Onsen Bike Tour – Relax in the Hot Springs like a local

The Onsen (温泉) is a Japanese bathhouse that sources its water from a local hot spring. It is the quintessential vessel of relaxation in Japan. So much so that even the local monkeys partake in soaking in the warm mineral-rich water from the surrounding volcanoes.

From refined bathhouses of treasured onsen towns to natural onsen baths hidden in the countryside, Japan has no shortage of amazing hot spring experiences! See for yourself why public onsen are a way of life in Japan.

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Iron-rich onsen on Mt Akagi on the Tour of the North Alps – Sacred Lakes and Volcanoes

Discover all kinds of onsens during the tour

Onsens come in a variety of styles and their aesthetic designs vary from beautiful masonry and stonework to traditional woodwork. Further, different regions contain distinct minerals in their water. It is thought that each mineral mix offers unique healing properties.

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A seaside rotemburo bath on the Tour of the Setouchi Sea – Hiroshima’s Islands of Peace

Unique onsens of Japan’s countrysides

Bathhouses often host multiple baths of varying design, materials, and temperature. The art of moving from one bath to another creates a wonderful relaxing experience. Warm baths for long soaks, hot baths to warm the body, cold baths to contrast, and our personal favorite, outdoor baths known as the rotenburo.

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Three rotenburo on the Tour of the Japanese countryside

The rotenburo (露天風呂) is truly an amazing combination. Cool crisp air, warm nourishing water, beautiful gardens, nature, and breathtaking views of an outside bath–it’s truly a one-of-a-kind experience!

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Rotenburo with views of Mt Norikura, the highest road in Japan, on the Tour of the Japanese Alps

Ride, relax, repeat

At Bike Tour Japan, we believe that each day deserves an incredible onsen experience, so we make sure that all of our ryokan have fantastic baths for our guests to relax in. It’s the perfect way to unwind after several hours in the saddle.

Look for the symbol ♨ on a sign or map to lead you to your next onsen experience. They are prevalent in the Japanese countryside, and one of the main reasons we think all visitors to Japan should take time away from major cities to soak in the countryside!

Below are a few more of the different types of baths that we visit on our tours.

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Historic Rotenburo with garden in Ikaho Onsen Town on Day 7 of Ashikaga Training Camp
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2,000m elevation at the Utsukushigahara Highlands in The Japanese Alps

Come on tour with and see why the onsen experience is one that can’t be missed! Check out our upcoming group guided adventures:

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