Onsen in Osaka? Really? Introducing some easily accessible hot springs!
Attention all those heading straight into central Osaka for sightseeing from Kansai International Airport, there’s probably a lot of people coming to try Osaka’s famous “Walk and eat until you drop” or the all-you-can-eat food culture. Then maybe there are some who think there are no onsen around Osaka to soak in and relieve the stress of travel. But there are if you look for them! Here, we’ll inform you of easy to access onsen from central Osaka for foreign travelers!
Inunakiyama Onsen is well deserving of its title of “secret onsen area” which is a small onsen village comprised of various hot spring hotels. Inunakiyama Onsen has a great relaxing atmosphere nestled deep in a quiet mountain valley. Quite a surprise to find such a place so close to Osaka, isn’t it? From the Kansai International Airport, take a train on the Nankai Line for Izumisano Station from which a shuttle bus will take you to Inunakiyama Onsen. From there, it’s only a 30-minute shuttle bus ride making for super easy access!
The onsen area around Mt. Inunaki is also home to the famous Shipporyu-ji Temple for ascetic mountain monks. Mt. Inunaki is known as the oldest place in Japan for mountain worship and a place where you can watch sacred ceremonies take place as monks pay away their worldly desires while standing under the waterfalls.
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There also seems to be a one day hands-on experience where you can test your might under the waterfall…but it’s going to take some courage…
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Address： Inunakiyama, Ogi, Izumisano-shi, Osaka（大阪府泉佐野市大木犬鳴山）
Phone Number：+81-72-469-3131 (Tourism Association)
Access：From the Kansai International Airport, take a train on the Nankai Line and get off at Izumisano Station, then take a Nankai Bus headed towards Inunakiyama for about 30 minutes.
Stay at a ryokan (Japanese-style inn) along the gorge at Inunakiyama Onsen!
You can find beautiful canyons and waterfalls around Mt. Inunaki. When you visit Inunakiyama Onsen, by all means stay at one of the ryokan along the canyon!
The greatest attraction to Fudoguchikan is without a doubt the outdoor, open-air rotenburo (bath)! Looking down upon the gorge while listening to the murmuring of the stream below and trees around you, isn’t this the perfect dream of a Japanese hot spring?
All of the rooms here are in the Japanese style with tatami mat flooring. Full course menus full of the local flavor of Mt. Inunaki are available offering fresh vegetables from nearby Izumisano and seafood from neighboring ports.
Of course, you can find rotenburo at Minamitei, but also indoor baths with large windows installed, so you can enjoy the great natural surroundings of Mt. Inunaki, no matter where you decide to soak. The natural hot onset at Inunakiyama are simple sulfuric cold mineral springs. It is said that the minerals in this water have positive effects on circulation, rheumatism, and gynecopathy diseases.
From the large windows in the relaxing guest rooms, you can watch the beautiful changing of the seasons at Mt. Inunaki. Then you can enjoy a private dinner in your own guest room.
Minoh Onsen is owned by the popular Oedo Onsen hot springs theme park located in Odaiba, Tokyo. The official name of the theme park in Minoh is Minoh Onsen Spa Garden. This is a flashy and fun hot spring facility that will get you excited from the moment you catch sight of it from the outside. After getting out of the spacious baths, enjoy yourself at the daily festival booth or watch a live action entertainment show.
There are two main large communal baths. One of the baths offers a classic Japanese atmosphere with a crane sculpture and large mural of the Mt. Fuji at sunset. However, this bath is less about the traditional spa atmosphere and more about impact, staying faithful to flashy Osaka. This bath’s soft water will do wonders for beautiful and healthy skin.
There is also a large bath based on the large yagura turret stages used in festivals called the Oedo Hundred Person Bath! It really does look like 100 people can actually fit in the spacious bath all at once. These two baths switch between use for women and men every day. For those who want to enjoy both baths, go ahead and stay the night here at Minoh Onsen.
Minoh Onsen Spa Garden（箕面温泉スパガーデン）
Address： 1-1 Onsen-machi, Minoh-shi, Osaka（大阪府箕面市温泉町1-1）
Opening Hours：10:00 – 23:45 *last entry at 22:45
Fee：Admission fee/Between 10:00 and 18:00 Adults: Weekdays 1,580 yen, Saturdays Sundays and national holidays 1,980 yen Children: 980 yen, Infants: 580 yen From 18:00 Adults: Weekdays 980 yen, Saturdays Sundays and national holidays, 1,280 yen Children: 680 yen, Infants: 380 yen
Access：From the Hankyu Umeda Station, take a train on the Hankyu Takarazuka Line and get off at the Hankyu Ishibashi Station, change there to the Hankyu Minoh Line and take a train to the Hankyu Minoh Station from which it is a 3-minute walk.
Enjoy yourself in an onsen hotel with a Minoh Onsen Spa Garden set!
If you’re staying in the Minoh Onsen area and want to enjoy yourself at Minoh Spa Garden, then we recommend the Minoh Kanko Hotel. This hotel is managed by the Oedo Onsen Monogatari in Tokyo and you can enjoy the baths at Minoh Spa Garden as much as you want for free! The key feature is the rooftop rotenburo.
This outdoor bath from which you can get sweeping views of Osaka City will make you feel like you’re floating in a bath in the sky! Both sunsets and the nightscape are amazing.
Have a luxurious buffet for dinner! You can also choose which room fits best for you from different types including Japanese-style rooms, Western-style rooms, and so on.
Minoh Kanko Hotel（箕面観光ホテル）
Address：1-1 Onsen-machi, Minoh-shi, Osaka（大阪府箕面市温泉町1-1）
Most onsen areas around Japan are comprised of towns built of onsen ryokan (Japanese-style inns) that all share the same hot spring water source. However, this is one onsen ryokan inn that has its water source all to itself. This kind of inn is called an “ikken-yado” and Amami Onsen is one of these.
Onsen facilities have existed here since the late 1300s but it was burned in a fire in 1750. The current building which was built by a famous architect in Sakai city, Osaka was moved to Amami in 1935. This historical building which is officially registered as a tangible cultural property also boasts a giant 10,000 m2 garden where fireflies can be found fluttering around in summer.
Amami Onsen Nanten-en（あまみ温泉 南天苑）
Address：158 Amami, Kawachi Nagano-shi, Osaka（大阪府河内長野市天見158）
Access： From the Namba Station, take a train on the Koya Line of the Nankai Railway and get off at Amami Station.
The Iyoyaka-no-Sato in Ushitaki Onsen is located right in the middle of Mother Nature where you won’t believe you’re still in Osaka.
Being able to see all of the rice fields tucked in the hills is a breath of fresh air from the big city of Osaka. Though it seems far away, a shuttle bus will pick you up from Kishiwada Station on the Nankai Line all the way to Iyoyaka-no-Sato making for easy access! It’s only one stop away from the Kansai International Airport on the Nankai Line so on your way to one of the top downtown areas of Osaka like Namba, take the stress of your flight off before enjoying your trip, or we also recommend heading over on the way back before your flight to wash away the stress of all the playing you’ve done in the city!
When you get into the baths and feel the water that’s like milk on your skin, you’ll be amazed at the wonders it does for your skin. There’s also lots of salt in the hot springs water, so it will help your body retain its heat long after getting out.
BBQ at a log cottage! Lots of other things to do than just onsen
Iyoyaka-no-Sato is the only accommodation facilities in the Ushitaki Onsen area. Here, you can find Japanese-style rooms with traditional tatami mats to get a unique feel of Japan as well as log cottages which are super popular for families, so choose the best option for you according to your numbers and desires. Dinner includes a banquet course that will make you say, “Now I’m really in Japan!”
Outdoor types will absolutely love the BBQ area (open March to November). When you make your reservation, sign up for the BBQ plan which includes equipment and ingredients, so you don’t need to do any extra preparation. This is a great plan that will put travelers at ease.
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Six free shuttle buses (reservations required) run a day from Ikeda Station on the Hankyu Takarazuka Line and which arrive at Fushio Onsen in about 15 minutes. Ikeda Station is only a 22-minute train ride from Hankyu Umeda, which means you can reach this onsen in a mere 40 minutes from one of Osaka’s busiest downtown areas. The second generation owner of Fushio Kaku Onsen started drilling in 1965, and found the source for Fushio Onsen. The hot spring water is rich with radium so when you inhale the steam from the bath into your body, your metabolism will be revitalized and your immune system and natural healing capabilities will rise.
Even though it’s not so far from Osaka’s downtown area, you’ll find yourself surrounded in lush nature.
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There are many dining courses available at Fushio which even include the wild boar “Botan Nabe.” You can also find some classic Osaka dishes offered as well. The water is so clean and clear here that in early June you can even see fireflies around the river that flows through the grounds of the hotel! Instead of just staying in the city, maybe you should get away and relax here for a night.
Kanku is an abbreviation for Kansai International Airport. So, Kanku Onsen means Kansai International Airport Onsen.
What? There’s an onsen in the airport?…Well, not exactly. It’s actually an onsen located right next to the Kansai International Airport.
Kanku Onsen is also officially known as “Kanku Onsen Hotel Garden Palace.” The natural hot spring water has wondrous effects on neuralgia, muscle soreness, and recovering from fatigue, so it’s a great way to take off the stress from your flight or from your travels in Japan. The large garden communal bath and the separate, half open-air outdoor bath change day to day being open for men and women, so stay for a night and enjoy both sides for the complete experience! There’s even private baths to enjoy with your family or partner.
Free shuttle buses leave from Kansai International Airport. Buses leave between 15:00 and 22:00 every hour at the 45-minute mark, so it’s easy to catch straight off from your landing in Japan or when you’re heading back for your return flight home. The ride only takes 15 minutes. However, be sure to get reservations for staying the night as well as for day use. If you just go without warning, there is a chance that the facilities may be full.
Located just below the symbol of the town, the Tsutenkaku Tower, is “Spa World: Onsen from Around the World”! This popular spot is bustling with visitors both Japanese and foreign visitors alike who want to casually drop by an onsen located near this tourist area.
Welcome to Shinsekai (New World), the popular area with a retro townscape and famous for kushi-katsu (skewered fried pork cutlet) specialty stores that line the streets.
If you’re going to use the Kanku Onsen, then you might as well stay the night. The accommodation charges at this hotel are extremely affordable. You can also get a luxurious Japanese-style banquet dinner as well!
Spa World is separated into two main themed zones. One of them is the European Zone which has a wide variety of baths including a large communal ancient roman-style bath, a cave bath modeled after the Blue Grotto on the small island of Capri in Italy, a Finnish sauna house, a Spanish-style outdoor bath, and so on!
The other is the Asian Zone which has various baths including a classic Japanese outdoor rotenburo bath as well as those modeled after Balinese and Persian styles! The Asian and European zones change between men and women every month, so go ahead and check the official website to see which zone you can visit during your trip to Osaka.
There is also a giant pool space in Spa World. Swimsuits are required in this area, so you can hop in and enjoy yourself with the whole family or even on a date. Even if you forget your swimsuit, you can rent one for 600 yen apiece!
Spa World: Onsen from Around the World（スパワールド世界の大温泉）
Address：3-4-24 Ebisu Higashi, Naniwa, Osaka-shi, Osaka（大阪府大阪市浪速区恵美須東3-4-24）
Phone Number： +81-6-6631-0001
Opening Hours： 10:00 – 8:45 (the next day) Open all year round
Holidays：Open all year round
Fee：Adults 1,200 yen-, Children 1,000 yen-
Access：Located near the No. 5 exit of the Dobutsuen-mae Station on the Sakaisuji and Midosuji Lines of the Osaka Municipal Subway, and the east exit of the Shin-imamiya Station on the JR Loop Line (Kanjo-sen)
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