There's no better place to put your feet up and relax than Japan, which has mastered the art of spa refreshment.

Soaking in piping hot spring water is a treasured activity in Japan. Osaka has a number of hot spring baths, known as onsens, such as the Mino Hot Spring located at the mouth of Meiji-no-Mori Minoh Quasi-National Park. Just 30 minutes from Umeda, this facility includes a large stone communal bath, saunas and open-air baths offering spectacular views of the verdant Mino mountains. For a full day spa extravaganza, the amazing Spa World is a giant hot spring theme park slap bang in the heart of Osaka. Here, western and Asian-themed baths are spread over two floors. There's also a hair and beauty salon, sports gym, TV lounge, massages and a tanning salon for the full treatment.

For the latest in western-style spa luxury, try the IRIDIUM at St. Regis Osaka. Located on the hotel's 14th floor, this 355-square-meter spa offers treatments by aestheticians trained by the Sothys Institut de Beauté in Paris.

Minoh Hot Spring (Minoh Onsen Spa Garden)

A highland resort only 30 minutes from Umeda boasting excellent hot springs and leisure facilities.

Minoh Onsen

Located around a 20-minute drive from Osaka Airport and Shin-Osaka Station, this serene hotel located in Minoh Quasi-national Park features a relaxing hot spring.

St. Regis OSAKA

With prime location on the main street of Midosuji Avenue, the St. Regis offers the best in luxury accommodation, including the signature 24-hour butler service.