12 Top-Rated Onsen Towns in Japan

12 Top-Rated Onsen Towns in Japan

Photo courtesy of Nyuto Onsenkyo Ganiba Onsen

You can’t have a trip to Japan complete without visiting an onsen.

If you’ve made it all the way to Japan, you mostly likely want to experience the customs and tradition before leaving, and onsen are a perfect way to do so.

Have you ever heard of an onsen town?

An onsen town is an area with many hotels and traditional Japanese inns (ryokan) all surrounding a hot spring.

For example, we will later go into detail about Kusatsu Onsen, which includes around 170 hotels and ryokans that all supply the natural water from the hot spring that flows through the ground of the town to their guests.
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7 Best Pocket WiFi Rentals with Unlimited Data – Japan Travel 2022

7 Best Pocket WiFi Rentals with Unlimited Data - Japan Travel 2022

Are you planning to make a trip to Japan?

Nowadays, using Google MAP and messaging apps on the daily has become a norm, and you are going to need Pocket WiFi that you can trust to keep you connected while abroad.

However, there are over 30 companies that supply mobile WiFi routers for the purpose of traveling in Japan. To top it all off, they each have their own data limits, prices, pick-up procedures, and battery lives. You might be struggling to choose a good provider.

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15 Best Ryokan with Private Onsen in Hokkaido | Luxury Experiences

15 Best Ryokan with Private Onsen in Hokkaido | Luxury Experiences

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In this article, we will introduce the 15 best ryokan and hotels in Hokkaido with private onsen.

Hokkaido has many hot spring resorts, and there are many ryokan and hotels where you can enjoy private onsen.

We have selected the 15 best ryokans and hotels in Hokkaido based on the following criteria.
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21 Best Ryokan with Private Onsen in Japan 2022 | Private Onsen for Family and Couples

21 Best Ryokan with Private Onsen in Japan 2022 | Private Onsen for Family and Couples

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If you want to experience Japanese culture, the number one essential thing that you must do is enter an onsen.

But most onsen are split between men and women, so couples and families can’t enjoy them together.

On top of that, most people are uncomfortable taking a bath with people that they don’t know.

If you have ever thought about any of these things, you should think about using a private onsen.

Recently, private onsen have become popular among Japanese people, and the number of ryokans with private onsen is on the rise!

There are various types of rooms, including rooms with open-air onsen overlooking the ocean, rooms with open-air onsen surrounded by forests, and rooms with open-air onsen that have picturesque views of Japanese mountain ranges.

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11 Best Mt Fuji Ryokan with Private Onsen in Kawaguchiko Area

11 Best Mt Fuji Ryokan with Private Onsen in Kawaguchiko Area

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In this article, we are going to introduce 11 of the best hotels and ryokan that we recommend in the Mount Fuji and Kawaguchiko area, all with private onsen options.

There are many ryokan with onsen in the Kawaguchiko area, and we have based our recommendations on the following criteria.

  • A view of Mount. Fuji from the private onsen
  • A wide range of prices (from 9,000 JPY to 50,000 JPY per person per night)
  • Hotels and ryokan where you can feel Japanese culture

By reading this article, we hope to help you find a ryokan or hotel with a private onsen that fits your budget.

The view of Mount Fuji while relaxing in an onsen will become your best memory of Japan. You should have a wonderful stay with your partner or your family at these ryokan!
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15 Cheap Ryokan with Private Onsen in Japan

15 Cheap Ryokan with Private Onsen in Japan

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Ryokan with private onsen are generally on the expensive side.

It is not uncommon to spend about 50,000 JPY (about 500 USD) on luxury ryokan when it includes a private onsen.

If you’ve been researching these types of lodges, you might be thinking the following.

“I’m not really looking for all the fancy traditional food, nice beds, or Japanese garden. I just want to experience a private onsen for cheap!”

In this article, we’ll be introducing 15 cost-effective ryokan with private onsen that will fit your needs and be within your budget.
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Kinosaki Onsen Guide: 7 Sotoyu, Ryokans, and Foods

A Travel Guide to Kinosaki Onsen

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In this article, we will be providing a travel guide to Kinosaki Onsen (城崎温泉).

You can expect to read about all the basic information, activities in the area, recommended hotels, and things you need to know before visiting.

Even if you do not know much about onsen, we will be breaking down all the aspects of a good trip, including our recommended travel itinerary.

Let’s get started!

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13 Best Ryokan and Hotels with Private Onsen in Sapporo

13 Best Ryokan and Hotels with Private Onsen in Sapporo

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If you’re going all the way to Sapporo, you definitely should relax in a private onsen while watching the snowfall.

Many people want to spend this quality time with their family and loved ones.

However, Sapporo is a city with huge offices and high-rise buildings. It may be difficult to find a ryokan or hotel where you can enjoy a private onsen!

That’s why the Sakura Mobile Blog Team has researched onsen facilities in and around Sapporo, gathering information from different Japanese sources.

Based on the results from our research, this article will introduce 13 ryokan and hotels with private onsen that are within an hour and a half of Sapporo Station by train or bus that we recommend.

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13 Best Private Onsen in Hakuba | Relax in a hot spring after skiing

13 Best Private Onsen in Hakuba | Relax in a hot spring after skiing

Photo courtesy of Sierra Resort Hotel Hakuba

Are you looking for a private onsen in Hakuba?

In a private onsen, you can relax in warm water without worrying about others. You can relax to your heart’s content!

Private onsen can be used by couples and families, and recently many places are starting to allow tattoos. More and more people are booking private onsen for after skiing these days.

In this article, we will introduce 13 Hakuba hotels and villas with private onsen, and private onsen for day trips.

After a long day of skiing, relieve your fatigue by resting in an onsen.

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15 Best Private Onsen in Kyoto | Luxury Ryokan with Amazing Views

15 Best Private Onsen in Kyoto | Luxury Ryokan with Amazing Views

Kyoto is the area in Japan that many people think of when they imagine Japanese culture and traditions. If you are looking to travel to Kyoto, you will experience all of this through the cityscapes, shops, and restaurants. However, we also think that staying at a ryokan is an indispensable experience.

Bathing in an onsen is a part of Japanese culture that has been alive for thousands of years, but some of us may be hesitant to enter the bath with strangers. Some of us also may have tattoos that prevent us from entering public baths in Japan.

These problems can be solved with a private onsen, a bath that can be rented out, or one that is attached to your room when you make your reservation.
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