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Regions of Japan

Hokkaido Tohoku Hokuriku
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Kanto Tokai Kansai Chugoku Shikoku Kyushu Okinawa Islands SAPPORO TOKYO NAGOYA OSAKA FUKUOKA FURANO KUSHIRO AOMORI SENDAI FUKUSHIMA NIKKO HAKONE SADO TAKAYAMA KANAZAWA ISE KYOTO NARA HIROSHIMA NAGASAKI KAGOSHIMA NAHA
Hokkaido
Hokkaido
  • Hokkaido
Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush
Tohoku
Tohoku
  • Aomori
  • Akita
  • Iwate
  • Yamagata
  • Miyagi
  • Fukushima
Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan
Hokuriku Shinetsu
Hokuriku Shinetsu
  • Niigata
  • Toyama
  • Ishikawa
  • Fukui
  • Nagano
An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare
Kanto
Kanto
  • Tokyo
  • Kanagawa
  • Chiba
  • Saitama
  • Ibaraki
  • Tochigi
  • Gunma
Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife
Tokai
Tokai
  • Yamanashi
  • Shizuoka
  • Gifu
  • Aichi
  • Mie
Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan
Kansai
Kansai
  • Kyoto
  • Osaka
  • Shiga
  • Hyogo
  • Nara
  • Wakayama
The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara
Chugoku
Chugoku
  • Tottori
  • Shimane
  • Okayama
  • Hiroshima
  • Yamaguchi
Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower
Shikoku
Shikoku
  • Tokushima
  • Kagawa
  • Ehime
  • Kochi
Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving
Kyushu
Kyushu
  • Fukuoka
  • Saga
  • Nagasaki
  • Oita
  • Kumamoto
  • Miyazaki
  • Kagoshima
The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky
Okinawa
Okinawa
  • Okinawa
Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings

Relaxation

Shiobara Onsen 塩原温泉郷

Amazing hot springs in a gorgeous valley

The Shiobara Hot Springs Village lies in a river valley in the northern mountainous part of Tochigi. Its proximity to Tokyo, diversity of baths, and high elevation make it a popular urban escape year-round.

Don't Miss

  • Onsen hopping to experience the village's diverse baths
  • Hiking along the pristine Hoki River

How to Get There

From Tokyo, reach Shiobara Hot Springs Village by train and bus.

Take the shinkansen from either Ueno or Tokyo Station on the JR Tohoku line and get off at Nasushiobara Station. The train ride takes about 70 minutes.

From there, take a connecting JR Kanto bus for Shiobara Onsen. Depending on where you get off, the ride will take a little over an hour.

Diverse and historic Shiobara

The history of Shiobara Hot Springs Village reaches back to the 9th century. Since its founding, writers and artists have visited to relax and ponder.

Literary giants such as Natsume Soseki and Ozaki Koyo have spent time here; there are over 50 monuments around town dedicated to famous writers who have made the trip to Shiobara.

According to locals, the sheer variety of onsen here sets their village apart. Eleven hot springs feed the area, and they are collectively known as the Eleven Hot Springs of Shiobara.

The diversity extends to the way water enters the baths, such as by trickling through cracks in the rocks, or gushing up from below. Some facilities naturally enhance the color of their water to further induce relaxation.

The mineral content of the water varies as well, with certain combinations said to have particular healing properties.

People often choose their baths according to their physical condition and mood. At just a few hundred yen for a soak, Shiobara is a great place for hot spring hopping to see which baths you like best.

For the full experience of a hot spring getaway, an overnight stay at a ryokan or traditional Japanese inn is highly recommended. Ryokan stays typically include lodging, dinner, and breakfast, with unlimited time luxuriating in the baths.

Unwind in a stunning natural environment

Between dips in the hot springs, take time to appreciate nature along the Hoki River and among the valley's beautiful forested slopes. The river runs through the valley, and streams flow down from the mountains forming nearly 100 waterfalls in the area. Suspension bridges reach across the valley, making it easy to take in the spectacular scenery.

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