Why not enjoy the relaxing and curative effects at one of the area’s lovely natural thermal spring resorts. The city’s Iwamuro hot spring resort is steeped in history and tradition, while just outside the city you can enjoy the delights of the hot springs of Tsukioka (in Shibata), or Senami (in Murakami). The city’s Vinespa resort is not just an Onsen, but also a winery.

Iwamuro Hot Springs

Popular spa for over 300 years. Also called reigan (geese ghost) spa, after the tradition that wounded geese stop here to recover. Said to be good for nerves and rheumatism, and to impart a sheen to the skin. Surrounded by atmospheric Japanese-style hotels where dining can be a real treat.

  • Location
    Nishikan-ku, Niigata City
  • Getting There
    From Niigata Station: 50 min by car, or take the shinkansen onward to Tsubame-Sanjo Station and then 30 min by car
Tsukioka Hot Springs

One of the largest onsen districts in Niigata Prefecture. Located in the town of Shibata, adjacent to Niigata City’s Kita-ku. Famous for their beautifying properties, these mild hydrogen-sulfide springs are popular with women who appreciate the smooth, sleek feel that the waters impart to the skin. Situated close to another major attraction—the Northern Culture Museum—where you can visit the residence of the Ito clan, formerly one of the largest landowners in the country.

  • Location
    Shibata, Niigata Prefecture
  • Getting There
    From the airport: 40 min by car
    From Niigata Station: 40 min by car, or
    take JR Hakushin train to Toyosaka Station, then 20 min by shuttle bus
Senami Hot Springs

Located in the adjacent town of Murakami, directly facing the Japan Sea. Enjoy the beautiful sea view and the lovely panoramic sunsets. In summer, many also come to sunbathe on the white beaches and swim in the sea. Visitors can enjoy lovely walks along the beach. Hotel guests can luxuriate in open-air baths (where available) while gazing at the sunset and the reddening sea.

  • Location
    Murakami, Niigata Prefecture
  • Getting There
    From the airport: 60 min by car
    From Niigata Station: 60 min by car, or
    take the JR Uetsu Main Line to Murakami Station, and then 10 min by taxi
Cave D’Occi Vinespa

Surrounded by vineyards. Enjoy the scenery and the wine as well as the spa. The aroma spa is quite popular. Daytrippers and overnighters equally welcome.

  • Phone
  • Location
    1661 Kakudahama, Nishikan-ku, Niigata City
  • Getting There
    40 min by car, or take the JR Echigo train
    to Uchino Station and then 20 min by car
  • Hours (Day Spa)
    Weekdays: 10 am to 10 pm
    Weekends and holidays: 7 am to 10 pm
  • Open Every Day
  • Entry Fee
    1,000 yen (600 yen after 5 pm on weekdays)