21 popular hot spring hotels within the hot spring heaven of Kyushu
Kyushu, often referred to as “hot spring heaven,” boasts 38% of Japan’s hot spring water sources, and visitors are able to enjoy hot springs at various accommodation facilities located in numerous locations varying from bustling downtown area hotels to hot spring ryokan (traditional Japanese inns) located in mountainous valleys. ANA carried out a project in collaboration with “Tastes of JAPAN by ANA,” which works to discover the most charming locations all over the country, and Trip Advisor, and based on Trip Advisor’s review pages, will introduce popular hot spring resorts in the seven prefectures of Kyushu.
In 2018 this city hotel celebrated the 70th year since its founding, while the hotel is heading towards its 55th year since it was opened and is the embodiment of the Kagoshima city hotel. Being located on a hill, Shiroyama, and overlooking the city area of Kagoshima, the view from the hotel is exceptional.
In particular, the open-air bath, which draws from a hot spring sourced from 1000m underground, creates a space of healing where you can take a bath while looking out over Sakurajima. You can also enjoy delicious meals from various restaurants, including Japanese, Chinese and French cuisines.
Selected as accommodation for JR Kyushu’s luxury cruise train, the “Seven Stars in Kyushu,” this is a hot spring inn that is garnering a lot of attention. There are 15 guest rooms, with four that have private outdoor baths, of which the modern types are particularly popular.
Built along the Amorigawa river valley, it boasts seven hot spring water sources. You can enjoy fresh water hot springs and the location is characterized by big baths, open air baths, and so on built close to the hot spring water sources.
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This is a hot spring inn positioned in the Ibuki hot spring, located at the southern tip of the Satsuma peninsula, that is brimming with Japanese atmosphere. Taking 1st place in the cuisine section of “100 hotels and Japanese inns selected by professionals,” which is published by a travel newspaper, for 34 years running, this inn is renowned nationwide for being a lodging with superb food.
This naturally flowing hot spring protects your skin and considered to be good for regulating melanin. It is often referred to as the “hot spring of beautiful skin.”
Located at the north foot of Mt. Aso, the Kurokawa hot spring is a small scale hot spring that nevertheless receives one million tourists each year and is one of the most popular hot spring resorts in the country. As one of the many inns scattered around the hot spring town, Oyadonoshiyu is a relatively new Japanese style inn that was established in 1998. Beginning from the outdoor baths that take advantage of the mountain valley nature and are overflowing with rustic atmosphere, all 11 rooms are fitted with heaths and sunken kotatsu and exude a country charm. It has received voices of acclaim for its Japanese banquets created by an eminent chef that focuses on seasonal tastes rather than locally produced ingredients.
The outdoor baths that make use of the mountain nature and are full of nostalgia, along with the private baths that grant a feeling of privacy, are particularly popular.
This is a resort hotel built along the concept of a “luxury liner floating in the sky.” Located in Unzen Amakusa National Park, this building was originally used as an observatory and is impressive due to its design, which sought to protrude it out from the tip of the cape. After enjoying an Italian dinner utilizing large amounts of brand ingredients from places like Kumamoto and Amakusa, you can indulge in a relaxing adult time in the pool lounge.
Every room is fitted with an outdoor bath that allows you to soak in the skin-friendly Matsushima hot spring water while looking out on the scenic “Amakusa Matsushima.”
This stand-alone hotel inn is nestled quietly in a forest located a little far off from the Kurokawa hot spring town. Built on a vast site of 9,900 square meters, it has a mere 16 rooms making it an inn of luxurious design. As a place where you can spend time in absolute privacy, it has numerous repeat visitors from Japan and abroad.
It should be noted that the “medicinal water” and “beautiful skin water” is drawn from two in-house sources and create a 100% naturally flowing hot spring. The outdoor bath that allows you to bathe while being wrapped in the silence of nature is exceptional, while the seasonal changing view of fresh green, autumn leaves and so on are also captivating.
This is a popular business hotel that has opened almost 70 locations Japan wide. Opened in May 2017, the “Dormy Inn Miyazaki” was the prefecture’s first of these hotels and boasts the capacity to allow guests to enjoy staying in the city while enjoying natural hot springs at reasonable accommodation rates. Along with business travelers, recently guests who have been using the hotel as a base for sightseeing in Miyazaki have also been increasing.
The guest rooms are impeccably clean and simple and are fitted with Simmons beds that melt away the day’s exhaustion. Along with that, you can enjoy a breakfast buffet that consists of about 50 different dishes that include local cuisine from Miyazaki.
The “Phoenix Seagaia Resort” is a large resort facility that spreads out along the Hitotsuba Coast. The Sheraton Grande Ocean Resort towers at the center as one of its accommodation buildings. Its 736 rooms consist of a variety of types, from western-style rooms to Japanese-style rooms and all have an ocean view.
Each room has a bathroom but if you feel like mixing things up you can also enjoy the hotel’s “Shosenkyu” hot spring. There you can experiences hot spring facilities full of Japanese atmosphere and the reserved open air bath is a naturally flowing hot spring sourced from a water supply 1000 meters underground.
This is a southern region style resort hotel which can boast to possess the largest scale hot spring among Aoshima hot springs. Its distinguishing feature is its “observatory hot spring large public bath” that overlooks the Hyuga-nada sea. Drawing water from an independently established source, the spring quality is a weakly alkaline hydrogen carbonate spring that has an exceptionally relaxing effect.
There is no doubt that your mind and body will be healed by soaking in the spacious bathtub while looking out at the great ocean and sunset. As a sightseeing area where outdoor activities and marine sports are popular, one-day bathing visits are also welcome. Please stop by when you are in the neighborhood.
This classic hotel opened in 1935. It blends into the nature of Unzen, which was designated Japan’s first national park, and is built in a Swiss Chalet style that incorporates mountain hut type architecture. It has been designated as a registered tangible cultural asset of the country.
Along with being able to enjoy the naturally flowing Unzen Hell hot spring, which boasts over 1000 years of history, you can also enjoy the highly regarded authentic French and Japanese cuisine that is made using locally sourced ingredients. You can experience meticulous heartfelt hospitality that only such a traditional, formal hotel that has been handed down for more than 80 years since its foundation, can offer.
This is a lodging that boasts of naturally flowing natural springs sourced from the Unzen Hell. For dinner you can enjoy a traditional Japanese banquet consisting of numerous delicacies from the Shimabara Peninsula. As the hotel is replete with restaurants and souvenir corners, you can leisurely relax the entire time while wearing a yukata.
Along with an open-air bath with a view of the mountains and a large public bath that can boast to be the largest hot spring in Unzen with its own indoor bath, you can enjoy two types of open-air and public baths that interchange between male and female use.
This is a long-established hot spring inn that was founded in 1929. Dinner created using plenty of seasonal ingredients is brought to your room and from each room you can gaze out at the Unzen Hell and the largest Japanese garden in Unzen.
The hot spring known as the “beautiful skin hot spring” sources its milky water from Daikyokan Jigoku, which spouts the highest climbing steam plumes, and Jaken Jigoku. Immersing yourself in an outdoor bath while looking out at the magnificent natural view is a great way to relieve the tiredness from your travels.
This is a resort consisting of five detached homes located in Yufuin. The monthly changing dinner is a creative Japanese banquet that uses local ingredients such as Kyushu Kuroge Wagyu beef and locally raised chicken. The attention to detail on each dish, along with the volume is given full marks by visitors.
All rooms are fitted with semi-open-air baths and there is a hot spring that mixes two water sources that well up from within the premises which allows you to enjoy the naturally flowing water 24 hours a day.
This lodging takes pride in the creative cuisine that the owner chef treats and serves to a mere 10 groups per day. When you enter the wooden two-story building overflowing with Japanese atmosphere, you find yourself in a unique space surrounded by numerous art pieces. All 10 guest rooms contain a dining room for meals and a relaxing Japanese style room with a twin bed.
There are two indoor and two open-air baths that you can reserve, making it the perfect place for two people to spend some private time together.
This is a lodging built along the coast overlooking Beppu Bay, with every room having an ocean view. The modern rooms are all fitted with open-air baths in which you can enjoy the naturally flowing hot springs. In addition to this, there are two large public baths that have a spectacular view.
The facilities are replete, with restaurants offering Japanese banquets, seafood cuisine and so on, along with cafes, spas, beauty salons, and more. You can spend a luxurious time while looking out onto the ocean.
This is a modern lodging that was renewed in 2010. From the open-air bath located on the top floor, you can enjoy the view of the Ureshino townscape and the star filled sky at night. Along with that, in the basement, you can enjoy a space of healing created by a UK flower show gold medal winning Japanese gardener.
The cuisine is created by a successor of Shijouryuuhouchoushiki (a traditional Japanese culinary art form of filleting a fish or fowl without touching it with one’s hands), a tradition that has existed since the Heian period. The staff’s hospitality is another great appeal of this lodge.
While this inn has a long history, the luxury hotel style inner hall is enchanting. Yet, there are Showa era toys arranged everywhere, which gives the place a retro feel.
In the structure’s east building every room is fitted with an open-air bath and in the west building the timber of the Japanese style rooms creates a sense of warmth. As the rooms are divided into four different concepts, you can enjoy a fresh atmosphere every time you visit. As for hot springs, there is a large number, including a public and open-air bath, along with eight more kinds of private open-air baths. By enjoying the baths according to your preference, you can fully indulge in the hot spring experience.
This is a mountain resort slightly remote from Ureshino’s hot spring town and built along a scenic mountain stream. As a mountain villa, each bright and airy room is fitted with Scandinavian furniture and all have two adjoining spaces making it a wonderfully cozy lodging.
Aside from the superb view that is surrounded by greenery, the serenity of the river and overflowing with chirping birds, the pride of the inn is the large open air bath that boasts to be the largest in Ureshino. As a place where you can enjoy a hot bath while feeling surrounded by the forest, it is popular for those who are seeking a refreshing experience in a peaceful environment.
This is a hotel that is a 1-minute walk from Gion Station on the Fukuoka City Subway Airport Line and, being one station away from Hakata Station, it is convenient for both business and sightseeing. Simmons made beds are placed in every room and you can heal the fatigue from the day by bathing in the large public hot spring bath.
The hot spring pumps water from a natural source 900m below ground. The hotel also offers a highly regarded breakfast buffet that contains Hakata specialties such as mentaiko and chicken mizutaki (boiled chicken and vegetables that are eaten after being dipped in a special sauce).
Located on the boundary between Hakata Bay and the Genkai Sea, Shikanoshima is connected to the mainland by a sandbank and for that reason it can be accessed by car or hotel shuttle bus. There is lodging on the northern part of the island and the coast, which also becomes a beach, spreads out before your eyes.
All rooms have an ocean view and if the weather is good, the sunset going over the horizon is mesmerizing. In the open-air bath that looks out over the Genkai Sea, you can enjoy the only hot spring on the island.
A hotel with a 24-hour “super sento” public bath, the sleeping accommodations include not only Japanese and Western style rooms but also nap rooms and relaxing rooms where you can pass the time.
The large public bath contains water carried in daily from hot springs in Takeo, Saga Prefecture and Yufuin, Oita Prefecture. Located close to Fukuoka Airport, if you contact them in advance they will come pick you up at the airport and they also have a shuttle bus that can take you into Hakata.
Kyushu has more hot springs competing for business than any other location in Japan, all of which are so alluring that it is difficult to choose just one. Why not make a visit to enjoy a tour brimming with the atmosphere of rising steam and luxurious, renowned hot springs?