Mountains with Great Hot Springs
Being a country with so much volcanic activity, there are hot springs in virtually every region of Japan. Japan offers hot spring lovers a wide variety of atmospheres to enjoy, whether it is a major hot spring district lined with inns and hotels or the secluded hot springs of a standalone inn.
Because every hot spring has a unique combination of temperature and mineral content, and therefore different benefits, there are many different ways to visit hot springs. Some visitors travel around and try different type of hot springs while others stay at a particular spot for the purpose to cure for a chronic condition.
In addition to hot spring inns and hotels, Japan also has many day-use hot spring spas that offer only baths, food, and relaxation but do not provide overnight accommodations or require that a guest be staying there. These are generally referred to as hot spring day spas. Many hikers will utilize these facilities to recover after hiking.
Hikers are also able to enjoy hot springs deep in the mountains that can only be reached by foot or the secluded hot springs that are sometimes located at trailheads. We especially recommend enjoying the natural setting of an open-air bath carved out of the surface of a mountain or appreciating the architecture of a historic ryokan, a Japanese style hotel.
“Mountains with Great Hot Springs” featured on this site are as listed below.
- A Scenic Hike Around Kusasenrigahama in the Mt. Aso Area Hike through a scenic area while viewing grand, large-scale mountain vistas forged by active volcanoes.
- Traverse Hike of Daisetsuzan Mountain Range from Mt. Asahi to Mt. Kuro-dake Traverse “the roof of Hokkaido” in a single day trip.
- Nasu Circuit of Mt. Chausu and Mt. Asahi A loop taking in two of Mt. Nasu's best-known peaks.
- The Mt. Nasu trek: Mt. Chausu, Mt. Asahi and Mt. Sanbonyari Access Nasu Sanzan (three peaks) via ropeway and gondola, then hike to the summit and back in one day.
- Mt. Tsubakuro Begins at Nakabusa Onsen hot spring. Round trip via Kassen-one Ridge A popular Northern Japanese Alps peak in 2 days.
- The Hakuba Sanzan (Hakuba three peaks) hike from Sarukura Climb the Hakuba Daisekkei snow patch and descend into a mountainside hot spring.
- The Tateyama Three Peak Circuit Hike from Tateyama Murodo Trek across a sacred mountain range with a landscape of towering volcanic peaks.
- Traverse of Mt. Iwate from Yakehashiri to Nana-taki Falls Enjoy the signs and scars of volcanic activity on this still-active volcano.
- Mt. Tengu Round trip from Shibunoyu This course offers twin peaks with virgin forests and rock ridges to enjoy.
- Mt. Rausu Round Trip from Iwaobetsu Onsen (hot spring) Hike the Highest Mountain in Shiretoko, a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site.
- Trekking Yakushima's Shiratani Unsuikyo Lush Old Growth Forest and Towering Cedar Trees.
- Mt. Kuromi : Round Trip from the Yodogawa Trailhead Highland Marshes and a Soaring Boulder Peak in Yakushima
- Mt. Tanigawa Horseshoe Trail Traverse Long-distance traverse of the Tanigawa Mountain Range.
- Mt. Tanigawa Circuit Up Nishiguro-one Ridge and Down Tenjin-one Ridge A ridgeline hike worth the walk.
- Mt. Hiuchigatake Round trip from Miike Trailhead A day hike to the peak overlooking Lake Ozenuma.
- Mt. Asahi Beginning at Sugatami-daira (Round Trip) Use the ropeway to help you hike Hokkaido's highest peak.