Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Onsen

Clear your mind and refresh your soul at these hot springs throughout Japan that deliver you into the healing embrace of Mother Nature.

Onsen Oasis: Kinugawa Nioson Plaza

An onsen for everyone, with everyone Kinugawa is a popular onsen retreat in Tochigi Prefecture, located near famous world heritage site Nikko. In the old days, it was a sacred onsen only for monks and...

Japanese Bathing For Beginners

A step-by-step bathing lecture For the Japanese, bathing is not just done with the pure purpose of cleansing one's body. Taking a good bath relaxes both the body and soul, and is seen as one...

Onsen Oasis: Yumori no Sato

Tokyo’s best soak even Tokyoites aren't aware of People from Tokyo often head out to other prefectures in search of "hidden hot springs" deep in the mountains to refresh their weary bodies and souls.  But believe...

Onsen Oasis: Arima Onsen

1,400 years of history hidden in the outskirts of modern Kobe After introducing two of Japan's three oldest hot springs (Dogo Onsen in Ehime Prefecture and Nanki Shirahama Onsen in Wakayama Prefecture) it is now...

Onsen Oasis: Dogo Onsen

Get spirited away at one of Japan's oldest hot springs At Dogo Onsen in Matsuyama City, Ehime Prefecture, you soak in the historic atmosphere just as much as the hot spring itself. While Matsuyama as a...

Onsen Oasis: Zao Dairotenburo

King of Onsens - The Princess Water hot spring Some hot springs are so good you never forget them. For me, the Zao Dairotenburo Hot Spring in Yamagata prefecture is one of those. A decade...

Hidden gems of Sugamo, the ‘Harajuku for obasans’

This street could hold the secret to Japanese ‘obasans’’ longevity

Nikko Sightseeing: Lake Chuzenji

Lake Chuzenji (Chuzenji-ko in Japanese) is a scenic lake in Nikko National Park. It was created 20,000 years ago when Mt. Nantai (2,484 m) erupted and blocked the river. Lake Chuzenji’s shores are mostly...