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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.

Tastes of JAPAN by ANA

Tastes of Japan by ANA is a regional revitalization project by ANA with local regions to spread the word about Japanese treasures still unknown to Japan and beyond. Kyushu is featured from June to November 2018. Click here for details.
Kagoshima

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.

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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.

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This hotel is a large comprehensive onsen resort. The onsen bath area is well designed and maintained (changing area, wash area, indoor/outdoor baths, cold pool, and sauna). Restaurants, café, bread store, and gift shop are also on premises.The onsen outdoor baths, many guest rooms, and a large outdoor patio at the reception level all have great views of the Sakurajima volcano. The breakfast buffet offers a wide menu of Japanese and western choices. As far as we could tell, most folks come to Kagoshima to see the volcano. The Shiroyama, perched atop a hill, is a great place to view it, and you can soak in a hot spring bath at the same time. The hotel is extremely wide, orienting one side towards the volcano. Running the full width of the hotel are the longest hotel interior hallways we have ever experienced, they are however, intersected by multiple sets of elevators. If returning to Kagoshima, we can’t imagine staying anywhere else.reviewed by GlobalCitizen2

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.

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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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“I came across this hotel randomly as I have been a fan of Super Potato’s work. The hotel staff recommended us to stay in one of the western rooms and it turned out to be one of the best hotel experience I have ever had! The room consists of a living room, dining area that overlooks the river, bedroom with twin beds, kitchen and a semi outdoor onsen. I highly recommend this room for foreign visitors. The meals were prepared using mainly local produce and was beautifully presented and super delicious. Hotel staff are very attentive although communication in English was a bit of a challenge. Everything was put together perfectly throughout the entire hotel, it’s definitely an extraordinary experience for a first timer in Kirishima.”reviewed by katieng2015

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.

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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.”

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I chose Ibusuki Syusuien due to it’s the best Japanese cuisine in Ibusuki. I made the right choice. My husband and I had a memorable authentic Japanese experience. The in-house onsen, Kaiseiki Japanese cuisine & Tatami Bedroom were fantastic. It’s only few minutes walk to the sandbath. The package includes Kaiseiki dinner and breakfast, which is the highlight of the whole trip!reviewed by FancyGlobeTrotter
Kumamoto

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.

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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.

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If I come to kurokawa onsen again, I will stay here again. The room was nice and best for having experience of japanese style ryokan. The meals & bathes were excellent.I am very thank all the staffs for their kindness.reviewed by Namsik K

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.

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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.”

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Hotel is very new and clean. Scenery is very beautiful! All staffs were super polite and helpful! Food was very special and taste very good! Room was very clean and comfortable! The only drawback is quite far away from town centre. However, it means that you will live in a very quite and relax place.reviewed by MacanGTS

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.

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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.

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Situated in a quiet, idyllic environment, Ryokan Sanga has multiple private & shared hotsprings with great views. The staff is very welcoming and professional and went through great pains to make sure that we enjoyed our stay. The kaiseki-style dinner was very well presented and delicious. I could feel all stress melting away while enjoying a cup of coffee by the fireplace in the ryokan or while soaking in the hot spring by the river. Thank you Ryokan Sanga for making our stay so enjoyable and relaxing!reviewed by wanderlust2007Paris
Miyazaki

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.

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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.

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Through the hotel is a bit far away from the JR station, I think I have chosen the best hotel in Miyazaki. The price of the room is cheap. The staff are nice and helpful. The onsen is amazing and comfortable. There are plenty of shower area in the female onsen. The room is spacious and comfortable. Don’t miss the free ramen, it is yummy.reviewed by little_peg

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.

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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.

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The property was very nice. The room was very nice and had lots of space with the great view of the golf course and the ocean. I comfortably fits 4 adults with 2 double beds in a room.I tried their onsen too. Though a long walk from the main hotel, it was worth visiting.reviewed by dperez5

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.

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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.

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Very good resort hotel, felt very relaxed there. Hot spring is good & cannot be missed.reviewed by Harvey_Wong2014
Nagasaki

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.

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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.

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Stayed here in Janaury and I enjoyed every minute of the stay. The original 1935 architecture has been well maintained and preserved. Once you step into the main lobby, you feel as if you are in a time machine spinning back to the pre-war days. The main dining room is grandeur and spacious, surrounded by Belgium tapestries. Chef’s 6-course dinner was modern and delicious. The bar, library and billiard room look stately and classic, This hotel opened its doors in 1935, a few years before WWII, during the days when the expats from Shanghai’s foreign territories were visiting Mr. Unzen for their summer retreat. Eighty years later, this is still a fabulous place to stay.reviewed by Groovy-Zen66

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.

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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.

投稿者:matsuaki

A bit like Unzen itself this Hotel is in serious need of refurbishment. The staff were very friendly and there are nice outdoor baths but the rooms are in a very poor state of repair when measured against the cost, representing poor value for money. Plenty of space for a family in the tatami but the bathrooms and bath were very stained and definitely seen batter days. Japanese breakfast was really good.reviewed by GWM_11

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.

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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.

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This hot spring hotel sits right on top of geothermal activities. In fact, smoke rose up from its garden. The hot spring quality is very good. This is the only place I ever visited that gave you a small dollop of chocolate ice cream after a bath. There was a lovely garden and the room was spacious and tastefully furnished. Would love to come backreviewed by Chin Kiat C
Oita

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.

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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.

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From room, food and staff, they are really excellent. Although their room is so big, they have cleaned it thoroughly. There is no dust anywhere at all. The portion of their dinner is really quite big and we cannot finish them. I have lived in many onsen hotel before and this is the best. reviewed by Janli0104

Zen

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.

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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.

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They successfully integrated western and Japanese style, no matter in decoration or dinner. The first look is a classic Japanese front door, but then it comes with a modern gallery in the lobby, the painting is from the hired painter of Thai royal family. The room was also mixed style with a nice mountain view. There have 4 wonderful Onzen rooms (2 outdoors/ 2 indoor) you can enjoy at anytime (they have only 10 rooms, so it shouldn’t need to wait too long). The dinner was just perfect, the famous frech chef who already won many prizes and honors.reviewed by bigJohnny670

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.

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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.

投稿者:GGHolliday

We we so surpized by this amazing hotel.. Fantastic view and the food was out of this world. The Onsen was fabulous and not too hot and you can regulate the temperature. The staff is so helpful in arranging for us to go and see the Hells. Wished we stayed much longer but we will surely be back.reviewed by Mariehette L
Saga

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.

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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.

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This 9 storey hotel has a public onsen at the roof as well as at the basement. The onsens are gender separated and built in contemporary style (like shallow swimming pools). The set meals are excellent and do try the local Saga beef, amazing!reviewed by journey4one

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.

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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.

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We had a fantastic stay at Bansyoukaku Sikisima. Everything was lined up for a great experience: the staff were welcoming and very attentive, the room was fantastic, food was stellar, and the baths were lovely. We had a room for four people- two western beds and two futons. All were really comfortable. I highly recommend this place and hope to get back there!reviewed by Bunnysnaky

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.

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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.

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We stayed one night at Shiibasanso (and booked one of the rooms next to the river. Being in the midst of nature is one of the best relaxation one can ask for. Service and food are very good, especially the tofu (must try!).reviewed by SwallowTokyo
Fukuoka

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.

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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).

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]If you would like to enjoy the hot spring inside the hotel , this hotel is highly recommended. The complimentary hot spring service is a plus of this hotel. Also , the breakfast is also brilliant , which offers Fukuoka local food. The room is fair. However , the hotel is located in the city center, which allows you to access tourist spots conveniently. Overall , it is a pleasant stay.reviewed by CHENG S

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.

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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.

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We were a group of five people, four adults and one baby. We went to that hot spring resort which is quite remote from the city. If you like to enjoy quiet environment and beautiful sea view, it is a right choice for you. We booked a sea view room in which we could see the sunset. Dinner and breakfast were included in our package. The Japanese style dinner never disappoints us. The squid sashimi was fresh and delicious. We couldn’t finish the rice though. The buffet breakfast also exceeded our expectation. The natural hot spring was not large but there were not many guests. One thing I appreciated was that the staff were waving their big hands until they couldn’t see us when we were leaving the hotel by the shuttle bus. They were really professional.reviewed by JaysonLO

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.

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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.

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Public bath, onsen which came from Yufuin spring & Takao spring, herbal sauna & mint steam. With relaxed room, game corner and a lot of restaurant. Just 5 minutes ride on shutter bus service hourly. Until mid night.reviewed by kittipong t

Tastes of JAPAN by ANA

Tastes of Japan by ANA is a regional revitalization project by ANA with local regions to spread the word about Japanese treasures still unknown to Japan and beyond. Kyushu is featured from June to November 2018. Click here for details.

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?

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