5 FAMOUS ONSEN REGIONS IN SHIZUOKA

From Izu Peninsula to the shores of Lake Hamana in Hamamatsu there are a wide variety of Japanese Hot Spring towns to enjoy in Shizuoka.

5 ONSEN DESTINATIONS IN SHIZUOKA

 One of the most unique and pleasurable experiences you can have in Japan is soaking in a traditional Hot Spring.

Shizuoka is blessed with many onsen areas that have been popular with weary travelers for centuries.

Here are 5 Famous Onsen destinations in Shizuoka to help you relax… 

 1. KAWAZU – ATAMI STATION

In early February thousands of visitors flock to the small coastal town of Kawazu in Izu Peninsula to enjoy the early blossoming ‘Kawazu Zakura’ cherry blossoms.

As with many areas on the Izu Peninsula Kawazu is also blessed with a steady supply of hot spring water.

A short bus ride from Kawazu Station are the famous Nanadaru 7 Waterfall area where you can enjoy one of the only ‘waterfall onsen’ in Japan.

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2. SHUZENJI – MISHIMA STATION

The Hot Spring water in the small town of Shuzenji in Izu City is said to have been discovered by the famous Buddhist monk Kobo Daishi.

Today the Tokko-no-Yu spring is a centerpiece of Shuzenji located at the spot that Kobo Daishi struck a rock with his Tokko (Buddhist ritual tool) to produce the onsen water more than 1,200 years ago.

Shuzenji hot spring town retains a mystical aura today and it epitomizes the classic Japanese Onsen town.

Shuzenji has remained as a place of sanctuary that people have been coming to for many years to relax, reflect and recharge.

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REFRESH

For centuries weary travelers have been stopping in Shizuoka Prefecture looking to refresh and recharge as they make their way along the Old Tokaido Highway. 

Today is no different and if you are looking for somewhere to escape and take a few days to refresh there are many options. 

ATAMI STATION

Atami Onsen was not on the Tokaido Highway but the area became popular with Tokyoites as it is one of the most easily accessible traditional Japanese Onsen towns from the capital city and offers respite with ryokan and ocean view hot springs.

MISHIMA STATION

For more than 1,000 years Shuzenji Onsen has provided refuge for people looking to escape from the stress of everyday life, refresh and recharge enjoying traditional Japanese hospitality.

However, if retail therapy or a round of golf is your idea of an ideal escape in order to refresh head to Gotemba and enjoy one of the 20+ golf courses or hit the shops at Japan's most popular outlet mall - all with the Majestic Mt Fuji as your backdrop. More...

HAMAMATSU STATION

Kanzanji Onsen area on the shores of Lake Hamana has been a favourite destination for decades and is an ideal location to refresh - roof top hot springs, amazing sunsets, lake activities, flower garden boat cruises, golf and zen temples. More...

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3. ATAMI ONSEN – ATAMI STATION

Atami could possibly boast that it is the most easily accessible traditional Onsen town from Tokyo.

Just 45 minutes from Tokyo Station visitors can settle into a Hot Spring resort hotel hot spring with expansive views of the ocean or wander around the town enjoying the onsen town atmosphere.

Because of Atami’s location on the coast you can be sure that you will be able to enjoy the freshest seafood that Izu Peninsula has to offer.  LEARN MORE.

4. KANZANJI – HAMAMATSU STATION

The influence of Kobo Daishi can also be felt in the Lakeside hot spring town of Kanzanji in Hamamatsu.

Located on the East Coast of Lake Hamana, Kanzanji is easily accessible from Hamamatsu station and boasts a number of Hot Spring resort hotels that offer stunning sunset lake views.

There are also a number of great experiences on and around Lake Hamana that make this a great getaway for all ages.

5. GOTEMBA – MISHIMA STATION

Many visitors to Japan will be familiar with Gotemba as it has become famous for its Premium Outlet Mall located at the foot of Mt Fuji.

However not so many would be aware that Gotemba has some fantastic Onsen options also – and soaking in an outdoor bath with views of Mt Fuji is about as Japanese as you can get!

Check out the family friendly Gotemba Kogen Resort or the newly built Hotel Clad to make all of your Mt Fuji Onsen dreams come true – LEARN MORE.

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