, we have picked 10 different onsen facilities in Nara that are definitely worth to visit for its nice onsen baths and great hospitalities!
1. Soni Kogen Onsen Okame-no-yu
Soni Kogen is an onsen facility located within 50-minute drive from Kintetsu Osaka Line Nabari Station. Soni Kogen offers not just onsen baths, but also onsen foot bath, restaurants, and bread shop as well.
Equipped with complete amenities such as 2 in 1 shampoo & conditioner, body soap, and towel, you can enjoy an ultimate onsen experience with no hassles at Soni Kogen.
Soni Kogen offers great panorama of the Mt. Kabuto, Mt. Yoroi, and Soni Takahara that can be seen from its great open-air bath!
Name: Soni Kogen Onsen Okame-no-yu
Address: 839 Taroji, Sonimura, Uda-gun, Nara
Close on Wednesdays
Access: 45 minutes bus ride from Nabari Station
Map: Map to Soni Kogen Onsen Okame-no-yu
Kamiyusou is one of the most famous onsen hotel in Nara located in Totsukawamura, Kii Peninsula. Famous for its natural and fresh alkaline spring, Kamiyusou offers not just great onsen baths, but also the scenic view of the nature from its magnificent open-air bath as well!
The price of the room starts at JPY 15,000 per night, and you will get complimentary coffee jelly and handmade Japanese sweets as well.
You can also enjoy eating many delicious Japanese food and Nara’s local food at this hotel as well!
Address: 220 Totsukawamura, Yoshino-gun, Nara
Access: Within 10-minute taxi ride from Totsukawa Onsen
Map: Map to Kamiyusou
Hounoya was registered as World Heritage Site in 2004, and you can enjoy an onsen day trip for just JPY 1,500 at Hounoya!
Located inside the Nakasenbon Park of Mount Yoshino, Hounoya is famous as great Sakura and Fall Foliage spots as well. You can enjoy the beautiful view of sakura flowers and the autumn leaves from its tremendous open-air bath.
If you’re staying at Hounoya, you can try Yoshino’s local foods such as Botan Nabe as well. Equipped with complete amenities like shampoo, conditioner, body soap, and towel, you can enjoy a great relaxation time at Hounoya hassles freely!
Name: Yumoto Hounoya
Address: Nakasenbon Park, Mt. Yoshino, Yoshinocho, Yoshino-gun, Nara
Access: Within 20-minute walk from Sanjou Station
Map: Map to Yumoto Hounoya
Yamabatoyu is located within 20-minute drive from Yamato Kami-ichi Station, and it is famous for its great open-air bath and public bath, which are made from Keyaki trees and Pine trees.
Yamabatoyu’s onsen is very good for your health, especially if you have stiff shoulders, nerve pain, and gynecological problems. You can still enjoy relaxing at the onsen even if you’re not staying at Yamabatoyu, as the onsen is open for public from 10:00 to 16:00!
If you’re staying at Yamabatoyu, you will be able to eat wonderful meals at this hotel, which consists fresh local fish, vegetables, and poultry products as well!
Address: Shionoha, Kawakamimura, Yoshino-gun, Nara
Access: Within 20-minute drive from Yamato Kami-ichi Station
Map: Map to Yamabatoyu
Kadojin is located within 90-minute drive from Shimoichiguchi Station, and with more than 330 years of history, Kadojin is very famous among both the locals and the tourists as well!
The onsen at Kadojin is very good for your health, a it helps relieving nerve pain, fatigue, and stiff shoulders as well. Kadojin is also equipped with herbal bath and ultrasonic wave jet bath as well, so you can enjoy having an ultimate relaxation at Kadojin.
Among all guest rooms, there are two rooms that are equipped with private open-air bath, where you can enjoy watching the scenic view of the nature while soaking your body in a warm onsen bath! Kadojin also offers many delicious local cuisines in its Kaiseki dinner course!
Address: 240 Dorogawa, Tenkawamura, Yoshino-gun, Nara
Map: Map to Kadojin
6. Chikurin Gunshoen
Chikurin is located within 25-minute walk fro Yoshino Station, and it is one of the most famous ryokan in Japan.
Chikurin is famous for its wide varieties of hot spring baths, and you can enjoy watching the scenic view of Gunpoen while soaking your body in Chikurin’s awesome open-air bath.
Some of the rooms are equipped with open-air bath as well, and guests can enjoy the breathtaking view of Gunpoen while relaxing in the bath. In addition to its wonderful facilities, Chikurin also serves exceptional meals using selected local ingredients only!
Name: Chikurin Gunshoen
Address: 2142 Yoshinoyama, Yoshinocho, Yoshino-gun, Nara
Access: Within 25-minute walk from Yoshino Station
Map: Map to Chikurin Gunshoen
At Sansui, you can enjoy not just great onsen, but also delicious meals as well!
Located within 300 meters away from the hot springs sources, Sansui’s onsen baths use only the freshest onsen water only. The hot springs at Sansui is good for your health as it helps you promoting healthy blood circulation and maintaining healthy skin as well!
Address: 946 Hiratani, Totsukawamura, Yoshino-gun, Nara
Map: Map to Sansui
8. Super Hotel Nara Yamato-koriyama
Super Hotel is a chain business hotel in Japan, and Super Hotel Nara Yamato-gun is famous for its great onsen facility.
Available at very low rate, you can stay at Super Hotel for JPY 4,600 to JPY 5,600 per night, with breakfast service included. The hotel is also equipped with natural hot springs, so you can enjoy relaxing yourself in the bath while staying at this hotel!
Name: Super Hotel Nara Yamato-koriyama
Address: 205-1 Sugicho, Yamatokoriyama-shi, Nara
Access: Direct connection from Nara Station East Gate
Map: Map to Super Hotel Nara Yamato-koriyama
Kamokimi-no-yu is located within 16-minute drive from JR Yoshinoguchi Station, and guests can enjoy many different onsen baths at decent price in this facility.
From herb bath to open-air bath, you can enjoy an ultimate relaxation at Kamokimi-no-yu for JPY 600 (for adults, JPY 300 for children under 12 years old) only!
Kamokimi-no-yu also accommodates dining facilities as well, so you can try Nara’s local food at Kamokimi-no-yu as well!
Address: 333 Iuka, Gose-shi, Nara
Business Hours: 10:00-23:00
Open throughout the year
Access: Take the bus from Gose Station and get off at Kamokiminoyu stop
Map: Map to Kamokimi-no-yu
Niji-no-yu is one of the most famous onsen in Sasayuridai area. The hot springs at Niji-no-yu support your health by relieving the pain nerve and promoting the blood circulation.
Niji-no-yu is very affordable; adults can enjoy a day spa program at this facility for JPY 700. Elementary school students can enter this facility by paying JPY 350 and kids younger than 6 years old need to pay JPY 100 only to enjoy everything.
Niji-no-yu also offers body care, hair care, and facial care programs to the guests, and if they’re hungry, they can try the local cuisines of Nara at the restaurant as well!
Address: 3-1-1 Sasayuridai, Kanmakicho, Kitakatsuragigun, Nara
Open throughout the year
Map: Map to Niji-no-yu
Let’s Enjoy Best Hot Springs (Onsen) in Nara!
Nara is not only famous for its great sightseeing spots like Todaiji and Nara Zoo, but the prefecture is also famous for accommodating many great onsen facilities as well. Today we’ve listed up several onsen facilities and ryokan that you can try when visiting Nara. Available at reasonable price, why don’t you rejuvenate yourself by soaking your body at one of these onsen facilities?