Accommodations / Hot Spring Spots in Niigata Area

  • Minshuku Takayama
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Niigata Sado-shi Shukunegi 322
    A guesthouse tucked away in Shukunegi, a town with a concentration of boatbuilders that formed during the 17th century as the Sado goldmine flourished. In the maze-like alleys behind the Shukunegi post office you can find all sorts of goods from fresh turban shells and abalone to the local specialty of handmade soba noodles. They serve fresh seafood caught by hand using traditional fishing techniques and tub-shaped boats. The guesthouse is located near to Ogi Kaichu Park which is known for its crystal-clear waters making this a great base point for those interested in swimming. A common sight is fellow guests sitting in the lounge around the sunken hearth enjoying the inn's original label of sake and partaking in conversation.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. "
  • Kamo Bijin no Yu
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Nigata Pref. Kamoshi Miyayorikami 13-1
    This day-trip hot spring bathhouse is located in Kamo City, Niigata Prefecture. It is a hydrogen carbonate spring, and is said to be effective for relieving muscle soreness and aid recovery from fatigue. There are a variety of different baths, including outside baths, bubble baths, whirlpool baths and family baths. In addition, there is a free shuttle bus service to the JR Kamo Station, which is visited by many people.
  • 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.
  • Naeba Onsen Yukisasa no Yu
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Nigata Pref. Minamiuonumagunyuzawamachi Mikuni 355
    This hot spring facility is located along the Mikuni Highway in Mikuni, Yuzawa Town, Minamiuonuma County. The natural spring water contains a lot of iron, and changes the water to a cloudy brown color when exposed to air. In the winter, both outdoor baths and indoor baths are available, where visitors can enjoy the snow, as well as a cafeteria, rest space and private rooms. Additionally, there are footbaths located outside the facility, as well as special pet footbaths which can be used (except in the winter) free of charge.
  • Kaido no Yu
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Nigata Pref. Minamiuonumagunyuzawamachi Mitsumata 1021
    This public hot spring bathhouse is located adjacent to Roadside Station Mitsumata, along the Mikuni Highway, in Mitsumata, Yuzawa Town, Minamiuonuma Coounty. The simple alkaline hot spring water used is effective for illnesses such as nerve pain, muscle soreness, hemorrhoids and sensitivity to cold. It has an outodoor bath with natural views, as well as a stone indoor bath, which are convenient because they can easily be used while visiting the roadside station.
  • Kozanso
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Niigata Uonuma-shi
    A hot spring inn deep within the Okutadami Mountains in an area that flourished as a silver mining town during the Edo period. Drop in and have a soak in the Ginzandaira Onsen where many mountains climbers gather. The Shirogane no Yu day-use hot spring bathhouse is built to resemble a log cabin and sports a simple alkaline hot spring with the pH level of 8. 7. Said to promote skin health and cause little irritation the bath is known as a great bath for families that anyone from children to the elderly can use without hesitation. Lots of people travel great distances to try the Ginzan Soba, still made using the same technique with mountain burdock leaves as a thickener.
  • Camping Park Kamiyu Onsen
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Niigata Uonuma-shi Kiyomoto 583
    A campground adjoining the Kamiyu to Fureai no Satoday-use hot spring bathhouse. Facilities include a spacious grass field, trailer houses, tent houses, and tent sites. The large, domed tent houses are made in the USA and can accommodate four people. Replete with sofa beds, heating and cooling, a barbecue grill, and electrical outlets, customers rave they make enjoying the great outdoors a breeze. The campground also offers a full array of rental equipment, including tents, tarps, gas lanterns, and sleeping bags.
  • Kurtherme Sado, Hamochi Onsen
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Niigata Sado-shi Hamochi Iioka 170-1
    A day-use bathhouse at Hamochi Onsen where the tubs' hot spring source is changed every day. Kurtherme means “Recreational Hot Spring” in German, and the facility's natural hot spring flows freely from the source. It's a hypotonic alkaline simple hot spring and the water's relatively low temperature at 34 degrees Celsius. As such, you don't get dizzy from staying in for extended periods. People like it for the variety of facilities including a bubbling bath, jet bath, and reclining bath. The Danran-no-Ie multi-purpose break facility is a great place for a free rest after your bath. Rooms can also be reserved for private use by individuals and groups.
  • Yukura Tsumari
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Niigata Tokamachi-shi Imogawa Otsu 3267
    A day-use hot spring bathhouse whose baths are constantly replenished “kakenagashi” style from a source spring and never with re-heated or re-circulated water. Customers can relax and unwind in the bathhouse’ outdoor bath, which boasts an expansive view of the Kiyotsu River terrace. Because the baths are filled directly from the spring, their waters change slightly depending on the season and weather. Because you can experience these natural spring waters completely unprocessed, the bathhouse has many customers hailing from across the prefecture and beyond who come back here again and again. The bathhouse also adjoins the beautiful green lawn of Kiyotsugawa Fresh Park, and many people stop by to take a bath after playing in the river and enjoying a day of sports.
  • Yudokoro Chijimi no Sato
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Niigata Ojiya-shi Hiu Kabuto 1670-1
    A day-use hot spring bathhouse adjoining Roadside Station Chijimi no Sato Ojiya. The bathhouse’ two bathing areas are each replete with a large indoor bath, outdoor bath, sauna, and jacuzzi. The waters of the bathhouse’sodium hydrogen carbonate spring have a viscous texture and are renowned for relieving nerve pain and muscle soreness. The baths are also on the lukewarm side, making it possible to enjoy a truly relaxing, long soak in comfort. Some of the bathhouse’ full array of other facilities includes a large reception hall where meals can be eaten, a movie room with a 120 inch screen, and separate men’s and women’s relaxation rooms.
  • Unohama Ningyokan
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Niigata Joetsu-shi Ogata-ku Kudohama 241-8
    The full-fledged hot spring spa is outfitted with a natural hot spring indoor bath area, outdoor bath, and an array of heated pool facilities. The spa’s two indoor bathing areas, one with a sauna and one with a medicinal herb bath, both command views of the Sea of Japan. Which area is the men’s and which the women’s alternates daily, making it possible even for those only staying a few days in the area to enjoy both. The waters of the bathhouse’mildly alkalinehypertonic low temperature spring are said to treat such ailments as nerve pain, muscle soreness, and chronic digestive diseases. Meanwhile, in the heated pool facility, there’s a 50-meter-long waterslide which can only be used for 15 minutes every hour. Customers rave that the fast and thrilling water slide is just like something from an amusement park.

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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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