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ONSEN HOT SPRING (including mixed bath)
This page to introduce easy but real onsen experience in Tokyo. No JR Pass, no problem, as they are located within Tokyo. If you had one day extra in your itinerary, it is truly worth dipping yourself in one or even few of below. The last on this list is of course Asakusa Onsen (town onsen of real mineral water with local people, and perhaps the only tattoo friendly place!). For those who would like to jump and soak with swimming suit (swimming pants), please find no-shy-at-all Hakone Kowakien Yunessun (but not really Japanese authentic traditional style). With tattoo? Bit problem here in Japan, but you may find tatoo-friendly.jp useful. Nearby Narita Airport has Yamato-no-yu. In Asakusa, popular Jakotsuyu is the best.
Somei Onsen Sakura (Komagome, Sugamo on JR Yamanote Line)
Just 4-5 minutes short walk from the Yamanote Line station/s, even they have free shuttle bus from/to Sugamo station, right in the middle of residential square, this would be your cozy treat with green garden attached and tatami room relaxation. Tattoo strict (very strict). Tabaco free. Delicious matcha softcream avaialble (^^)
Fuji-no-yu (Shakujii)
The old bathhouse with Japan nostalgia, not natural hot spring, though. Please also find Asakusa Onsen in text below with real mineral water springing from 1,000 meter down.
Ryusenji-no-yu (Souka or Soka)
Easy and cheap access from Asakusa on Tobu Skytree Line (bound for Nikko). Yatsuka (TS15)  is only 30 minutes, only JPY310, one way from Asakusa. Or, Soka (TS16) has free shuttle bus from/to the onsen hot spring.
Kinu no yu
Also easy access from Asakusa on TX (Tsukuba Express) train. It is 28 minutes train ride to the nearby station Moriya, and there is a free shuttle bus taking you from/to the hot spring. Only the onsen in Ibaraki-ken which uses no-recycling natural mineral water. Not in downtown, but much much better than Oedo Monogatari Onsen in Odaiba. Mix onsen is available.
Maenohara Onsen (Sayano-yudokoro)
Another easy access? Located just outside of downtown, well, still within Toei Subway network, we also would like to recommend this off-beaten-track hot spring. It is 45 minutes subway rides (Kuramae => Kasuga => Shimurasakaue) Toei Oedo Line and Toei Mita Line. Here's got a map at Google Map. Much much traditional compare to Oedo Monogatari Onsen in Odaiba.
Ohgai Onsen in Ueno
Located in middle of downtown, stone throw away from Ueno Zoo. This is very first authorized/certified by Tokyo government as natural hot spring with using mineral water.
Yumorinosato in Musashino
Located in a bit west end of downtown, it is rather easy to access if you are in Shinjuku and Shibuya area already. Keio Line has easy access from both terminal stations, and Chofu station has not only this hot spring but also Chofu Airport for Tokyo's southern islands as well as Ajinomoto Stadium (FC Tokyo's home ground).
Kamata Onsen in Ota-ku
Situated in southern most district of downtown Tokyo, this onsen has been managed by one family since 1937. In Japanese, we call this onsen ....... KuroYu (BlackOnsen) as color is just like coffee. Not far from Moriyama House.
Sento (Sentoh) and Onsen in Meguro-ku
Feel bit itcy after visiting Parasitological Museum in Meguro? Let's wash them out here and there in Meguro-ku. Please note some of the lists has not mineral water but tap water (>_<)
Okutama Onsen MoegiNoYu
JR train reaches to this western edge of Tokyo. From skyscraper Shinjuku, it is just less than 2 hours train ride, you'll be middle of forest and along Tama river stream. Tired of walking on asphalt in concrete jungle? Your zen relaxation is just JR away!
Takao Onsen GokurakuYu
Another western edge of Tokyo is this popular mountain hike spa. Keio Line goes direct from Shinjuku. You may try hiking over TakaoSan (Mt.Takao) for your green life in Tokyo.
Asakusa Onsen
It is the real onsen using hot-spring, mineral water, from 1,000 meter underneath of Tokyo city. Pictures and details in Japanese is available at Jakotsuyu, please. It is only 460yen per one adult (sauna costs extra 200yen) from 13:00 - 23:40, except Tuesdays. And the best thing is that it is located in downtown Tokyo, right in the middle of ASAKUSA. Tokyo Ryokan is in short walk distance. It is Japanese culture to crash down after long-hour-onsen.
Map Yes, it is in Tokyo downtown. Nearest metro station is Tawaramachi (G18), nearest JR station is Ueno. This map also explains detail.
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