If you’re visiting Nara and want to go to a hot spring while you’re there then below are the top 6 best ones to visit. Most of them are not hard to get to as they’re part of the hotel facilities. If you’re going to go there as a family, probably Yamato Onsen Nara Kenko Land is best as they have a kid-friendly playroom and video game corner.
Shigisan Hot Springs
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Shigisan Onsen is located high in the mountains. There is a spectacular view from both the indoor and outdoor hot springs. It is especially beautiful during cherry blossom season.
|Address||2-40 Shigisan-nishi, Sangocho, Ikoma|
|Access||10 min. by taxi from JR Odera station|
Kongo no Yu
This is a small and secluded hot springs in Gojo. Not widely known by tourists, it is a good place to take a break off the beaten path on your way to Koya-san.
|Address||Riverside Hotel 2-1-33Shinmachi, Gojo-shi, Nara|
|Access||A 5 min. walk from JR Yamato-futami station (Wakayama Line)|
Horai Hot Springs
A short distance from central Nara, this is a hot springs with easy access. Enjoy relaxing in the bath with qualities of relieving stress, arthritis and stiff muscles.
|Address||Nara Park Hotel 4-18-1, Horai, Nara-shi, Nara|
|Access||8 min. by taxi from Kintetsu Yamato-Saidaiji Station|
Yumori Hot Springs
There is only one lodging facility at Otaki Dam, and it is known for its amazing view of the dam from the baths. Built in a contemporary Japanese style using local cedar wood, it is a good place to stop over whilst on a drive or while hiking in the area.
|Address||Hotel Suginoyu 695 Sako, Kawakami, Yoshino|
|Access||35 min. by shuttle bus from Kintetsu Yamato-kamiichi Station|
Yamato Onsen Nara Kenko Land
This is like a hot springs theme park with a variety of baths, swimming pools, saunas, and massage facilities. There is even a large restaurant. It is a family friendly place with a playroom, a video game corner, and karaoke facilities.
|Address||600-1 Kabatacho, Tenri|
|Access||A 15 min. walk from Kintetsu Nikaido Station|