Watch snow fall and cling to tree branches along the mountainside while relaxing in the natural hot springs at Amami Onsen. Onsens are said to have healing powers from the mineral content in the natural flowing water. In addition to the healing water, Amami Onsen is a traditional Japanese inn, or ryokan. The inn is nestled in the mountains of Kyoto prefecture, a mere hour train ride from Osaka. The sights and sound of the city give way to tranquility and picturesque views along the route, which concludes near the remote Onsen.
Amami Onsen features a 10,000 square meter Japanese-style garden. From the cherry blossoms that burst to life in the spring to the crimson, orange, and gold fall foliage all the way to the fairy tale winter wonderland, the garden is one of Amami Onsen's best attractions. The Onsen can be enjoyed on a day trip from Osaka, but to get the full experience, guests should consider staying at least one night. Along with lounging in traditional Japanese robes, sleeping on plush bedding and calming the nerves in the hot springs, guests enjoy traditional home-cooked meals made with seasonal ingredients.
To reach Amami Onsen, take the Koya Line to Amami Station; the inn is about a one-minute walk. If you choose to drive, there is free parking on site. Check-in time for overnight guests is 3:00pm, and check-out time is around 10:00am. The Onsen offers massage services for an additional fee. The hot springs are open 24 hours except for a short cleaning time in the morning. Book in advance, as the 13 rooms fill up quickly.