Vegetarian's Japan Guide

Onsen/Hot Spring


The Top 10 Places to Visit or Stay in Sakunami Onsen

Besides the famous Akiu Onsen, if you are looking to enjoy a hot spring session in Sendai, Sakunami Onsen (作並温泉) is another great option to consider. Although the hot spring town has less exciting things to see and do, the weakly alkaline onsen is gentle on the skin and is nicknamed the Beauty-Making Onsen (美女づくりの湯)!


Shirahone Onsen: One of the Best Onsen Resorts in Matsumoto

Surrounded by mountains, Matsumoto City has a wealth of hot spring sources. Among them, Shirahone Onsen (白骨温泉) tops the list with its picturesque natural scenery and cultural elements. Putting its somewhat scary name aside, you will surely be enchanted by the onsen town’s charm!


Jigokudani Monkey Park – Where Snow Monkeys Indulge in Onsen

Jigokudani Monkey Park, also known as the Jigokudani Yaen Kōen (地獄谷野猿公苑) in Nagano Prefecture, is the world’s only wild monkey onsen resort. The park, established in 1964, enables people to observe the snow monkeys’ ecology up close.


Yamashiro Onsen – An Onsen Town Where Kutani Ware Revived

Yamashiro Onsen (山代温泉), the biggest onsen town in the Kaga region, is a popular hot spring destination for onsen aficionados. With facilities providing different types of onsen, tourists often spend most of their stay in Yamashiro Onsen, indulging themselves in one onsen pool after another.