With so many sights to see and things to do, traveling around Kamakura and Yokohama can be very tiring. Lucky for you, though, squeezing in some relaxation time in your itinerary is easily achievable as these two cities are literally hotspots for pampering activities. All you need to do is just find your way to any one of these resorts. Here’s a list of the best Onsen resorts located in the areas of Kamakura and Yokohama.
In Yokohama City
1. Manyo Club (万葉倶楽部)
A hot spring hotel right smack in the middle of Yokohama City, Manyo Club is an 8-story building of state-of-the-art pampering facilities comprising of indoor hot spring baths, sauna, massage areas, and an outdoor footbath with a roof deck view of the surrounding cityscape and the iconic Cosmo Clock 21 Ferris Wheel. The therapeutic waters are trucked in from Atami and Yugawara Onsen towns daily, and because of this, city folk and tourists alike no longer need to travel too far to indulge in a quality onsen experience. Admission fees already include yukata and towel rental, making it the perfect choice for spontaneous Onsen dates.
Address: 2 Chome-7-1 Shinko Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa Prefecture
Price: ¥2,500 (Adults), ¥1,400 (Children – Elementary school age), ¥940 (Children – Ages 3 to 7), Free (Children under 3)
2. INSPA Yokohama (INSPA横浜)
INSPA is the best place in Yokohama to spend the day if total body wellness is what you’re after. The relaxation facilities are beyond exceptional boasting of natural spring baths sourced from 1,500 meters below sea level, sauna rooms, and a Bali-style bedrock baths. On top of this, guests can also enjoy a variety of other services like hot yoga and stretching lessons for fitness, massage, body care and aesthetic services. Dining is likewise commendable with its partner restaurant Gaza whipping up healthy and creative meals. If you are staying until dinner, might as well try the house specialty Kinako-Pork Shabu-Shabu. There are several packages offered based on the facilities and services you want to avail of during your visit. Make sure to visit their website (link provided below) to know your options.
Address: 15-2 Yamanouchi-cho, Kanagawa-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa
Price: ¥1,050 (Quick admission rate – 1 hour use), ¥2,500 (Regular rate)
*A one-time registration fee worth ¥315 is required for first-time visitors.
In Kamakura City
3. Inamuragasaki Onsen (稲村ヶ崎温泉)
Inamuragasaki Onsen is a charming seaside Onsen resort located just a stop away from the popular Shichirigahama area. Its facilities include indoor and outdoor hot spring pools, a cold bath, and also a sauna. The water here is rich in sodium carbonate, which leaves the skin soft and supple after bathing. The resort is only available for adult guests 18 years and over, and is open daily from 9 AM to 9 PM. Last admission is at 8 PM.
Address: 1-16-13 Inamuragasaki, Kamakura, Kanagawa
Website: http://inamuragasaki-onsen.com (Japanese only)
At Yugawara Onsen
Yugawara is a historical onsen town near Kamakura and a scenic one at that. Its hilly terrain overlooks Sagami Bay, while its streets are lined with generations-old ryokans. Nature here is abundant, and it too boasts of historical sites, most of which are closely tied to the Kamakura Shogunate. Its beauty is well documented in many old Japanese poems and is also the favorite retreat to some of Japan’s famous artists and writers like Natsume Soseki, Doppo Kunikida, and Toson Shimazaki.
4. Gensen Uenoya (源泉 上野屋)
Gensan Uenoya is an onsen ryokan that perfectly captures the essence of Yugawara. It is an inn nestled in nature and a structure registered as a Tangible Cultural Property of Japan. The timeless wooden architecture blends seamlessly with the environment that the spring water supplied in all of the ryokan’s bathtubs are directly received from the source. Rooms are spacious, where the bigger ones can accommodate up to 5 people in a room. Overnight packages may or may not include meals depending on your preference. Day trip plans are also available, but limited slots only. Uenoya has been serving guests since 1923. Here, you are assured to enjoy traditional hospitality, healing bathing facilities, and a serene environment all in one place.
Address: 616 Miyakami, Yugawara-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa
Price: From ¥3,780 (3-hour day trip plan)
Website: http://www.uenoya-net.jp (Japanese only)
5. Yugawara Onsen Fukiya (湯河原温泉 ふきや)
Fukiya is an onsen hotel ryokan that boasts of 7 hot springs offering 7 different views of the very scenic Yugawara mountainside. It’s an ideal place for a vacation because apart from its relaxing tubs, it provides guests with comfortable rooms and modern amenities without veering away from the Japanese aesthetic. With just 20 rooms, it remains an intimate space; and with other facilities like bed stone sauna, beauty salon, and karaoke rooms, Fukiya is a destination in itself where you’d want to stay for an extended period of time.
Address: 398 Miyakami, Yugawara-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa
Price: From ¥27,000 / room / night (service charge and taxes not yet included)
At Tsurumaki Onsen
Tsurumaki is another ancient onsen town in the Kanagawa area. Though not as popular as its neighbors, its hot springs stand out for having the highest concentration of calcium in the world. This mineral property makes its waters best for people suffering from rheumatism and neural pain.
6. Tsurumaki Onsen Motoyu Jinya (鶴巻温泉 元湯 陣屋)
Spread over a 3.3-hectare property, Motoyu Jinya is a ryokan blessed with natural beauty and rich history. It has a picturesque garden that is said to have inspired some of the works of the world-renowned animator Hayao Miyazaki. The bamboo gardens, carp ponds, and stone pavements are sure to leave anyone inspired by nature, while the ryokan itself offers luxurious tatami-style accommodations and exquisite traditional kaiseki cuisine. For the best experience, staying at least a night is very much recommended. However, if you only have a day, you can at least enjoy a nice stroll in the gardens and access Jinya’s onsen facilities.
Address: 2-8-24 Tsurumakikita, Hadano, Kanagawa
Price: From ¥1,300 (Day trip use of onsen facilities)
7. Tsurumaki Onsen Yamato Ryokan (鶴巻温泉 大和旅館)
Yamato Ryokan is a 95-year old establishment where you can experience authentic Japanese hospitality in a very traditional setting. It is just a 3-minute walk from Tsurumaki Onsen station, but once inside you will instantly feel the atmosphere of yesteryears. This ryokan is popular for its banquet plans available for both day trippers and overnight staying guests.
Address: 2-7-7 Tsurumaki Kita, Hadano, Kanagawa
Price: From ¥1,000 (Day trip use of onsen facilities)
Website: http://yamato-ryokan.com (Japanese only)
From Yokohama or Kamakura, you can also choose to go further south to Hakone. It is popular among tourists not just for its hot springs, but also for its attractions like Mt. Fuji viewpoints, museums, and nature trails.
8. Hakone Gora Onsen Kinoyu Setsugetsuka (箱根強羅温泉 季の湯 雪月花)
Hakone has several onsen towns and numerous choices for resorts. If you head to Gora, you can enjoy a countryside atmosphere plus a host of interesting nearby attractions like Mt. Kamiyama, POLA Museum of Art, Okada Museum of Art, among many others. One of the top hot spring hotels in the area is Setsugetsuka. It’s a large property with 50 rooms complete with a spa and wellness center, restaurant, and of course, communal onsen bathing facilities. Each room has a private onsen bath, and this feature makes a stay in Setsugetsuka a cut above the rest.
Address: 1300-34 Gora, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa
Price: From ¥20,000 / room / night
Website: http://www.hotespa.net/hotels/setsugetsuka/ (Japanese only)
9. Yui no Yado Yaeikan (結の宿 弥栄館)
Yui no Yado Yaeikan is considered to be one of the most booked onsen ryokans in all of Hakone because it offers in one place convenient location, quality onsen facilities and Japanese-style accommodations, ryokan hospitality, and reasonable prices. Even if it’s just 5 minutes away from Hakone Yumoto Station – the central station that connects Hakone to the trains bound for Tokyo and other major cities, it retains a serene atmosphere that puts you in a stress-free mood.
Address: 484 Yumoto, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa
Price: From ¥13,830 / room / night
All price information in this article is as of January 2017.
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