The term onsen (温泉) refers to hot spring baths, but can generally describe all types of shared bathing in Japan, including public bath houses, or sento (銭湯).

Onsen are great for relaxation, curing fatigue, and alleviating mild aches and pains.

There are hot spring resort towns located throughout Japan, from Hokkaido in the north to Okinawa in the south. We can help you plan to stay in a hot spring resort during your trip, especially if you are interested in bathing in an outdoor bath, or rotenburo (露天風呂).