[Kyushu 100] Nagasaki Hot Springs Inn/Hotel Top 10
“Kyushu 100” is the project to introduce the fascinations of 100 spots representing Kyushu chosen by traveler’s review. In order to let you know more fascination of Kyushu beyond 100 spots, we introduce the spots for “Eat” ,”Play” and “Stay” of 7 prefectures in ranking order.
When you think of Onsen spas in Nagasaki, Unzen first comes to mind. Since Unzen once thrived as a health resort for foreigners, there are a host of elaborately designed accommodations full of hospitality. Obama Onsen and Shimabara Onsen are consistently popular, while there is a novel Onsen spring gushing out in remote islands such as Iki Island. Here we will introduce 10 best Onsen spas in Nagasaki where you can experience unique bathing opportunities.
Unzen Miyazaki Ryokan (Unzen City)
In the area known as Unzen Jigoku (or Hell), Jaken Jigoku blowing steam high up in the air is the source of hot spring at this inn. They have open-air baths, large baths and saunas separately for men and women. The spring water is rich in metasilicic acid, which helps to make your skin beautiful.
#2 Hotel Okura JR Huis Ten Bosch (Sasebo City)
This is the park’s official hotel with an elegant European décor. It has a natural hot spring spa available, of course. The Koto-no-yu spa has an open-air bath as well as an indoor bath, where you can relax in hot spring water rich in iron and manganese.
Unzen Kanko Hotel (Unzen City)
This is a prestigious hotel that is registered as one of Japan’s tangible cultural properties. The great bathing room is a modern Western-style affair with a domed ceiling, stained glasses and art déco tiles. You will be simply fascinated.
#4 Kairi Murakami (Iki City)
Selected as one of Japan’s best 100 sunset locations, this Ryokan has an open-air bath from which you can admire the islands glowing in crimson on the sea at sunset or the star-studded sky at night. The unique spring water of Yunomoto Onsen is colorless and transparent at first but turns reddish brown as soon as it comes into contact with air. Please enjoy soaking in the delightful hot spring.
#5 Hirayama Ryokan (Iki City)
Legend has it that Empress Jingu found Yunomoto Onsen and used its hot spring for the newborn Emperor Ojin’s first bath. Visitors may enjoy the 1,500-year-old hot spring in the open-air bath, the steam bath, or by a stream of spring water pelting on your back. Delicious dishes prepared with fresh seafood caught in Genkai Sea are very popular, too.
#6 Margherita (Shinkami Goto Town)
Margherita is a resort hotel located on a hill of Nakadori Island (one of Goto Islands) overlooking the sea. After enjoying the free-flow hot spring directly from the source at the spa with outdoor and indoor baths, step out and relax on the Meditation Deck with a magnificent view. It is open to east and west, and you may admire both sunrise and sunset.
#7 Iseya Ryokan (Unzen City)
Iseya is an establishment of long standing in Obama Onsen. They have Mokichi-no-yu, an open-air bath from which you can watch the sun set in Tachibana Bay or, if you prefer, there is a private reserved bath that can easily accommodate 5 adults with a relaxation room.
#8 Unzen Iwaki Ryokan (Unzen City)
This is the only Ryokan in Unzen Onsen to have a source of hot spring on its grounds. Visitors may enjoy bathing in free-flow hot spring direct from the source in the great bathing room or in the 5 guest rooms with private outdoor baths.
#9 Kyushu Hotel (Unzen City)
This is an Onsen inn located in a popular tourist spot of Jigoku-dani (the Hell Valley) in Unzen. Daichi-no-yu is a large open-air bath where you can bathe watching the steam gushing out of the earth, feeling the force of Mother Earth up close.
#10 Hotel Seaside Shimabara (Shimabara City)
Hotel Seaside Shimabara boasts a great location commanding the view of the Ariake Sea. Here, highly concentrated carbonate spring and Shimabara spring are available. Particularly, the carbonated spring with prominently high concentration of carbonic acid is said to have 3 times as much heat-retaining property as ordinary hot spring. It is well worth a try.
Cleanliness: very clean
Room facility: pretty comfortable, bathroom was especially nice
Dinner and breakfast: dinner was fantastic and breakfast was more than average
Onsen: cozy and cleanReview from Doramihime
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Ranking method:”Nagasaki Hot Springs Inn/Hotel Top 10″ was aggregated by the unique algorithm based on the review evaluations in Japanese posted during July 2015 – June 2016 in terms of Onsen Hot Springs Inns/Hotels in Nagasaki.