Relax In One of The Famous Japanese Hot Springs in Tokyo
Many foreign tourists come to Japan with a to-do list and it is highly likely that having an onsen experience is in it! However, most people think that they could only experience this activity in the rural areas of Japan, and that is definitely not true! Foreign tourists now can also experience this in cities, such as Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka. In Tokyo though, there is one which is rather popular in the Shinjuku ward, which is called Thermae-yu.
Natural Hot Spring From Shizuoka
Thermae-yu is a hot spring facility in Tokyo’s Kabukicho, and is reputed to be the biggest entertainment district in East Asia! You can enjoy this premium spa in many various ways, as a simple hot spring, or as a place to organise your night. Every single day, the natural hot spring flows from a really distant location, which is Jindai-no-yu, located in Shizuoka prefecture. According to sources, these two locations are 150 kilometres apart!
So, you might be wondering, “Is water from Jindai-no-yu that special?” Well, it is said to have many health benefits. For example, it can treat many ailments such as nerve pain, muscular pain, joint pain, sensitivity to cold, stomachache, stiff shoulders, predisposition toward allergies and even high blood pressure.
Not Just An Onsen Facility…
Men and women have access to gender-segregated baths indoors and outdoors. You can also enjoy a sauna, a luxury lounge, a relaxation salon to get body treatments, and even a hot stone bath which brings you the benefits of natural minerals. To top it all off, women even have access to an aroma sauna! If you get hungry, you can savour Japanese cuisine or ethnic cuisine at one of the two restaurants. If you get thirsty when you are in a bath, don’t fret! Just get out of the water for a short few minutes and head for the drink bar. Unfortunately, though, taking photos inside Thermae-yu is forbidden but you will enjoy the decorations on the walls of the hot spring rooms. It is said that some of the decorations include cherry blossoms with Mount Fuji in the background as well as fireworks.
- All taxes, fees and handling charges
- Towel, Bathrobe included
What’s NOT included
- Food and drinks (can be purchased at the facility if desired)
- Transportation to/from attractions
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
1 Chome-1-2 Kabukicho, Shinjuku City,
From Shinjuku Station: (East Exit) 10 min-walk
From Metro Shinjuku Sanchome Station: (Exit 1) 3 min-walk
Note: Thermae-yu is northeast of Shinjuku station, in the Golden Gai district. You can reach it by taking the green sinuous path starting on Yasukuni main street just west of the Golden Gai; go to the end and just turn right to reach the building! Thermae-yu is open from 11am to 9am the next day. You must exit an indoor bath before 8.30am and an outdoor bath before 8am.
For cultural and historical reasons, access is forbidden to people with tattoos or body art (associated to criminality in Japan).
There are many different prices depending on what you need (beauty salon, massage, etc.), but the general ticket admission price (which includes the onsen experience) for a 12-hour use is about 2400 yen.
For more information, please visit its official website: http://thermae-yu.jp/