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     There is one experience that unfortunately, a lot of foreign tourists to Japan (particularly westerners) refuse to even consider: Japanese Hot Springs. For those who are unfamiliar with the concept, Hot Springs (or Onsens in Japanese) are public bathing houses that allow guests to bathe in the warm and healing communal water of their all-natural hot springs. These Hot Springs often have more than one bathe and as you are supposed to use the shower stalls besides the baths to clean yourself before entering, it is more of a giant hot tub to soak in than an actual place of bathing (and yes, you are naked).

     But don’t put off Japan’s onsens as just an over glorified bathtub, especially not Fuji Yurari Onsen located at the foot of Mt. Fuji with views that will take your breath away. This higaeri onsen (day trip hot spring facility) is just twenty minutes away from of two of the Fuji five lakes; Lake Kawaguchi-ko and Lake Saiko and offers many campaign packages for guests who would like to visit other sites in the area from snowboarding locations, to lodges and much more.

     Fuji Yurari has a total of 16 baths located on the first, second and third floors (with those on the third floor being reservable private baths) all of which have excellent views of Japan’s tallest mountain. One of my favorite baths is the outdoor grotto type one on the first floor dubbed the “Sacred peak open-air bath” in English, as well as the Panorama view bath on the 3rd floor. With my body submerged in the warm water as I gazed up at Mt. Fuji, I couldn’t help but forget the passage of time. All my stress and worries seemed to mysteriously wash away with the water.

     After drying off and getting dressed again, my friends and I were certainly hungry. We then headed to the in-house restaurant Fujizakura for a delicious meal. Another amazing feature of Yurari Onsen is that they offer both vegetarian and halal menu options (the later requiring a reservation of at least 1 week in advance). And for those who book a private room to share your meal, there’s even a special little train that comes to deliver your food right at the window side!


     Our day trip to Yurari did not finish with just our meal though. Before heading home, my friends and I had one more thing to check off our lists: a massage. Fuji Yurari offers multiple different courses from head massages, oil massages and even Thai massages, plus set courses and many more.

     Fuji Yurari Onsen is certainly a place that provides a relaxing and calming environment for all its guests. Whether it be the soothing baths and great views, rental baths for those seeking privacy, English language services or even its vegetarian and Halal menu options, they strive to be the perfect spot for all who visit. Come visit Fuji Yurari Onsen today and let all your stress melt away in these fine baths at the foot of Mt. Fuji.

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Fuji Yurari Hot Spring( External link )

Open Throughout the Year 10:00am~10:00pm(Last entry 9pm)
8532-5 Narusawamura,Minamitsuru,Yamanashi 401-0320 Japan
TEL.0555-85-3126(Int'l +81-555-85-3126)


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  • April 6, 2020


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