Hot Spring / Hot Spring Ryokan 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Katsura no Seki Hot Spring Yumu
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Nigata Pref. Iwafunegunsekikawamura Shimoseki 1307-11
    This is a day-trip bathing facility located in “Sekikawa Roadside Station” in Sekikawa Village, Iwafune, Niigata Prefecture. It is a spot where visitors can casually stop by on a drive or trip to enjoy the Katsura no Seki Onsen, which was the fifth hot spring to be opened in the village. In the large bathing area there is a large inside bath, a jet spa bath, and an outdoor bath where you can enjoy a hot spring bath in the fresh air. For a break after your bath, there is a room called the “Interaction Hall” with a sunken fireplace and benches, the relax room, or a room with a tatami floor. There is also a karaoke room with a large screen.
  • Osaki Onsen Yukiwariso no Yu
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Niigata Kashiwazaki-shi Nishiyamacho Osaki 1190
    A day-use hot spring bathhouse which commands a view of the Sea of Japan. Here customers can soak in a spacious, clean and hygienic tub filled with the iron-rich waters of a hypertonic mildly alkaline cold mineral spring. Notable for their pale yellow color and smooth texture, these waters also contain an abundance of heat radiating bicarbonate ions, and customers rave that even after sitting in them for long periods, they don’t experience heat-induced dizziness. Customers can take in a view of the azure Sea of Japan and the sun setting on the ocean not only from the bathhouse’ outdoor bath but also the indoor bathing area. Adjoining Osaki Yukiwariso-no-Sato, an area where many Primula modesta grow, many customers stop by this bathhouse after viewing the flowers.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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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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