Let’s not beat around the bush — hotels with onsen are possibly one of humanity’s greatest inventions. And while Tokyo is not exactly a hot spring destination, there are still a surprising number of hotels here that boast their own onsen. What better way to relax after a day of exploring the big city than to have a soak in a nice hot onsen? If this sounds like the perfect holiday for you, we’ve rounded up a list of some of Tokyo’s best hotels with onsen that you can book today.

Never been to an onsen before? Check out our beginner’s guide to onsen bathing here.

NOTE: Unfortunately, some hotels with onsen do not allow guests with tattoos to use their hot spring facilities. The policies vary between hotels, so please read each entry carefully for specific details. If you’re still unsure, please check with the hotel before booking. You can also check out our article on tattoo-friendly onsen near Tokyo for more hot springs you can visit.

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Summary Table

Hotel NameLocationPricePrivate Bath AvailableOpen Air BathTattoo Policy
Hotel TsukiGinza¥¥YesNoGuests with tattoos can use the private bath without cover
Hotel Tokyo Ginza EastGinza¥NoYesGuests with tattoos must cover them
Mitsui Garden NihonbashiNihonbashi¥¥NoNoGuests with tattoos must cover them
Onyado NonoAsakusa¥NoNoGuests with tattoos are not allowed to enter the public bath
Onsen Ryokan YuenShinjuku¥NoYesGuests with tattoos must cover them
Hotel Chinzanso TokyoBunkyo¥¥¥NoNoGuests with tattoos must cover them

Hotel Tsuki

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You might not think a wooden bath sounds relaxing, but Hotel Tsuki will quickly change your mind. Made of Japanese cypress, and available only to overnight guests, the private bath gives off a soothing smell that will instantly help you relax. As they say on their website, “The bath is not merely for washing the body, it is a place to heal the spirit.” After your bath, you can continue relaxing in the exclusive lounge and library. If you want to indulge in this experience, it costs ¥2,200 and must be booked in advance. Some of the rooms also have wooden baths.

Overall, Hotel Tsuki has a warm and luxurious atmosphere, making it a comfortable and relaxing place to stay. If you’d like a little taste of what they have to offer, their sake bar is open to everyone.

NOTE: Because this is a private bath, guests with tattoos can use this facility without having to cover their tattoos.

Hiyori Hotel Tokyo Ginza East

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Hiyori Hotel Tokyo Ginza East boasts the “only spa in the Ginza with a rooftop open air spa”. Yes, that’s right you can soak your worries away while gazing up at the stars — or are those helicopters? In any case, a rooftop open air bath is something of a rarity in the city. After enjoying a nice relaxing bath, you can treat yourself to a free popsicle. Can it get much better than that?

Hiyori Hotel really works to live up to their name (Hiyori means “good weather” or “a pleasant daily life”) with a warm and welcoming atmosphere. In particular, they try to cater to women and even have an exclusive ladies only floor, as well as beauty and wellness packages. And let’s not forget the breakfast buffet, which transforms into a café and telework space at lunchtime, and then a twilight bar in the evening.

NOTE: The hotel requests that guests cover their tattoos before using the bath.

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Mitsui Garden Hotel Nihonbashi Premier

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Ever heard of a bath with a vaulted ceiling? Well now you have. Mitsui Garden Hotel Nihonbashi Premier offers a spacious bath area that combines traditional Japanese elements with modern embellishments. The lie-down baths have wooden handrails and headrests, and their scent fills the air. There are even massages available if you’d like to relax even more.

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Guests also get to enjoy a buffet breakfast from ¥2,970 and a bar with a terrace. Throughout the sleek hotel, and even in the rooms, you’ll find modern art installations and sculptures.

NOTE: Guests with tattoos can request up to two cover stickers (8cm×10.5cm) for free from the hotel. They are asked to use these to cover their tattoos before using the public bath area.

Onyado Nono

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Located in Asakusa, a neighborhood known for its traditional vibes, Onyado Nono is perfectly at home. There is a traditional atmosphere throughout the hotel that extends to the onsen. There are various types of bath, including some that are partially open air, as well as a sauna (in the men’s section) and a steam room (in the women’s section).

Keeping with tradition, there is a Japanese-style breakfast. Other facilities at Onyado Nono include a laundry room and vending machines.

NOTE: Guests with tattoos can’t enter the public bath.

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Onsen Ryokan Yuen Shinjuku

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The open air hot spring bath at Onsen Ryokan Yuen will make you feel like you’ve gone to an onsen town, without even leaving the city. There’s a good reason for that too, as the water is sourced from hot springs in Hakone — an area well-known for its natural hot springs. This is another place that will give you free popsicles after your bath.

The hotel has a restaurant with a Japanese-style breakfast available from ¥2,200, along with lunch and dinner options. You must be a guest of the hotel to use the bath.

NOTE: Guests with tattoos are requested to cover their tattoos with cover stickers before entering the public bath. Cover stickers can be purchased from the front desk.

Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo

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For a high-end option you can’t go past Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo. In addition to their onsen which uses water direct from Itō in Shizuoka Prefecture, they have a heated pool, jet bath and sauna. The roof over the pool can even retract to let in lots of natural light. These facilities are exclusively for the use of hotel guests, spa members, and treatment guests. There are also spa treatments available, including aromatherapy, massage and facials.

Sound luxurious? It is, but not in an over-the-top way. Hotel Chinzanso even won first place in 2022 for the Best Hotel Ambience in the World. The hotel gardens played a big part in their nomination, and can be enjoyed by guests year-round. There are also eight restaurants and cafés onsite, along with a bar. The hotel can even arrange cultural experiences like calligraphy, karate, and even Japanese language lessons.

NOTE: Guests with tattoos are requested to cover them when using both the onsen and heated pool.

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