Definition of onsen in US English:

onsen

noun

  • (in Japan) a hot spring, or a resort that has developed around a hot spring.

    • ‘These onsen are a major tourist attraction in themselves.’
    • ‘The food was great, the atmosphere was charming, the onsen was nice and the service was superb.’
    • ‘My muscles relaxed and my mind unwound as I was lapped by water; onsen seem to bring on meditative moods.’
    • ‘This thermal activity gives us one of the greatest things about Japan and Japanese skiing - onsen.’
    • ‘The Japanese can do without all those troublesome waves and sun, and still prefer the tranquillity of their onsen.’
    • ‘As I had stopped at an onsen earlier and it was getting late anyway, I didn't stop at any baths in the town.’
    • ‘The ritual and allure of the countryside onsen is even greater, and a night at a traditional country inn adds even more poetry to the process.’
    • ‘Firstly we went to the seperate men's/women's onsen just across the river from our little camp site.’
    • ‘I have never felt so clean in my life as after 2 days of onsen!’
    • ‘For our friends it was a great way to experience the Japanese onsen for the first time.’
    • ‘For those who prefer to be inside the inn, there are two communal indoor onsen.’
    • ‘For those who prefer to stay inside, there are also four indoor onsen.’
    • ‘The public onsen can sometimes be an embarrassing experience for overseas visitors.’
    • ‘The thought of being a naked tourist attraction is still a bit daunting and if the onsen was busy I may not be so comfortable.’
    • ‘Some of the most popular onsen are outdoors, where bathers can gaze at fluttering snow in the winter or lush green mountains in the summer.’
    • ‘We had an excellent view of Mount Fuji from our room and from the onsen.’
    • ‘So we walked into the onsen in grubby clothes, covered in sand sun burnt and grimy and walked out scrubbed clean looking like summer messages of gentle womanhood.’
    • ‘My thoughts were soon distracted, however, when I found an onsen off the road.’
    • ‘Imagine (in a broad brush, no detail please) a naked, sun burnt me and Hiromi in the changing area of the onsen.’
    • ‘Kate and I neglecting to put on the slippers at the door were followed by the cute little old lady from the front desk all the way into the onsen.’

Origin

Japanese.

Pronunciation

onsen

/ˈänsen/