Nihon No Meito: Japanese Bath Salts Guide
One incredibly popular Japanese bath salt product is Nihon No Meito (日本の名湯), This range is produced by Bathclin (バスクリン), who are owned by Earth Chemical. Bathclin was started in 1930 and they first introduced this range of products to the market in 1986. They have gone on to proliferate bathrooms across Japan ever since.
Experience famous Japanese hot springs at home
The Nihon No Meito range was developed together with 16 famous hot springs across Japan, with each product reflecting the waters found in onsens in that region. The products contain components that replicate the fragrance and color of the water found in each location so you can experience these incredible places at home.
What onsen does the Nihon No Meito range include?
This range is a best-seller in Japan and are commonly given as gifts. As popular as this range is within Japan, I was surprised to find they are less well-known outside the country and can even be hard to find. I’ve included those available for purchase online below.
A fun fact: the large calligraphy logo (日本の名湯) on the front of the packaging was written by a famous Japanese calligrapher, Soun Takeda. The images used on each package feature the most iconic scene from each hot spring.
Nihon No Meito: Individual Onsen Packs
The following 8 products are available as individual onsen packs. Each package contains 5 x 30g sachets from that onsen, one full sachet should be used per bath.
1. Nihon No Meito: Kurokawa Onsen
Kurokawa Onsen (黒川温泉) is located in the middle of Kyushu prefecture. The water becomes green with a fragrance of wildflowers on a refreshing mountain breeze.
2. Nihon No Meito: Mimasaka Yubara Onsen
Mimasaka Yubara Onsen (美作湯原温泉) is located in Okayama prefecture. The water becomes a fresh clear green and the scent of fresh fruits is released.
3. Nihon No Meito: Nyuto Onsen
Nyuto Onsen (乳頭温泉) is located in the mountains of eastern Akita prefecture. It’s one of the most popular onsen locations in the country. The water becomes milky white and has a scent of soothing green leaves.
4. Nihon No Meito: Noboribetsu Onsen
Noboribetsu Onsen (登別温泉) is the most famous hot spring resort in Hokkaido prefecture. The water becomes milky water, reminiscent of white snow in the northern mountains.
5. Nihon No Meito: Ryujin Onsen
Ryujin Onsen (龍神温泉) is located in Wakayama Prefecture. The water becomes milky pink and has the scent of flowers drifting from the spring mountains.
6. Nihon No Meito: Towada Onsen
Towada Onsen (十和田湖温泉) is located in Aomori Prefecture. The water becomes milky green reminiscent of young beech trees and has a fresh forest fragrance.
7. Nihon No Meito: Ureshino Onsen
Ureshino Onsen (嬉野温泉) is located in southwestern Saga Prefecture. The water becomes a golden color and has the gentle fragrance of tangerine.
8. Nihon No Meito: Yamashiro Onsen
Yamashiro Onsen (山代温泉) is located in Ishikawa Prefecture close to the Sea of Japan. The water becomes milky blue and has the fragrance of sweet roses.
Nihon No Meito: Variety Packs
Don’t know where to start? The following products are mixed variety packs, with each package containing sachets from multiple onsens. Perfect for creating an onsen tour at home!
Nihon No Meito: 5 Onsens for Circulation
Nihon No Meito: 5 Onsens for Healing Skin
Nihon No Meito: 10 Famous Onsens Tour
Nihon No Meito: 13 Famous Onsens Tour
And finally, if you want to try the whole range, this value pack includes (nearly!) all of the onsen listed above. The package contains 50 sachets from 13 onsens (30g each). Includes Noboribetsu, Naruko, Nyuto, Nasu-Shiobara, Nigokawa, Okuhida, Ryujin, Ureshino, Yubara, Dogo, Towada, Yamashiro and Kurokawa.