Accommodations / Hot Spring Spots in Niigata Area

  • Tsukioka Onsen
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Niigata Shibata-shi Tsukioka Onsen
    A hot spring district which was first developed over 100 years ago and which has long been loved as the retreat of Niigata. The area's beautiful emerald green sulfur springs contain some of the highest mineral concentrations of any spring in the country. Boasting powerful whitening and antibacterial effects, their waters are said to aid recovery from fatigue and promote health in addition to easing skin diseases, cuts, and other ailments. These waters also leave the skin smooth and soft and have long been revered for their beautifying and antiaging properties. The district is home to mixed gender bathing facilities, hot spring inns, and hand- and footbaths and, unusual for an area with sulfur springs, hot spring water drinking facilities, and this hot spring village also bears the self-imposed title of the worst-tasting hot spring in Japan.
  • Yahiko Sakuraikyo Onsen Sakura no Yu
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Nigata Pref. Nishikambaragunyahikomura Fumoto 1970
    The Yahiko Sakurai-go Onsen Sakura Hot Springs are 100% natural hot springs perfect for day trips. You can enjoy a wide variety of baths, from outdoor baths, tub baths, lie-in baths, waist-deep baths, saunas, foot baths, and rock baths. There are 4 options for women’s yukata (robe), so you have a choice. The restaurant has a great selection of dishes that kids and adults are sure to love. Approximately 35 minutes by car via Sanyo Tsubame Interchange on the Hokuriku Expressway.
  • Tahou Onsen Dairo no Yu
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Nigata Pref. Nigatashi Nishikan-ku Ishize 3250
    Unusual for a day-trip onsen, there are three different quality springs you can enjoy at Tahou Onsen Dairo no Yu: the spring for beautifying skin, the spring that softens keratin and is gentle on skin, and the healing spring that wipes away fatigue. The entire facility creates healing space, as you can see a Japanese garden from every room in the main building, and you can see the grand Mr. Tahouzan from the annex. About 20 minutes by car via Makikata-higashi Interchange on the Hokuriku Expressway.
  • Tsubame Onsen
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Niigata Myoko-shi Sekiyama
    A hot spring district located at the entrance to a trailhead leading up Mt. Myoko is known for the milky white waters of its springs. The district encompasses two free open air baths, however, they are not open in winter; from spring through fall, many visitors come here to enjoy a hot spring bath while taking in the area's gorgeous seasonal natural beauty. According to legend, the area's waters were discovered by the great priest Kobo Daishi, and of the seven hot spring districts which make up the Myoko Kogen Onsenkyo, this one is the oldest. The waters of the district's sulfur springs are said to treat such ailments as nerve pain, rheumatism, women's diseases, gastrointestinal disorders, skin diseases, and hemorrhoids. In ancient times, the area's waters were used exclusively for curative purposes and their quality is superb. Situated along deep inside the ravine carved out by the Otagiri River, the Kawara no Yu bath is known for its spectacular scenery, while the open and airy Ogon no Yu commands a view of Mt. Myoko; between these two open air baths, the Kawara no Yu is mixed gender.
  • Taikanso Senami no Yu
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Nigata Pref. Murakamishi Senamionsen 2-10-24
    This natural hot springs inn in Murakami City, the northernmost part of Niigata Prefecture, is located 10 minutes from JR Murakami Station via the inn's free shuttle bus. The inn, which is located on the water's edge, offers guest rooms with great views of the sunset and baths from which guests can enjoy the seasonal faces of the Sea of Japan. Enjoy the waters of Senami Onsen to your heart's content in their scenic Japanese cypress baths, fed with spring water straight from the source, or in their large public baths. The inn offers flavorful seasonal cuisine made with ingredients sourced in Niigata, including seafood from the Sea of Japan, premium Murakami-gyu beef, and Koshihikari rice grown in Iwafune. The inn also offers day trip packages for people who wish to enjoy the hot springs and cuisine without staying overnight.
  • Bijin no Izumi
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Niigata Shibata-shi Tsukioka 403-8
    This public bathhouse is located in Tsukioka Onsen, a hot spring district famed for the skin beautifying properties of its waters. Standing between the Tsukioka Onsen Post Office and the Tsukioka Community Center, here customers can enjoy the waters of a sulfur spring boasting the best mineral content in the country. The waters of this mildly alkaline hypotonic high temperature spring are an emerald green so beautiful, you’d think the bathhouse had added artificial bath salts if you didn’t know better. Gentle on the skin, they are also acclaimed for their powerful moisturizing effect. Further, they are said to treat such ailments as atopic dermatitis and chronic eczema, and not just tourists staying in the area but also many locals make their way to this popular bathhouse.
  • Echigo Kawaguchi Onsen
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Nigata Pref. Nagaokashi Kawaguchinakayama 2515-3
    Echigo Kawaguchi Onsen is a hot spring facility for day use in the city of Nagaoka, Niigata Prefecture. It boasts a splendid view of the Shinano River and the mystical three great mountains of Echigo. The water has a high level of osmotic pressure, so the natural spring water components beneficial for the skin are easily absorbed. The outdoor scenic bath, filled with brownish spring water, is a place where customers can bathe while breathing in pure, natural air. Inside are reclining baths, baths with flowing water, electric baths, and saunas. The building also contains a lounge with a scenic view, an exercise room, and a restaurant.
  • Fukuju Hot Spring Jonnobikan
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Nigata Pref. Nigatashi Nishikan-ku Fukui 4067
    This hot spring in Fukui, Nishikan Ward Niigata City is well-known for their fireflies. Come enjoy the western style Heike baths or the Japanese style Genji baths. There is also a huge 117 tatami mat sized banquet hall as well as massage and relaxing rooms. Located near the entry to the hiking trail going up Mt Kakudayama this is the perfect place for those tired and sore after hiking. During the summer you can view the fireflies in the nearby Firefly Village Park, and with the bath house being near the sea just off National Route 460 it's easy to drop in after a day at the beach.
  • Kaikake Onsen Hot Springs
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Nigata Pref. Minamiuonumagunyuzawamachi Mitsumata 686
    This hot spring inn, which also allows day trip bathing, is located 800 meters up in the mountains. The hot springs, which were discovered seven centuries ago by the monk Shirakumo, are famous for being one of the country's few hot springs said to relieve eye ailments. The secluded single-building inn was known to have been a favorite hot spring of the warlord Uesugi Kenshin. Bathers enjoying the elegant stone open-air baths can hear the sound of the wind moving through the trees and of water running in the clear streams. The baths also offer a great view of the starry night sky. The chloride spring waters are said to provide relief for cataracts, fundus hemorrhage, dry eye, and other eye ailments. The slightly lukewarm baths, fed entirely with spring water straight from the source, make them a good choice for a nice long bath. Bathers can also wash the eyes with the hot spring water just from sprue.
  • Casui Akiha Spa
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Nigata Pref. Nigatashi Akiha-ku Kusouzuchou 1-4-5
    This hot spring is a mere 30 seconds on foot from the Ban'etsu West Line's Higashi-Niitsu Station. Located at the foot of Mt. Akiha, this day trip hot spring is reminiscent of southern Europe. It is a weak alkaline sodium-chloride spring, which is said to be effective for chronic skin disease, infirmness in children, chronic gynecological disorders, and the like. The luxurious spring water clings to the skin and the abundance of hydrogen carbonate ion has a smoothing effect. There are also many relaxation facilities within the spa, such as restaurants, cafes, beauty salons and healing rooms.
  • Cave D'Occi Vinespa
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Nigata Pref. Nigatashi Nishikan-ku Kakudahama 1661
    This day-trip hot spring bathing facility is located in the Cave D'Occi Winery in Nishikan, Niigata. From both the men's and women's outdoor and indoor baths you can look over the splendor of Mt. Kakudayama, Mt. Awagatake, and Mt. Makihata of the Echigo Mountain Range with the winery's vineyards at your back. With advance reservation you can reserve the Garden Spa, a private building in the vineyards surrounded by roses and other seasonal flowers. For women, try the Aromatherapy Stone Sauna, where you can relax in an Aveda Chakra Balancing Mist that changes day to day and will help bring a feeling of harmony.
  • Yu-Park Yakushi
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Niigata Uonuma-shi Nanokaichishinden 643-1
    A day-use hot spring bathhouse located a five-minute drive from the Koide Interchange on the Kan-Etsu Expressway. The bathhouse has two bathing areas with a variety of facilities for customers to enjoy, including an outdoor bath, air bubble bath, and cascade bath; which area is the men’s and which the women’s alternates on a daily basis. Customers rave that the waters of the bathhouse’mildly alkalinehypotonicsimple hot spring warm you to the core, and they are said to treat a variety of cold-induced ailments, including nerve pain, muscle soreness, joint stiffness, and fatigue. The bathhouse’ restaurant offers an array of family-oriented dishes; the soba noodles, made with flour from crops grown right on the ski slope visible from the bathing area windows, are particularly popular.
  • Senju Onsen, Sennen no Yu
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Nigata Pref. Tokamachishi Minakuchizawa 121-7
    Senju Onsen is a hot spring facility for day use located in Minakuchizawa in the city of Tokamachi, Niigata Prefecture. It features tea-colored spring-fed water with weak alkalinity that is said to be beneficial for the skin. It has bathing areas permeated with the soothing scent of cypress, bath tubs made of Shinano River’s cobblestones, and a spacious outdoor bath. A popular spot for local people, it also has a large salon and lounge and a restaurant that serves a varied menu, including ramen, soba, set meals, and sushi.
  • Akakura Hot Springs Ashiyu (foot bath) Park
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Nigata Pref. Myoukoushi Akakura Hot spring 585-1
    This is a spa town which is located in the mountainside of “Mt. Myoko” in Myoko City, Niigata Prefecture, which prospered from the Edo period as a province managed hot spring. It has been famous as a ski resort since the Meiji era, and there are a number of well-known ski resorts such as “Akakura Onsen Ski Resort” nearby. Akakura hot spring is a combination of two spring types, and is a valuable famous spring called “spring of beautiful skin,” and “natural skin lotion.” “Akakura hot spring footbath park” is located on the edge of the Akakura hot spring township, and in the park there are large and small footbaths that anyone can use free of charge.
  • Matsuyama Hot Spring Center, Taka no Yu
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Nigata Pref. Tokamachishi Matsunoyamayumoto 18-1
    To reach this municipal hot spring center take the bus from Matsudai Station on the Hokuetsu Express Hokuhoku Line for 25 minutes and get off at the Matsu-no-Yama Onsen bus stop. Both indoor and outdoor baths are available. Matsunoyama Onsen is counted as one of Echigo's top three most famous hot springs and draws its water from one of seven wellsprings. The spring is known to have a strong medical benefit and due to its high salinity, you won't feel a chill after leaving the baths even in the winter. The spring contains both sulfur and calcium chloride and is said to have the highest content of boric acid in Japan.
  • Fureai Park Temari-no-Yu
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Nigata Pref. Tsubameshi Choushin 7550-3
    This hot spring recreation center is located in the Roadside Station Kugami with a very reasonable entrance fee. After 5 p.m. the fee drops even further drawing many families to the baths. The entrance fee also includes towel rental making this a great place to come and bathe empty handed. There's a large hall that you can relax in for free and pre-booked bento lunches are available. Located at the foot of Mt. Kugamiyama during the fall season you get a great view of the autumn colors from the outdoor baths. Check out Shuten-doji's spring, a free foot bath which is the perfect place to stop after hiking on Mt. Kugamiyama.
  • Yuzawa Health Land
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Nigata Pref. Minamiuonumagunyuzawamachi Yuzawa 1022-1
    This day bathing facility adjacent to Yuzawa Nishikigoi Land is a great place for a bath without needing to make a reservation or bring your own soap or towels. A selection of nap rooms means it can be used as a lodging facility by late-night guests. Indoor and open-air baths, saunas, and cold-water baths are available for both genders. The indoor baths feature natural radium ore hot springs said to have a detoxifying effect. Food can be ordered in the banquet room, which guests can use as a place to rest. Their food options include their kaisendon (fresh seafood served on rice), a selection of set meals, and snacks. Set breakfasts are also available from 8:00 a.m. In addition to their mixed-gender nap rooms, which are equipped with sleeping mats, blankets, and pillows, there is also a napping room just for women.
  • Akakura Onsen Hotel Taiko
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Nigata Pref. Myoukoushi Akakura Hot spring 402
    This hotel is located at the foot of Mt. Myoko, one of Japan's top 100 mountains. Guest rooms on the western side of the building have scenic views of Mt. Kurohome and the starry sky over the highlands. Rooms on the eastern side have views of the various seasonal visages of the Myoko highland. Akakura Onsen's scenic baths are fed with spring water containing sulfate and bicarbonate straight from the source. Bathers can enjoy a panoramic view of Mt. Myoko while enjoying the onsen's famous waters whether they are staying overnight or taking a day trip. The hotel offers Japanese full-course meals made with the fruits of the land and the sea. Their healthy ladies set meals are a popular choice for female guests.
  • House of Light
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Nigata Pref. Tokamachishi Ueno Kou 2891
    "This lodge was designed by the artist James Turrell. It was inspired by Junichiro Tanizaki's ""In Praise of Shadows"" and installed for the Echigo-Tsumari Art Field's 2000 Triennale. The wooden building incorporates plenty of Japanese elements and has a large front staircase. You can book overnight stays on their website, take tours of the facility, or use the rooms for daytime conferences and events. "
  • Kinare Akashi no Yu
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Nigata Pref. Tokamachishi Honchou 6-1-71-2
    This complex facility is located adjacent to Cross-ten Tokamachi Roadside Station, and is host to the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial festival, which is held once every three years. Inside the complex are facilities such as an art museum, a day-use hot spring called Akashi-no-Yu and a community FM station called FM-Tokamachi. The first floor is used as a venue for events such as Tokamachi Tezukuri City and is also often used for local community events.

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Found along the northwestern coast of Japan, Niigata prefecture is celebrated for its high-quality rice and breathtaking nature, most notably its spectacular mountains, whose white peaks draw in snow sports lovers from far and wide over the winter months. Hit the slopes at Yuzawa, pick out your favourite modern artist at Echigo Tsumari, or take a ferry over to Sado Island for an extra adventure.

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