Did you know that Sado has hot springs? Actual thermal waters well up in various areas of Sado, and, what is better, they come out of the ground in Ryotsu, Aikawa and Ogi, all of which are a perfect bases for sightseeing and business. You can experience the pleasure of an onsen by staying overnight or by visiting during the day.
Those in the know, know Sado’s hot springs. If you visit Sado, do not miss the onsen experience!
We interviewed Mr Hiroto Kaneko, Senior Managing Director of Sado Green Hotel Kiraku and a certified onsen sommelier. He shared with us the charms of Sado’s onsens and how to make the most of your onsen experience.
Mr Hiroto KanekoSenior Managing Director, Sado Green Hotel Kiraku
Hoping for more people to enjoy Sado's onsens, Mr Kaneko became a certified onsen sommelier. Sado Green Hotel Kiraku offers guests free bathing services in the outdoor bath during their stay in Sado, even after check-out.
Good for toki, too?! Soothing, safe hot waters for everyone, including children
Since the hot springs in Sado are close to the sea, most of them are sodium springs. “The sodium spring waters keep you warm and moist after a soak. The water has a sterlizing effect added for good measure, and is said to be good for treating cuts. An onsen legend in the Ryotsu area has it that toki came to a hot spring to treat its feathers with the thermal water.” The main features of Sado’s onsen waters are the fine texture and soothing property. “Sado’s hot spring water has a soft, soothing effect on skin. Hypoallegenic, it is safe for bathing infants, too.” Moreover, Sado provides a wide range of thermal waters, varying from ginger-coloured “Moru-sen” hot springs which contain organic, plant-based substances, to calcium-rich water, each of which has different health benefits. When bathing in a hot spring bath, please check out the health benefits and features that the water has listed in the bathroom.
According to local legend, Toki treated its feathers with the thermal waters.
Soft, soothing thermal waters
Why are complimentary sweets offered in the room? / Tips for a long, lingering bath
Some of you might be aware that complimentary sweets are offered within the room at many accommodations. They are a little treat for you, and more importantly, these sweets supply sugars and water before bathing, and prevent a drop in blood sugar levels. By consuming them with tea, you can avoid dehydration, too. “Bathing in thermal waters unexpectedly requires energy and might cause dehydration. Be careful not to be hungry or thirsty, and take a break in your room before going to the onsen. Don’t take a hot spring bath after drinking alcohol or when you feel full. Rest yourself first. Please keep yourself well-hydrated before a dip in thermal waters in the morning, too.” Once you soak in the thermal bath, you might feel like lingering over the luxury of immersion as long as possible. However, please be careful not to become dizzy and tired. “The water pressure can exhaust you, so if you want to stay in the hot water for a longer period of time, immerse just the bottom half of your body (we call it half-body bathing in Japan) at times so you do not feel too hot.” After a bath, please stay warm so as not to catch a cold or become unwell.
Stay hydrated before taking a hot spring bath.
Sugars contained in sweets prevent a drop in blood sugar levels.
Have a relaxing winter break in Sado while enjoying scenic views, local fishes, sake nouveau and a nap!
Sado’s winter is an amazingly attractive season, when you can feel the power of Mother Nature in the big waves of the Sea of Japan smashing on the rocks in a dynamic and mesmerising way. Nami-no-hana (flowers of the waves) fluttering over the coast make a magical scene and the snow-covered Osado mountains and temples are as beautiful as a serene India ink landscape painting.
Take a hot spring spa bath after enjoying the beauty of nature, and the warm thermal waters will feel extra special. One of the most pleasing things about a Sado winter is, however, the local food and sake! “Sake nouveau” season starts in winter. Unwind by pairing delicious sake with a variety of seafood dishes such as sashimi, sushi, hot pots, and more. Or enjoy reading or other indoor activities with your family during daytime while enjoying the view from the window. If you feel sleepy, snuggle into a warm duvet and take a nap. Once you wake up, take a good soak in a hot spring bath. Such a relaxing time is only available in winter, and is the ultimate luxury. Come explore Sado, packed full of new charms, this winter!
White flowers-of-the-waves are a signature scene of a Sado winter.
Bathing while viewing wintery nature is an exceptional experience.
Onsen spots can be found below.
Aikawa Onsen Ryokan Doyu
Ryokan Doyu is a Japanese-style inn estbalished in 1999 in Kasugazaki, a scenic spot in Aikawa. All guestrooms and large bathing rooms have a view ...
Aikawa Hot Springs Meotoiwa Bath Hotel Meoto
With scenery of the Meotoiwa Rocks (husband and wife rocks), a symbol of Sado's Nanaura Coast, Hotel Meoto stands on the edge of surf. You can walk...
Ogi Onsen Hot Spring Ryokan Kamomeso
Kamomeso is situated in a lush, green area, where the chirpings of little birds delight your ears. Just one step in from the entrance, you will fin...
Oyado Kagetsu is a Japanese-style inn with a long history located near Lake Kamo, which is known for oyster farming. A 5-minute drive from Ryotsu ...
Kur means convalescence, treatment and recuperation, and therme refers to the thermal baths in German. As the name suggests, the Kurtherme Sado inc...
An elegant, seven-story building comes into sight through a pine forest. Yahatakan is a renowned hotel that has welcomed numerous prominent figures...
Sado Onsen Hot Spring: Ogi-no-Yu
A five-minute car ride from Ogi Port, Ogi-no-Yu is located on a hill with easy access to the town center. From the window facing the Sea of Japan, ...
Sado Kamoko Onsen Kohan no Yado Yoshidaya
Initially started as a restaurant in the Ansei Era of the Edo Period (1854-60), Yoshidaya is now a long-established Japanese-style inn with a hot s...
Sawata Onsen hot spring Ryokan Iriumi
Ryokan Iriumi is located by the seashore in Kubota and is surrounded by the sound of waves of Mano Bay. The majority of the spacious guestrooms hav...
Sunrise Jogahama is an inn located in Akadomari, in the refreshing environment of southeast Sado, that offers hands-on experiences. As the name sug...
Jugetsukan hotel stands at the source of Sumiyoshi Onsen and Shiizaki Onsen hot springs, and offers hot spa bath with a continuous flow of hot spa ...
A hotel with long-standing traditions and a distinctive character: Hotel Mancho
Claiming the wealthiest farmer in Sado as an ancestor, Hotel Mancho was established in 1950. It stands at the seashore in Aikawa, facing the settin...
A hotel of the legend of the Japanese crested ibis and outdoor baths: Kiraku
Sado Green Hotel Kiraku stands on the heights of Shiizaki, facing Lake Kamo. You can relax in a variety of hot spa baths varying from large bathing...
Niibo Katagami Onsen (hot spring)
With a history of 800 years, Niibo Katagami Onsen is rumored to have been frequented by Emperor Juntoku in the 13th century. Onsen bathing in this ...
Shiozu no Sato
Shiozu no Sato stands on open ground in the heights overlooking Mano Bay. It has a spacious front garden where you can enjoy camping or a barbecue,...
Founded in 1912, Hotel Shiiya is the longest-established hotel in Ryotsu, which is nestled at the side of Lake Kamo. The entrance has a large, red ...
Situated on the heights of Kasugazaki, facing the Sea of Japan and "Doyu no Warito" (Sado Gold Mine's famous V-shaped mountain-top split), Hotel Oo...
Hotel New Katsura
Hotel New Katsura is superbly located on the lakeside, close to the sea. Standing on the heights of the Shiizaki Onsen hot spring village, with an ...
Hotel Familio Sado Aikawa
A view over the Sea of Japan can be enjoyed from each room. All rooms are spacious, set in the European style with a bath and a separate toilet. T...
In front of Minami Ryokan lies the spacious Sumiyoshi Coast's sandy beach. The inn has a licence to participate in fish auctions, and seasonal fish...
The inn of the setting sun and lake: Aokiya
Aokiya stands at the top of the hill overlooking Lake Kamo, and all guestrooms have a sea view. The sun setting behind Osado Mountains while turnin...
Sado Resort Hotel Azuma
Azuma Yubae-tei Kaiyo-tei was established as "Azuma", a Japanese cuisine restaurant, in Haneda, Aikawa, in 1925. Located at the western-most point ...
Ryotsu Yamaki Hotel
Ryotsu Yamaki Hotel stands on the heights close to Ryotsu Port, in a great location with a panoramic view of Lake Kamo. With a lake view from the g...