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Welcome! OnsenExpress is devoted to helping travelers obtain reliable information on Japan's hot springs. OnsenExpress went live in early November. For the next four to six weeks, the site will be fully functional, but in the background, we will be tinkering.

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Green Tea Café

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Travel Desk

Soon, the OnsenExpress Travel Desk will be ready to help you make advance reservations at hotels and ryokan in Japan.

If you are interested to know more, contact us and we'll let you know you when the Travel Desk opens.

Super Natural and Wild

Some of Japan's most beautiful onsen are located deep in the country's back woods or within its National Parks. Add a bit of nature to your onsen trip. Read more...

Mixed-Bathing Options

Our guide to traditional onsen will help families and couples plan an onsen trip where men, women, and kids can all bath together. Everyone into the pool! Read more...

Honeymoon Picks

Choosing the right onsen is almost as difficult as finding that perfect someone. You've done your job, now let us do ours. Read more...


These cost-cutting strategies will help you enjoy the best of Japan's onsen without spending a fortune. Read more...

Top 20 Onsen in Japan

Even though we love them all, we love some onsen more than others. Our little black book listing our favorite sites has been found! Read more...

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