Do you think Japan is one of the most advanced countries in terms of hot springs (Onsen)?
Indeed, soaking in hot springs is widely accepted among Japanese people, and the culture relevant to hot springs has a deep history.
However, considering there are much more volcanos that can be a source of the heat in other countries, hot springs could be seen all over the world.
I keenly though it in that way, when I encountered a fantastic hot spring that we should experience even if we need to cross the ocean.
Colorado, Rating [5/5] Extremely Hot, Lodging, Opaque, Sightseeing, Sulfur Dioxide, Upwelling from the Ground
Do you like a private bath?
When you want to be alone, or to stay with your family, a private bath would be the best choice.
However, most private baths lack a sense of openness in a closed space surrounded by walls.
I had thought that way since I knew an alternative option of “partially” private baths in the desert.
Arizona, Rating [3/5] Lodging, Mixed Bath, Private Bath, Sightseeing, Tepid
Do you know what ultra-Plinian eruption is?
Volcanic activities sometimes have destructive influence on human society.
Out of them, ultra-Plinian eruption brings on a particularly large explosion that causes global change in environment and mass extinction.
Around such supervolcano, hot springs have been gushing over one million years after the eruption.
New Mexico, Rating [2/5] Hot Spring River, Secluded, Sightseeing, Tepid
What do you think the good points of Americans?
I like the way they seem to think that the bigger something is, the better it is.
Everything from cups in a restaurant to pickup trucks running on the street looks huge as if it were the symbol of wealth.
The world’s biggest hot spring pool is as well in the United States.
Colorado, Rating [2/5] Lodging, Opaque, Tepid
Do you know San Miguel de Allende?
Many American people lives in the city after retirement, and that is probably why there has sophisticated air that is different from any other cities in Mexico.
On the contrary, there you can find the very Mexican way in some aspects at the hot spring.
Mexico, Rating [2/5] Lodging, Private Bath, Sightseeing, Tepid
Do you know Gila Hot Springs?
In a campground deep in the mountains of New Mexico, there is the hot springs.
I felt the same kind of tasteful atmosphere as a secluded Japanese Ryokan’s open-air bath.
Perhaps the reason may be in an unlikely place.
New Mexico, Rating [5/5] Lodging, Mixed Bath
Do you think the newest thing is the best?
A hot spring continues gushing for a long time, so that the facility often looks worn out.
Sometimes it has an interesting flavor.
Chugoku-Shikoku Region, Rating [3/5] Hydrogen Sulfide, Lodging
What do you think the difference between an open-air bath and a swimming pool?
There may be several elements such as water temperature, depth, necessity of clothing, and whether swimming is allowed or not, but none of them seem to completely define an open-air bath.
However, when I soaked in an “open-air bath” in Mexico, I felt like realizing the essence.
Mexico, Rating [5/5] Lodging, Sightseeing
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.
California, Rating [2/5] Hydrogen Sulfide, Lodging, Tepid
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.
Kyushu-Okinawa Region, Rating [5/5] Peat Smell