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Looking for onsen hot springs near Tokyo & Yokohama? Want to get away for a relaxing dip in a traditional Japanese bath and make it back to the city in time for dinner? Actually you may want to stay for dinner as both of the places we describe below have wonderful food in addition to natural hot spring mineral baths.
Many people living or visiting in the Tokyo or Kanagawa area head straight to Hakone for a soak, passing through Odawara without realizing that they have zipped by one of the nicer places for a day trip or a weekend stay. The Hilton Odawara Resort & Spa is just 35 minutes from Tokyo station if you would take the shikansen (bullet train) or about one hour via the Tokkaido or Odakyu Dentsetsu lines. The hotel is reminiscent of something in Hawaii – relaxing environment high up on a hillside with an amazing view of the ocean and surrounding area. This place has a natural hot spring in the traditional Japanese style, but there is much more. They boast a giant indoor “Bade Zone” which houses numerous baths and swimming pools.
There is an aesthetic salon with massage and other treatments and a stone spa where you lay down and let the soothing dry heat penetrate your body. If you feel like getting some exercise, they have a gym, table tennis, indoor and outdoor tennis courts, a driving range and an 18 hole putting course. All of this is available at reasonable rates for hotel guests and day visitors. HealthyTokyo Premium Members receive a 15% discount off of most of the facility fees. If you are too relaxed to go home, this is a Hilton hotel with wonderful newly remodeled modern Japanese rooms and picturesque ocean views to keep you dreaming. If you are able to go during the week, the room prices tend to be less than on the weekends and of course fewer people using the onsen hot springs and other relaxation facilities.
Another great hot spring nearby Tokyo to visit for the day is Enoshima Island Spa. This place has amazing views of Mt. Fuji and the ocean from the pools and onsen hot springs. Located near Kamakura on the Shonan coast, the hot spring water is pumped from 1,500 meters below the ocean. Spa packages are available with aroma oil massages, shiatsu, facials, detox , mud wraps and other soothing treatments. Once again HealthyTokyo Premium Members get special deals on entrance fees, spa packages and some food items. Speaking of food The Island Grill Restaurant offers a variety of courses with fresh seafood, veggies and other enticing ingredients, many of them from local farmers and fisherman.
Enoshima Island Spa and Hilton Odawara Spa & Resort, two locations with onsen hot springs easily reached from Tokyo or Yokohama. Go for a relaxing day or two to refresh before you return to the Tokyo grind or head back to your home country with your memories of Japanese onsen spa hospitality.