Kinosaki, Japan – In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic and the need for social distancing, a private hot spring bath (or onsen) is the perfect way to enjoy the hot springs without crowds. Kinosaki Onsen is known for its seven public onsen spread out through town, but it also has around 40 private onsen inside various accommodations.

Japanese Style Private Onsen Spa at Nishimuraya Hotel Shogetsutei

The private hot spring baths inside ryokan, or traditional Japanese inns, can be used per reservation or on a first-come-first-served basis, sometimes for an extra charge. That way, guests can enjoy a relaxing soak either by themselves or with their friends, family, or partner, away from other guests. There are three different ways to enjoy a bath privately: a private onsen in a ryokan, a private session in one of the public onsen, and a private bath inside the…

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