While in Tokyo, visiting an onsen should be something on your list. An onsen is a term used for “hot spring”. They are bathing facilities, and resort inns, located around Tokyo for both locals to get away, and for visitors to enjoy. There are several types of onsens, some indoors, some outdoors. They are also privately owned and publicly owned. Originating as public bathing facilities, they have become quite a cultural, and tourist attraction for everyone.

Oedo Onsen Monogatari

Address 2-57 Aomi, Koto-ku, Tokyo135-0064Map
Description For anyone wanting to relax while in Tokyo, Oedo Onsen Monogatari is the right place to be. It is the only hot springs theme park, having opened in 2003, and offers an authentic Japanese experience, with gardens which are modelled on original Edo gardens from the 17th century. The baths are open from 11am to 9am of the following morning, with admissions stopping at 7am to allow visitors the full experience. Do note that tattoos are not allowed to be on-show.

Toshimaen Niwa-no-yu

Address 3-25-1 Kouyama, Nerima-ku, TokyoMap
Description What better way to unwind from a busy day of sightseeing or workplace stress than relaxing in traditional Japanese baths and saunas? This childfree haven features male and female baths, a Finnish sauna, alfresco Jacuzzis and a central pool, all stylishly designed by leading architect Kenzo Kosugi. The pools are charged by sodium-rich natural spring water that is said to help ease aching joints and muscles, while the peacefulness is sure to ease an aching mind!

Spa LaQua

Address 1-3-61 Koraku, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 112-0004Map
Description If a place that has areas called Healing Baden, Rendezvous Zone, Spa Zone, Restaurant Zone and Relaxation Zone sounds just up your street, then you should definitely visit the Spa LaQua. Heated by Koishikawa Hot Springs, the baths help with skin conditions, neuralgia, muscle pain and arthritis, as well as creating ultimate relaxation. The baths are for adults and have every facility on hand to help ease your body and mind. This is a sanctuary of tranquility located in the heart of Tokyo.

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