Atami Onsen in Izu Peninsula at Shizuoka Prefecture is one of the best and most popular hot springs in Japan.
The word "Atami" means "hot sea." The hot water usually comes from the mountains, and it is seldom to have a natural hot spring in near the sea. While soaking in the onsen, you can also enjoy the bayview. It is believed that its high salinity can ease intense pains specifically in the head or face (neuralgia), and extreme sensitivity to coldness. The hot spring also invites women to tighten up their skin and tone the body. It's apparently one of the accessible escape for your body craving to unwind.
Aside from hours of dipping in hot, saline water of Atami, why not explore the other attractions nearby? If you are an artsy traveler, go to the collection of paintings, sculptures, calligraphy and carieties of handicrafts in MOA Museum of Art. If you are interested in horticulture and plants, pay a visit to Akao Herb and Rose Garden. Thousands of herbs and rose bushes awaits you! A stopover in Atami Castle may also enlighten your architectural interest in Japanese structures. If you wish to fill your tummy after a long day, Shogyo seafood restaurant is your next destination! On the next day, you can also sun bathe in the nearby Atami Sun Beach.
Ride shinkansen (Tokaido Line) and exit to JR Atami Station (40-50 minutes, about 4000 yen one way, 1-3 trains/hour).
You can also avail the Yuyu Sightseeing Loop Bus, which will tour you to most of the city's attractions (except MOA Museum of Art). The bus costs 250 Yen per ride or 750 Yen for one-day pass.
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