Updated: November 27, 2018
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Top 5 Must-Try Onsens in Japan You Must Visit Before You Die!

There are so many wonderful onsen locations in Japan, it might seem almost overwhelming to choose one. In this article, you will see the top 5 nicest onsen locations across Japan! We hope you have the chance to try all of them!

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Noboribetsu Onsen 登別温泉 (Hokkaido)

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Hokkaido is a beautiful travel destination as much for its breathtaking scenery as for the delicious local cuisine. When in Hokkaido, you should definitely stop by one of the best onsen areas of the region. There are 9 types of hot springs in Noboribetsu, each having unique properties. For example, there are sulfur springs, which are known to help for chronic bronchitis, hardening of the arteries and chronic dermatitis; there is also an iron spring which is known to help for anemia and chronic eczema.
In the area, you can visit a historical park, a bear park, a marine park, etc.
It is a stunning place to visit in spring with the cherry blossoms.

Yufuin Onsen 湯布院温泉 (Kyushu)

Yufuin is both the name of a city and of an onsen resort. Yufuin is known for its cafes, stores and art museums. It's a beautiful area to take a walk around in for the day.
Yufuin is a gorgeous area surrounded by mountains. The view is particularly beautiful because of Mount Yufu's twin peaks.
Yufuin is located close to a much larger and busier onsen area called Beppu. So if you're looking for a beautiful onsen resort area that is slightly less touristic, you should try Yufuin!

Kusatsu Onsen 草津温泉 (Gunma)

Kusatsu Onsen is possibly one of Japan's most famous onsen regions. Hot spring water is renown among the Japanese for its many health benefits.
Since this region is located in the mountains, it is also famous for skiing in winter, and for hiking during the other seasons. Kusatsu is well-known for the quality of its hot spring water, and since they have large quantities of it, they are able to provide water for other regions as well.
This region is also famous for hiking and skiing!

Ogoto Onsen おごと温泉 (Shiga)

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Ogoto Onsen is in Shiga Prefecture, on the West side of Lake Biwa. It is a beautiful location, which is part of Mount Hiei. The Ogoto Onsens are known for their healing properties and attract many tourists. The hot spring has very alkaline water, which can help heal neuralgia, muscle pain, and exhaustion!
This region is also famous for outdoor sports, such as skiing, rafting, etc. There are also beautiful temples.

Fuji Kawaguchiko Onsen 富士河口湖温泉 (Yamanashi)

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Kawaguchiko is located directly at the base of the world renown Mount Fuji!
Fuji Kawaguchiko Onsen offers a stunning view of the Mount Fuji and is particularly impressive during autumn for the red leaves, and during spring for the cherry blossoms!

Finally...

Japan has thousands of onsens all over the country so it is overwhelming to narrow down the list when making a decision. We hope that you have the chance to visit some of these onsens. Let us know what you think on facebook if you visit one of these beautiful onsens!
Lili Wanderlust
I love travelling and discovering new cuisines. Japan has a panoply of local dishes to try. I also love yoga, coffee, reading, and cycling.

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