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Onsen Tours of Japan

 has in the past offered up to 2 group hot spring trips per year, one in the fall and one in the spring, the latter timed to hit the cherry blossom viewing season (if possible!), when many baths are at their most beautiful. Our tours are intimate, between 6-12 people, and are geared towards learning to love and understand Japan while luxuriating in some of the country's finest onsen. The past few years it has been difficult to run a 6-12 person group tour, so please contact us directly for private tours of 3 or more people.

          We use small or medium sized Japanese-style inns, many of them with their own onsen baths. We do not use giant buses or impersonal, chain hotels. Long distance travel within Japan is done on the Shinkansen, the bullet train. All tours, dates, and prices are subject to change due to any number of conditions including exchange rates and number of people on the tour, and do not include airfare to or from Japan. A 50% deposit is required to reserve a spot in a tour, refundable only if is unable to offer the tour.

SAMPLE Tour Schedule

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Onsen Secrets in the Kumano Region (Spring) Inquire now!
This tour will highlight some of the best "secret" onsen in Wakayama Prefecture, near Osaka, including a stop at Shirahama Onsen, with its stunning oceanside rotenburos, Ryuujin Onsen, one of the three top "Bijin No Yu" (Beautifying Waters), Urashima's island cave baths, and many others. Walk along the UNESCO listed pilgrimage roads, take a river excursion, and visit shrines or markets as part of the fun. All meals, lodging, and transportation within Wakayama will be included. With the lovely cherry trees blossoming, you can't find anything more special than soaking in an onsen and looking up at the full moon. Come explore this magical and still unknown part of Japan -- the Kumano Kodo area onsen tour with
Secrets of the South (possible Fall) Inquire now!
This tour will focus on quirkier, more rustic onsen that many people -- Japanese and foreigners alike -- feel capture the true essence of what an onsen should be. This tour will uncover the best-of-the-best onsen in far south Japan, where live volcanoes still send ash plumes high into the sky. Highlights may include the sand baths of Ibusuki, in Kagoshima, Shironoyu, in Kirishima, where one can bathe in a hot mountain stream, and Kurokawa, currently one of the top rated onsen villages in all of Japan.
Private Guided Tours/Interpretation/Itinerary Planning:
If a group tour is not for you, can also arrange private guided trips or find interpreters at reasonable rates. For "Do-it-Yourself"ers who do not want a guide but who are unfamiliar with Japan's myriad of buses and trains, we are happy to arrange itineraries, verfiy bus and train schedules, and provide detailed hotel information for a fee.


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