[Forgotten City] Jacumba Hot Springs Spa & Resort

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What did influence the destiny of the city?

The West Coast is an area of high population density, and is located on the Ring of Fire, so that there are several spa cities nearby.

Meanwhile, there are  places becoming a ghost town.

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[Hidden World of Peat Springs] Akishigeyu

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Do you know Peat springs?

This means hot springs containing organic substance derived from plants, but it is not an official term.

However, if you trace the roots, surprisingly, you will reach the Napoleonic Wars.

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[Mexican Quality] Mision Comanjilla

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What do you think the biggest enchantment of Mexico?

In my opinion, it may be a kind of roughness both in a positive and negative way.

Especially in terms of hot springs, the roughness often realizes wild free-flowing use of the spring.

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[Unfinished Resort] Manby Hot Springs

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Which do you like peaks or valleys?

This time, I will visit an unfinished resort with hot springs, which is located at the bottom of a deep valley where the seventh-highest bridge in the United States is spanning.

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[Plate Tectonics] Minshuku Boukai, Nanki-shirahama Onsen

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Why do you think hot springs are hot?

If they are in volcanic areas, you may imagine that the magma body heats underground water.

However, it cannot explain scalding hot water gushing in the area where there are no active volcanos nearby.

In fact, movements of plates of the earth create some hot springs.

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[Amazing Theme Park] Grutas Tolantongo

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Do you know Mexico has many hot springs?

Mexico is a resource-rich nation in terms of hot springs, because it is located on Ring of Fire just as same as Japan.

Today I will introduce an amazing spot that seems to symbolize the resources.

Gallons of hot spring water are gushing from giant caves, and there is a theme park centering the warm river flowing out.

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[Coal Mine, Nuclear Plant, and Hot Spring] Koito Ryokan, Iwaki-yumoto Onsen

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Do you know the relationship between hot springs and industry?

Iwaki-shi in Fukushima prefecture has been at the mercy of the energy industry.

In ancient times, the city experienced ebb and flow of a coal mine, and today suffers from the reputational damage of the serious accident of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.

It is no coincidence that there are great hot springs in such city.

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[Extraordinary Experiences] Sierra Grande Lodge & Spa

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Do you think that the most important factor of a hot spring is the quality of spring?

Actually, I agree with the idea as a hot spring maniac, but most people seem to give importance on “experiences” surrounding the hot spring.

They will recognize a hot spring as great if they have extraordinary experiences, such as cleanly accommodation, great meals, or high quality customer services.

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[Three Ancient Springs] Hotel Kowakuen, Dogo Onsen

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Does a better-known hot spring provide better water?

Dogo Onsen is famous for being counted as Three Ancient Springs.

However, the amount of water is not so sufficient that you can hardly find free-flowing water.

Let us think about today’s Three Ancient Springs at the almost only one exception, Hotel Kowakuen.

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[What is Comfort Temperature?] Jemez Springs Bath House

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What is your comfort temperature for soaking?

Not only individual tastes but also cultures define the comfort temperature.

There are many hot springs in the United States, but most of them are not so hot for Japanese.

Indeed, it may be reasonable considering its lower physical burden.

However, sometimes I would like to renew myself in body and spirit, by soaking in strikingly hot water.

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