Top 6 Best Hot Springs (Onsen) in Nara

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


Totsukawa Onsen
Totsukawa Onsen
In Totsukawa Village in Yoshino District, Nara Prefecture, you can enjoy an onsen that flows 100% from the source spring. Navigating through the nature-rich village deep in the mountains is by bus or car.
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