Buckeye Hot Springs, California

Why do most Japanese people love hot springs?

Dipping in a natural hot springs, I assume that one of the reasons may be the religious idea.

Yosemite National Park

Yosemite is one of the most popular national parks in the United States, due to the good location only three hours’ drive from San Francisco.

Yosemite Falls, Yosemite National Park (#14)

Photo by Christopher Chan – Yosemite Falls, Yosemite National Park (#14) (2009) / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Yosemite Falls is known as the highest waterfall in North America, dropping a total of 2,425 feet.

Most Japanese people are susceptible to the word Negative Ions, which are considered to arise around waterfalls, and to be good for health.

However, it is peculiar to Japanese people to take pleasure in having such home appliances that generate Negative Ions.

Upper Tubs

It is an hour and a half’s drive from Yosemite National Park to a geothermal area.

Buckeye hot springs are located in the mountains close by Travertine Hot Springs.

Upper Pools

On the slope of a valley, you will see two outdoor baths.

The sources of springs are at the bottom of  the pools, and the deposits make the color of water grayish.

These upper tubs are not too bad, but the water supply does not look enough.

Lower Tubs

At another place, hot water is flashing, and the overflowed water is poured into some outdoor baths near the surface of the river.

Lower Pools

These lower tubs are located next to a huge travertine dome made of deposits of hot springs.

The extremely hot water (around 140 degrees F) at the source is subjected to cooling into comfortable temperature, flowing down the slope.


So you can enjoy 100% hot springs water, not mixed with the river water.

Under the travertine dome, there is a cave.


If you get into the space, you will find it like a sauna filled with hot water turned into a spray.

It should be a unique experience to enjoy a kind of sauna in a natural hot spring.

From the Cave

From my point of view, it seems to have the same root for Japanese people to love hot springs and to have faith in Negative Ions, which are said to arise around waterfalls and deep forest.

It may be because an animistic worship of nature that the ancestors had is securely stored away in people’s mind even today.

Buckeye Hot Springs, Bridgeport, California, USA
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Ken Springfield