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Onsen (Hot spring)


The Japanese likes Onsen (hot spring) very much. A Japanese bathing culture exists from old. The race who takes a bath every day is only Japanese in an ancient age. People's bodies are dirty, because the climate of Japan is wet. Therefore, the bathing culture has developed in Japan.

In the city part of Japan, there are a lot of public baths called Sentou.

Sentou (Public Bath)

However, a lot of Sentou is warming of tap water. The hot water of Sentou doesn't have a special effect for people's bodies. The hot water of Onsen that is this theme has a special effect. Because a lot of minerals in the underground are contained in the hot water of Onsen.



In Japan, there are a lot of Onsen, because the country in Japan is a volcanic region. The map above is a part of Onsen. And, elements of Onsen of various places are different, and it has an original effect. Moreover, recentry, attention is paid to Onsen by the medicine.


A lot of Onsen leaves the city part, and exists in suburbs or the mountain. That people go to Onsen seems to be small travel. The Japanese enjoys relaxing with Onsen.


I introduce a part of Onsen on this page. Please visit Onsen if you come to Japan.


Noboribetsu Onsen / Dai-ichi Takimotokan

Noboribetsu Onsen is the representative onsen in North Japan. About 14 Onsen hotels are here. And Dai-ichi Takimotokan is one of big hotel. The onsen bathroom at this hotel is very wide. Noboribetsu is in Hokkaido, and is from Sapporo in the bus to about 2 hours with expressway. Hotel stay cost is about 10,000 - 25,000 yen (1 night, 1 person)

Official Site
English Page : Dai-ichi Takimotokan
Japanese Page : Dai-ichi Takimotokan


Kusatsu Onsen

Kusatsu Onsen is the representative old onsen in Japan. And this onsen is in a mountainous region and the altitude of this location is 1156m. The photograph above is a symbol of this onsen town called "Yubatake" at the center of this town though in this Onsen town, there are about 170 hotels. About 2.8 million tourists a year visit here. And, all people see this Yubatake. If you want to learn true Onsen, this Kusatsu is best one. This is from Tokyo in the car or the railway to 3 or 4 hours. About 170 hotels are here. Please find the hotel of your favor.

Official Site
English Page : Kusatsu Onsen Tourist Association
Japanese Page : Kusatsu Onsen Tourist Association


Kaikake Onsen

This onsen is a my favorite one. I went to a lot of Onsen because I like travel very much, and I often enter Onsen on the visit. This Kaikake Onsen is in unexplored region near Kusatsu, but only my car or taxi can come here, and the way is steep. However, the person who visited here will obtain an uppermost comfort. Beauty nature, beautiful hot water of onsen, settled hotel, quiet scenery, and delicious dish. Here is completely away from the urban bustle. This place is hard to come for people, but if you want to come here, let's try. If you could come this Kaikake Onsen, you will feel one of true onsen culture! Hotel stay cost is about 10000 - 20000 yen.

Official Site
Japanese Page : Kaikake Onsen
*Japanese page only



In the hotel of Onsen, most is a Japanese-style room and good for the person who wants to experience the living culture of Japan.



And, the meal of the hotel of Onsen is Japanese food. Here, people enjoy themselves over a variety of Japanese foods. Moreover, the dish is different according to various places. The dish of this region is the enjoyment for the Japanese.



And, the hotel more than the middle class carries meal to the room. The hotel guest can eat the dish in his room. Of course, it is possible to ask for various drinks at any time.
And they wear the same clothes. This clothes are "Yukata" prepared at the hotel. The yukata is livingclothes and nightclothes though the yukata is like to the kimono. The yukata gives people the relaxation.

*I publish this yukata in the article some time.



The yukata is prepared in the room. Please say to the reception desk when the size of the yukata is different. Other yukatas are prepared at once.




Izu-Nagaoka Onsen / Keikyu Hotel

Official Site
Japanese Page : Keikyu Hotel
*Japanese page only



Honshirane Onsen / Tsumagoi Prince Hotel

Official Site
English Page : Tsumagoi Prince Hotel
Japanese Page : Tsumagoi Prince Hotel



Minami Izu Yumigahama Onsen / Tokiichiyu

Official Site
Japanese Page : Tokiichiyu
*Japanese page only



Minami Sanriku Onsen / Minami Sanriku Hotel Kanyo

Official Site
English Page (JAPANiCAN.com) : Minami Sanriku Hotel Kanyo
Japanese Page : Minami Sanriku Hotel Kanyo



Hottarakashi Onsen

Official Site
Japanese Page : Hottarakashi Onsen
*Japanese page only



How about Onsen of Japan? In Japan, there are various Onsen. Natural Onsen, high-level hotel Onsen, and popular Onsen, etc. And, the number of Onsen in Japan might be several thousand or more. There might be Onsen near your place of stay. Please experience once.

*In Onsen and Sentou (public bath) in Japan, there are a lot of manners. The Japanese abides by manners very much. Please mimic the Japanese if you don't understand how to take a bath in Onsen or Sentou.

Sentou is published by the following article in this blog.
Sentou (Public Bath)

Thank you.

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