Hot Springs in Western Japan

by Angelique Platas

Mar 10, 2019

Nikko, Japan viewed in the autumn from Chuzen-ji Temple complex.

Trends / Health & Wellness

Looking for a relaxing liberation from the winter months? Do as the Japanese do and head to a hot spring resort. Narrowing down your options can be as difficult or as easy as landing on a locale within the country. Nagato is known for its hot spring culture, views of the Otozure River and quaint village life. If this Western region happens to be where you’re headed, let this list be your guide.


Nagato Yumoto Hot Spring

See the local sites by day, including the famous Motonosumi Shrine, before warming up and relaxing in a hot bath. Located along the Otozure River, Nagato Hot Spring offers a quiet local town for visitors to explore outside, and alkaline hot spring waters within. Visit the old-fashioned public bath and let the soothing effects wash over you. Believed to reduce muscle, joint and nerve pain, guests eagerly find time to make their way to the hot springs. They even have an arcade and bowling alley, open until midnight.


Tawarayama Onsen

Enjoy the retro-style wooden inns lining the historic town surrounding Tawarayama Onsen, or hot spring. The bubbling waters of the therapeutic bath offer guests all the same alkaline waters and holistic benefits, but with an added touch of whimsy — wooden clogs clopping to and from the bath.


Yuyawan Hot Spring

With incredible views of the Yuya Bay, the onsen is just an added benefit. Relax in peace watching the sun rise or set on the property and relieve stress, while promoting good health and circulation by the warm waters of the spring.


Yumen Hot Spring

Enjoy karaoke booths, tennis matches, local seafood, a sauna and, of course, outdoor baths. Believed to be discovered in ancient times, Yumen Onsen was named for the legend of a rabbit healing wounds — as the hot springs are believed to aid skin diseases and improve health.


Kiwado Hot Spring

Enjoy the all-natural look of the Kiwado Hot Springs, with views of the water from the water. After a day of hiking the Kita Nagato Coast National Park where the hot springs are located, guests can unwind and rest weary muscles with a view of the Fukawa Bay.


Typically, in Japanese tradition, hot springs can be an all-natural experience — meaning no swim suits. Check with the hot spring that catches your eye; if they go along the traditional rules, you can pack less in your carry-on.


Reviews / Restaurant
Mar 23, 2019

Bitter Cocktail Bar, Barcelona

Barcelona has seen a recent influx of craft cocktails bars within the past five years or so, and Sant Antoni seems to be one of the city’s epicenters of such swanky watering holes. Amid the crisscross streets, organic grocery stores and the soon-to-open, recently renovated Sant Antoni market is Bitter, an inconspicuous cocktail bar where there’s more than meets the eye.

Take Me to Tahiti

Mana is the life force Tahitians believe connects all things. Feel the mana for yourself on a visit to the islands of Tahiti, and sample some of these activities as you connect with the breathtaking nature of the South Pacific. Fly Air France from the United States to Tahiti in the most convenient and comfortable way and let your holiday start on board.

Products / Other
Mar 23, 2019

3 Gifts Travelers Want

Friends and family members of travelers are always looking for the right gift. It’s hard to find something that will surprise a traveler and also be something they use often. Many are trying to look past the typical gifts travelers get, such as notebooks and pens, and looking more toward destination-specific or more unique items. Gift giving can be difficult for some that don’t know what a traveler is looking for or needs, but these three gifts are a great starting point.

Under $100 / Europe
Mar 22, 2019

Under $100: San Martino de Castrozza, Italy

This delightful ski town is a friendly place filled with locals more than visitors. Here's what to do if you're on a budget.

Pulled in Different Directions? Car Rental Can Help

While your first inclination might be panic when you map out the various appointments and meetings on your upcoming business trip, relax. Trust us, a rental car has you covered.

Top 5 / North America
Mar 22, 2019

Top 5: Breweries in Kansas City

Kansas City’s craft brewery scene is booming. With many spots to choose from, check out these breweries on your next visit to Kansas City.