Japan's Unzen-Amakusa National Park spans two prefectures, offering natural hot springs and plenty of hiking, camping and kayaking opportunities.
Up north in Hokkaido, the cities of Asahikawa, Nayoro and Shibetsu await ski and snowboarding enthusiasts in winter, as well as nature lovers and foodies throughout the year.
John Daub, creator of Only in Japan, shares his cheeky take on joining the Noboribetsu Onsen “Naked Man” Festival, which takes place annually in Hokkaido.
Kanazawa is surrounded by unique towns and onsen escapes.
Besides its relaxing hot springs, Yamanaka Onsen looks great in every season and offers beautiful bridge views.
A tiny hot spring town with lots of history and manga connections.
Who said that time travel wasn't possible?
An ancient Japanese onsen with 3,000 years of history, and inspiration for the Miyazaki classic Spirited Away.
The home of onsen-bathing monkeys.