Atami is well-known for its hot spring waters and easy distance from Tokyo. The coastal town is a popular retreat for city dwellers. Most of the hot springs are located in ryokans and are generally fairly small baths where private bathing is preferable but this really requires an overnight stay. If you’re looking to take a day trip, then Marine Spa Atami is an ideal place to relax for a good few hours.
Rather than the traditional ryokan experience, this family orientated spa has more of a western feel where bathing suits are worn, although there is also a more traditional Japanese style onsen bath in both the men’s and women’s areas. This rounds off the trip nicely, offering a sea view from the bath.
The first floor is the main area with a series of different jacuzzis and saunas to sample. The mist sauna is particularly relaxing with hot stone loungers which are sprayed with warm water from the ceiling. There is also a steam room, high-temperature sauna, and dry sauna. Next to the saunas the large spa area has almost every jacuzzi imaginable and on the wall, there are suggested programs to aid your ailments whether you want to relieve stress, muscle pain or simply relax. Through the corridor, a 25-metre pool offers the opportunity to do some exercise while there is a flume for the kids. On the third floor an outdoor, open-air swimming pool is open during the summer (17th July-31st August).
Also on the third floor, there is an onsen area with showers and complimentary shampoo and body soap as well as two baths overlooking the pacific ocean.
Once you’ve had the perfect day relaxing, be sure to get some fresh sushi from one of Atami’s many restaurants afterward. Atami station is about a 15-minute walk down the seafront where there is also a beach. From Tokyo station, Atami is 50 minutes on the shinkansen or about 2 hours from central Tokyo on local trains (on the Tokaido line). There is something for everyone here and at only 1,300 yen for the entrance fee, it’s a cheap day out in a relaxing town.
Marine Spa’s Website (Japanese only)