Top 4 Best Hot Springs (Onsen) in Tochigi

When visiting Tochigi prefecture, these are the 4 best hot springs to visit. And autumn is the best season to go, as you can see the golden autumn leaves while you're there.

The Utase-Yu where you can let the hot water pour over you by standing or sitting under the spot where it comes down(鹿の湯) 1. Kinugawa Hot Springs 

Kinugawa Hot Springs, near Nikko, is a great place to stay to enjoy the hot springs and also the World Heritage site in Nikko. This hot springs is famous for healing burns and Kinugawa Onsen is the collective name for two hot springs, one on each side of the river.

Address 1404-1 Ohara, Nikko-city, Tochigi
Access Take the JR Limited Express “Spacia” from Shinjuku or Ikebukuro station to Kinugawa Onsen station


2. Shiobara Hot Springs 

Shiobara Hot Springs is a famous summer resort, as well as a place to see the beautiful autumn foliage. And there are about 150 hot springs for you to enjoy. They vary in color according to their oxidation rate, and the colors include milky white, brown, black, gold, light green, gray, and transparent.

Address 747 Shiobara, Nasushiobara-city, Tochigi
Access Take the Tohoku Shinkansen to JR Nasu Shiobara station. Then take the JR bus from the west exit to Shiobara Shogakko Iriguchi bus stop (60 min)


3. Yunishigawa Hot Springs

Yunishigawa Hot Springs is a small hot springs village up in the mountains. The famous Yunishigawa Kamakura Festival, a festival with small snow huts lit up with candles, is held there in the winter. Legend says that the samurai healed their wounds in the hot springs. In addition to the hot springs, you can also enjoy the local cuisine cooked over a fireplace.

Address Yunshigawa, Nikko-city, Tochigi
Access Take the Tobu Limited Express “Liberty Aizu” from Kitasenju station in Tokyo to Yunishigawa Onsen station. Then take the Nikko Kotsu dial bus) to the last stop Yunishigawa Onsen (20 min)
Shika-no-Yu (Deer Baths)
Shika-no-Yu (Deer Baths)
One of the 7 hot springs in Nasu. It is the first “onsen” discovered in Tochigi Prefecture and is the 32nd oldest “onsen” in the country.
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