Looking for a mixed onsen in Japan?
Have you always wanted to enjoy hot springs as a couple or family, but accommodation with en-suite private onsen are beyond your budget?
You may want to consider going for a Japan mixed onsen experience, at more affordable prices!
It ia an amazing experience at lower prices, but to be naked in an onsen with strangers… of the opposite gender?! I understand.
Luckily for us, there’s this nifty invention: wearable towel with straps!
In Japan, mixed onsens will usually provide these towels for the comfort, convenience and privacy of guests enjoying the hot springs.
Onsen enthusiast Wen is going to share all the best mixed gender onsens throughout all regions in Japan, so we can steam ourselves like happy dumplings!
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23 Mixed Gender Onsens In Japan
1. Kotan-no-yu, Hokkaido
2. Sounkyo Kankou Hotel, Hokkaido
3. Sukayu, Tohoku
4. Oosawa Onsen, Tohoku
5. Kyounso, Tohoku
6. Hatcho-no-yu, Kanto
7. Manza Prince Hotel, Kanto
8. Manza Kogen Hotel, Kanto
9. Hoshi Onsen Chojukan, Kanto
10. Sekizenkan, Kanto
11. Gorokaku, Kanto
12. Omaru Onsen Ryokan, Kanto
13. Yusakaso, Kanto
14. Yumori Tanakaya, Kanto
15. Yunohana Ryokan Manza, Kanto
16. Yamagatakan, Chubu
17. Tagawa Ryusenkaku, Chubu
18. Hikyo-no-yado Yuki-Akari, Chubu
19. Hamachidori-no-yu Kaishu, Kansai
20. Sansuikan Kawayu Midoriya, Kansai
21. Yunosuke-no-yado Chorakuen, Chugoku
22. Hotel Kazurabashi, Shikoku
23. Ryokan Sanga, Kyushu
Mixed Onsens In Hokkaido
By the shores of Lake Kussharo in Teshikaga, western Hokkaido, there’s an outdoor stone bath available 24 hours – completely free of charge!
Visitors can enjoy beautiful dusks during golden hour, surrounded by nature.
While there are separate changing rooms, the mixed onsen is only separated by one large boulder as pictured above.
As such, bathing towels and swimsuits are allowed. However, there are no amenities or bathing essentials so do bring your own. Kotan-no-yu is closed during bad weather, and for cleaning on Tuesdays and Fridays.
Train from Sapporo > Kushiro > Kawayu Onsen > bus to Kotan Bunki
- From Sapporo station, take JR Limited Express Super Ozora to Kushiro station
- From Kushiro, take the JR Senmo line to Kawayu Onsen station
- From Kawayu Onsen, take the Akan bus and alight at Kotan Bunki stop
Located in Asahikawa at the center of Hokkaido, Sounkyo Kankou hotel features both cedar and stone open-air baths in the Sounkyo Onsen area.
Their “Utari” mixed onsen is one of the largest in Hokkaido at 300 square meters, which can accommodate large groups of family and friends.
The mixed onsen also overlooks a canyon with cliffs stretching 24km across the Ishikari River of Daisetsuzan National Park, accompanied by the sound of the flowing river right next to the hotel.
Bathing suits are provided to all, including children, for families to enjoy “Utari” together.
Train from Sapporo > Kamikawa > bus to Sukayu
- From Sapporo station, take the Ltd. Exp. Okhotsk train to Kamikawa station
- From Kamikawa Bus Terminal, board Dohoku bus to Sounkyo Kankou Hotel
Mixed Onsens in Tohoku
Known for their “hiba sennin-buro” (cypress 1000-person bath), Sukayu is at the foot of Mt. Hakkoda near the Towada-Hachimantai National Park in Aomori.
The original, rustic building offers a nostalgic glimpse into the olden days of communal bathing.
The facility is made from locally sourced cypress wood of Aomori Prefecture and houses 5 different baths, the size of a tennis court at 260 square meters!
Wooden privacy screens and women-only timings are also available for the comfort of guests new to mixed onsen.
From JR Aomori or Shin-Aomori > shuttle or JR bus to Sukayu
- Overnight guests can reserve the shuttle departing Aomori station at 10:15 and 14:00
- Alternatively, take the JR bus at east exit of JR Aomori or Shin-Aomori Station
- JR bus departs 08:00, 10:00 and 12:00, priced at JPY1,400/adult (USD11)
Oosawa Onsen is home to 3 different inns in the Hanamaki region of Iwate, by the Toyosawa river with amazing views.
There’s the modern Sansuikaku, thatch-roofed Kikusuikan and traditional Toujiya where guests can enjoy a long-term stay.
The inns are connected with bridges and corridors which allow guests to pass through and enjoy the wide variety of onsen.
While the largest mixed onsen is public and accessible to all guests, each inn offers exclusive onsen reserved only for their own guests.
A good reason to stay a night in all 3!
Train from Tokyo > Shin-Hanamaki > bus to Oosawa Onsen
- From Tokyo Station, take JR Tohoku Shinkansen to Shin-Hanamaki Station
- At Shin-Hanamaki, transfer to the shuttle bus and alight at Oosawa Onsen
Kyounso can be found at Matsukawa Onsen district within Hachimantai National Park in Iwate. This hot spring inn is secluded and surrounded by beech and oak forest.
The colorless and transparent water source changes to a rare greenish, milky white from the moment it touches the air and shines like liquid emerald at night.
Day visitors can access the bath for only JPY600 (USD5) from 08:00 to 19:00. JPY800 (USD6) to include access to the resting hall from 10:00 to 15:00.
A lunch menu is available and guests should order at the front desk before 11:00 to be served at 12:00 noon in the hall.
Train from Tokyo > Morioka > bus to Matsukawa Onsen
- Train from Tokyo station to JR Morioka station
- At JR Morioka Station East Exit of No. 3, transfer to Iwate Kenpoku Bus
- Alight at Matsukawa Onsen
Mixed Onsens in Kanto
While modern Japanese laws prohibit mixed onsen in Tokyo, here are 10 other options in the Kanto region easily accessible on day-trips and weekends from the metropolis.
Fun fact: Canadian wood was imported to build this mountain lodge, located at an altitude of 1,300 meters in Nikko, Tochigi with a hot spring source that is 100% natural.
Hatcho-no-yu has 3 mixed onsen plus a women-only outdoor bath, all with waterfall views surrounded by a forest of beech and nullah trees.
Day visitors should most definitely consider the “1-day Hot Springs” package, which includes lunch and transport at a great value of JPY3,500 (USD27)!
Alternatively, it is JPY800 (USD6) for access only. Their shuttle departs from Meotobuchi station at 09:30 and 10:00 (advance reservation by phone required).
Train from Shinjuku/Asakusa > Kinugawa Onsen > bus to Meotobuchi > shuttle to Hatcho-no-yu
- Train from JR Shinjuku or Asakusa to Kinugawa Onsen station
- At Kinugawa Onsen station, take municipal bus to Meotobuchi
- At Meotobuchi, board the shuttle service for overnight visitors and day visitors who reserved 1-day Hot Springs package
Manza Prince Hotel is a stylish onsen resort in Tsumagoi, Gunma.
At an elevation of 1,800 meters, there are phenomenal views of steam rising from the area’s hot springs. Guests can enjoy this while unwinding at the open-air onsen “Komakusa-no-yu”, pictured above.
There are a total of 6 outdoor hot springs, including one mixed onsen and multiple gender-segregated baths. Guests can purchase the “Onsen Tour Pass” ticket at the front desk, which entitles holders to free access to all hot springs in the Manza onsen district.
Train from Tokyo > Karuizawa > shuttle to Manza Prince Hotel
- From Tokyo, take the train to Karuizawa station on Hokuriku Shinkansen Line
- Board the free shuttle bus from Karuizawa station to Manza Prince Hotel
Over 400 years old, Manza Kogen Hotel is an ideal mix of value, comfort and convenience. Perfect as a family-friendly accommodation in Tsumagoi, Gunma!
This is also a popular choice of accommodation for snow sports enthusiasts after an active day on nearby slopes.
There’s a large outdoor bath facility with seven mixed onsen and one female-only bath. Overlooking a mountain stream, the ‘Sekitei Rotenburo’ features a number of rock baths renowned for their quality spring water and plentiful flows at Manza Kogen Hotel.
Train from Tokyo > Karuizawa > shuttle to Manza Prince Hotel
- From Tokyo, take the train to Karuizawa station on Hokuriku Shinkansen Line
- Board the free shuttle bus from Karuizawa station to Manza Kogen Hotel
Chojukan is a stand-alone inn with secluded hot springs located in Hoshi Onsen, Joshinetsu-kogen National Park.
At 140 years old, the establishment is also a nationally registered tangible cultural property due to the large mixed onsen styled after the Rokumeikan building in the Meiji period.
Their lunch set “Hoshi Gozen” is available from 10:30 to 14:00 at JPY5,500 (USD42). Price includes tax, bathing fee, lunch, and resting fee.
Availability is limited so remember to reserve early and avoid disappointment! Otherwise, it is JPY1,000 (USD8) for access only. Ladies-only timing is 08:00 to 10:00 in the morning.
Train from Tokyo > Jomo-Kogen > bus to Sarugakyo > bus to Hoshi Onsen
- From Ueno station in Tokyo, take the Joetsu Shinkansen to Jomo-Kogen station
- From Jomo-Kogen, transfer onto bus to Sarugakyo
- At Sarugakyo, board the municipal bus to Hoshi Onsen
Have you watched the movie “Spirited Away”? Sekizenkan is a hotel in Gunma which served as a model for Hayao Miyazaki’s titular Ghibli film, and as a filming location for local productions.
A beautiful hot spring inn serving as inspiration for movies!
Additionally, their hot spring water is well-known as “the cure for 40,000 illnesses” with its high quality. [As of May 2022] The mixed onsen is temporarily unavailable but both of their private onsen can be rented at JPY3,300 (USD25) for 45 minutes.
Train from Tokyo > Nakanojo > bus to Shima Onsen
- From Tokyo Ueno station, board the Shin-tokkyu Kusatsu-go (New Limited Express Kusatsu) to Nakanojo Station
- Transfer to bus at Nakanojo station and alight at Shima Onsen
Gorokaku in Oigami Onsen, Gunma is known for the beautiful scenery from their mixed onsen “Akagi no Yu”, listed as one of the top 100 national open-air onsen worth visiting in Japan.
There are a total of six hot springs overlooking the valley: 2 mixed onsen, 1 private onsen for rent and 3 communal onsen separated by gender.
Both mixed onsen offer ladies-only timing in late evenings or early mornings.
The private onsen can be rented at JPY550 (USD4) for 30 minutes by hotel guests between 14:00 and 22:00 and 08:30 until checkout. It is also available to day visitors between 12:00 and 14:30 at JPY1,100 (USD8) for 30 minutes.
Train from Tokyo > Jomo-Kogen > shuttle to Gorokaku
- Take the Tokyo-Joetsu Shinkansen to Jomo-Kogen station
- Transfer onto shuttle from Jomo-Kogen station to Gorokaku (reservation on phone required by 15:00 the day before)
A hidden hot spring inn, Omaru Onsen Ryokan was built at 1,300m above sea level on Nasu Plateau in Nasu-shiobara.
Enjoy the most abundant supply of natural, wild river hot springs that flow from the source of Okunasu!
The lone building houses 3 mixed onsen, 3 ladies baths, 1 men’s bath and also a private onsen reserved for guests. Day visitors pay JPY1,000 (USD8) for entry between 11:30 to 14:30.
Certain days of the week are blocked for day visitors so do call to confirm availability beforehand.
Train from Tokyo > JR Nasu-Shiobara > shuttle bus to Oomaru Onsen Ryokan
- Shuttle is complimentary but requires reservation 2 days before
- Shuttle departs Nasu-Shiobara station at 12;40, 13:40 and 14:45
- Inform shuttle attendant your destination (Oomaru Onsen Ryokan) and name
For mixed gender onsen near Tokyo, Yusakasou offers the nearest and the only mixed onsen in Hakone Yumoto Onsen district.
Surrounded by a beautiful Japanese garden with rocks from all over the country, guests can enjoy a forest bath within the mountains of Hakone accompanied by sounds of nature and chirping birds.
There are 4 types of bath including a private onsen made of cypress wood, which may be reserved for free (30 minutes) at the reception.
Just note that the mixed onsen is available for ladies-only from 20:00 to 21:00 at night, and closed after midnight for safety.
Shinjuku > Odakyu train > Hakone Tozan bus > Yusakaso
- Take the Hakone Tozan Route Bus “Hakone Kyukaido-sen (K Line)”
- Exit the ticket gate and cross the “exit on the left” promenade
- Go down the stairs and there is a bus stop 50m to the left
- Please board at Yumoto station platform 4 and alight at “Tai no Chaya Bus Stop”
Located in popular onsen resort Shiobara by the Hokigawa river in Tochigi, Yumori Tanakaya has eight different free-flowing natural hot spring baths which include a cypress bath, and an outdoor mixed onsen.
Day-trips are currently unavailable as the open-air mixed onsen is under repairs and scheduled to reopen in the summer of 2022.
The cypress onsen overflows with water directly from the source and offers unblocked scenery of the ravine, available from 06:00 to 19:20 and gender-segregated between 15:00 and 19:20.
Guests can also reserve this as a private onsen for 45 minutes at JPY2,200 (USD17) with the reception starting from 19:30.
Train from Tokyo > JR Nasushiobara > shuttle to Yumori Tanakaya
- From Tokyo station, board Shinkansen Nasuno Exp. to JR Nasushiobara station
- From JR Nasushiobara Station West Exit, take the 15:30 shuttle bus to Yumori Tanakaya (reserve by 18:00 the day before)
Within the Manza Onsen district in Gunma, Yunohana Ryokan is the only place in Japan where you can enjoy a bath infused with Ganoderma mushroom – also known as Reishi, Lingzhi or “Saru no Koshikake” in Japanese.
This fungi is reputed to be therapeutic and healing, for both the body and mind.
The traditional and rustic inn also has an outdoor mixed onsen overlooking the magnificent mountains leading to Motoshirane.
Day visitors can access the onsen from 10:00 to 15:00 at JPY700 (USD5). Weekdays may be crowded as this area is popular with hikers foraging for wild plants.
Train from Tokyo > Takasaki > Manza-Kawaguchi > bus Yunohana Ryokan
- From Tokyo, take Shinkansen Toki Exp to Takasaki and transfer to JR Agatsuma line to Manza-Kawaguchi station
- Then take the Seibu Kogen Bus from Manza-Kazawaguchi Station to Yunohana Ryokan
As we can see, the lack of coed onsen in Tokyo is no loss with so many other wonderful choices in the Kanto region – all of which are very accessible and serve as great excuses to escape the capital for some relaxation in nature.
Mixed Onsens in Chubu
Within the Kawaura Onsen district of Yamanashi, Yamagatakan offers 12 different baths for guests to enjoy watching the clear streams of Fuefuki river and the colors of the mountains from the outdoor onsen made of giant cypress trees.
Their Shingen-ko rock bath is a mixed onsen from sunrise until 10:00. 10:00 to 16:00 is reserved for men, and ladies-only timing is from 16:00 to 18:00, then ending with mixed onsen again from 18:30 to 22:00.
Both private onsens can be rented at JPY3,300 (USD25) for 60 minutes. Day trips are currently unavailable until further notice.
Train from Shinjuku > Enzan > shuttle to Yamagatakan
- From JR Shinjuku, take Kaiji Ltd Exp on Chuo line and alight at Enzan station
- Shuttle services from Enzan Station North Exit at 14:10, 15:10, 16:10 (reservation required)
15km southwest of Kanazawa, we find six outdoor hot springs in a rice field overlooking Mt. Haku in the south. They are the specialty of Tagawa Ryusenkaku, a hot spring inn around the Tatsunokuchi Onsen district in Ishikawa.
“Tanbo-no-Yu”, their acclaimed mixed onsen with a water source that springs from the center of the rice field, is available from 15:00 to 22:00. Note that all onsen are unavailable in the mornings and may also be closed during bad weather.
Train from Tokyo > Kanazawa > Komatsu or Matto > Shuttle to Tagawa Ryusenkaku
- Train from Tokyo to Kanazawa station, then transfer to JR Komatsu or Matto station
- Reservation required for shuttle
- Shuttle from JR Matto station departs 15:15, 16:30, 17:30
- Shuttle from JR Komatsu departs 14:10, 15:10, 16:15, 17:40
We play and swim in the river during summer to cool off, but ever heard of warming up in a river during snowy winter? Most likely not.
The large amount of hot water at 54°C turns the flowing Uono river into a natural hot spring at Kiriake Onsen in Akiyamago, Nagano!
Hikyo-no-yado Yuki-Akari is only 2 minutes away from this river hot spring. With two indoor baths and an outdoor mixed onsen of its own, Yuki-Akari is a great place to stay and experience this natural wonder with loved ones.
Train from Tokyo to Echigo-Yuzawa > bus to Tsunan > Mitama > shuttle to Yuki-Akari
- From Echigo-Yuzawa station, take the bus to Tsunan-choyakubamae
- From Tsunan-choyakubamae, board the bus to Mitama
- From Mitama, take the Morimiya Kotsu Bus shuttle to Kiriake Onsen
- Reservation by phone required by 17:00 the day before by specifying ” Mitama to Kiriake Onsen Yuki-Akari”, shuttle will wait for your bus to arrive at Mitama
Mixed Onsens in Kansai
Although it is unfortunate there are no mixed onsen in Kyoto, Hamachidori-no-yu Kaishuu is the nearest option sitting right on the Pacific Ocean in Shirahama Onsen, Wakayama.
Shirahama Onsen is also the third oldest hot spring in Japan, with a history of more than 1,300 years.
The inn houses 3 different hot springs overlooking the Pacific ocean, each with their own distinctive ambience.
The mixed onsen is closest to the coast, where you can feel at one with the open sky and sea. There’s also 3 private onsens available anytime if vacant, no reservation required.
Train from Shin-Osaka > Shirahama > bus or shuttle to Hamachidori-no-yu Kaishu
- From Shin-Osaka to JR Shirahama station on Kinokuni line, then either:
- Transfer to the local bus for “Sandanbeki” and alight at “Sogen no Yu”
- Take the free shuttle bus, regular and no reservation required
If you’re still disappointed there’s no mixed bath onsen in Kyoto, let the beautiful outdoor onsen facing Ohto River in Wakayama at Sansuikan Kawayu Midoriya cheer you right up.
There’s a large mixed onsen with a view of the Ohto River and an outdoor onsen on the riverbank surrounded by the nature of Kumano, another natural river hot spring.
The Kawayu Onsen winter specialty “Sennin Furo” (1000-person bath) is about a 7-minute walk away.
The water source of about 65°C springs from the bottom of the Oto River, and the temperature adjusts to about 40°C from December to the end of February. A natural wonder of river hot springs.
Train from Shin-Osaka > Kii-Tanabe > bus to Kawayu Onsen
- From Shin-Osaka station, get off at Kii-Tanabe Station on the JR Kisei Line, then bus to Kawayu Onsen
- From Nagoya Station, take the JR Kisei Main Line and get off at Shingu Station, then bus to Kawayu Onsen
Thankfully, both Hamachidori-no-yu Kaishu and Sansuikan Kawayu Midoriya in the Kansai region more than make up for the lack of mixed gender onsen in Kyoto – with their distinctive ocean views and natural river hot springs.
Mixed Onsens in Chugoku
Yunosuke-no-yado Chorakuen is located in the center of the Tamatsukuri Onsen Spa area.
As suggested by the name, Chorakuen was founded by Yunosuke about 1,300 years ago. His descendants inherited the legacy and the family continue running the hot spring inn today.
“Ryugu-no-yu” is their huge mixed onsen completed in 1909, always supplied with fresh flowing hot springs. At 400 square meters, this is the largest mixed onsen facility in Japan! There is also 1 private bath for rent and 4 guest rooms with attached outdoor onsen available.
Train from Izumo > Matsue > Tamatsukuri Onsen > Shuttle to Chorakuen
- Take the train from Izumo airport to Matsue station
- At Matsue station, take the JR Sanin-Honsen and alight at Tamatsukuri Onsen
- Board the shuttle to Yunosuke-no-yado Chorakuen
- Shuttle departs at 15:30 or 18:30 (call to reserve the day before)
Mixed Onsen in Shikoku
Within the Shin-Iya Onsen district in Tokushima, guests of Hotel Kazurabashi can travel up a hillside by cable car to outdoor onsen on a cliff overlooking the famed Iya valley.
There’s a total of 3 outdoor onsen – one mixed onsen and one for each gender.
Day visitors are also welcome to use all onsen between 10:00 to 16:00 for approximately JPY1,200 (USD9).
The three small wooden buildings along a lovely path behind the hotel all contain private onsen that can be rented for 40 minutes at JPY2000 (USD15) between 15:00 to 21:00.
Train from Shin-Osaka > Okayama > Oboke > bus to Hotel Kazurabashi
- At Shin-Osaka station, take shinkansen to Okayama station
- From Okayama station, take JR Limited Express to Oboke station
- Board bus to “Hotel Kazurabashi-mae”
Mixed Onsen in Kyushu
Ryokan Sanga is found secluded in a forest along a mountain stream at Kurokawa Onsen in Kyushu.
Their two privately-owned hot springs are 100% natural and free-flowing, where one is medicinal while the other is good for our skin.
Both springs are the sources to seven different types of onsen at the inn – including outdoor baths, indoor baths, tub baths, and 3 private baths.
“Moyai-no-yu” is their mixed onsen featuring a bluish hot water surrounded by nature, pictured above.
Bus from Fukuoka or Kumamoto > bus Kurokawa Onsen > shuttle to Ryokan Sanga
- Take the bus from Fukuoka or Kumamoto to Kurokawa Onsen
- Board shuttle from Kurokawa Onsen Bus stop to Ryokan Sanga
- Please notify your arrival time for staff to greet you at the bus stop
Are There Mixed Onsen In Japan?
Yes, there are mixed onsen in Japan – known as konyoku in Japanese. Konyoku describes a mixed onsen (hot spring) in Japan and while they are still around, hot spring expert Kyoko Kitade said mixed onsen was practiced at only about 500 hot spring inns and communal baths across Japan in 2021, down from 1,200 or so in 1993.
Do You Have To Be Naked In Mixed Onsen?
Yes, everyone (male/female) is naked in mixed onsen while in the water but in Japan, onsens for mixed gender will provide wearable towels with straps (known as yugi, 湯着) for your comfort and privacy. Although uncommon, a few places also allow or even provide rental swimsuits for guests.
How Do Mixed Baths Work In Japan?
In Japan, onsen mixed baths work in such a way that the women have their own bath but can join the men on their side if they are so inclined. Most baths provide gender-segregated changing rooms and towels for everyone to cover up before entering the mixed baths. Towels can be optional when the water is milky and opaque.
Mixed Onsen Etiquette: Differences?
|Regular onsen etiquette||Mixed onsen etiquette|
|Au naturale, no towels allowed||Wearable towels or swimsuit allowed|
|Avoid staring; accidental glances OK||Absolutely NO staring or straying glances|
|Keep chatting to a minimum, low volume||Refrain from chatting up naked strangers|
And of course, remember to always shower and wash yourself clean before entering the onsen – for hygiene and courtesy.
Ladies (and gentlemen) with fabulous hair past your shoulders, keep your tresses up and out of the water with a stylish, comfortable hair band or hair towel. For safety, dry properly in the bath area before leaving.
10 Useful Items For Mixed Onsen in Japan
After going on multiple onsen trips, the following are some of the essential items I personally bring along and would recommend for an even better time while enjoying the hot springs in Japan.
- Wearable towels with shoulder straps
- Travel-sized amenity kits in case none are available nor provided
- Travel tote to bring only the necessities to changing room and onsen
- Waterproof, foldable bag to keep wet belongings separate
- Mini laundry bag for used clothing, just place in washing machine
- Coin purse to bring small change for lockers, vending machines
- Hair bands, or hair towel to keep hair up while in the water
- Exfoliating mitt or bath towel for even smoother skin after onsen
- Snack package when feeling peckish after a good, long bath
- Aromatherapy kits to further relax and unwind before sleeping
How to Book a Stay at Japan Mixed Hot Springs?
The following are some of the websites I use to book stays at hot spring inns or hotels, for more time to slowly relax and enjoy the mixed onsen overnight.
1. Book directly with the accommodation on official website or by phone
Excited To Try A Coed Onsen In Japan Now?
Now that you have exclusive insights into mixed onsen in Japan, how about planning a trip to experience a unique vacation as a couple or family?
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