Japan’s leading onsen resort boasting a long history and abundant hot springs
If you use the Shinkansen, you can reach Atami Station from Tokyo Station in just 35 minutes. With the number of wellsprings in excess of 500, and boasting a total wellspring water volume of approximately 17,085 liters per minute, it is Japan’s leading onsen resort. Atami has flourished since long ago as an onsen tourism area, and is sister cities with Sanremo in Italy and Cascais in Portugal. Since the 1990s, it has redeveloped itself with the goal of creating a new image similar to resort regions in the northern Mediterranean.
Blessed with a rich natural environment, the onsen town offers an array of hotels and ryokan, sprawling from the area around the station at the base of the mountain, to the coast. In the Heiwadori shopping street in front of Atami Station you can find many diverse shops including Atami’s famous local goods, onsen manju, and dining establishments etc.
It has a long history, and is famous for being an onsen beloved of the first Shogun of the Edo Period’s Tokugawa Bakufu (military government), Tokugawa Ieyasu. Directly in front of Atami Station you will find a foot spa known as “Ieyasunoyu”.