According to some surveys, one of the most popular tourist destinations in Japan is Hokkaido among Asian countries and regions.
Especially Noboribetsu Onsen and Toyako Onsen enjoy popularity due to the accessible location from New Chitose Airport.
Kojohama Onsen is nearer than these hot springs, but remains tranquility.
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The hot spring is located near a wintering place of brown bears, and is surrounded by an enormous number of black-flies in summer.
The entrance road is closed from October through June due to the snow cover.
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The color of the hot springs water is just like rooibos tea.
The texture is much more powerful than that appearance.
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The Japanese tradition, a hot-spring cure is not outdated.
Toyotomi Onsen, near the northernmost point of Japan has remarkable government activities including the tax exemption for the use of hot springs, and the assistance for school attendance during a hot-spring cure.
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A desolate bathhouse in the southern Hokkaido has real hospitality.
The humble shack tells what the real hospitality is.
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The mineral water with strong smell of oil and sulfur is said to be the secret of the world’s oldest living man, Masazo Nonaka, who was the manager of a hot spring inn.
On the other hand, the same water caused some accidental poisonings
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It must be far more difficult than expected to maintain a hot spring inn in the harsh climate of Hokkaido.
As a guest, you will root for the owner and employees.
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A retro-flavored public bathhouse is going to close the business.
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Some hot springs are unforgettably impressive.
Numajiri Motoyu is one of them.
Do not attempt to go there because it is in the danger zone with poison gas.
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Do you know real Arima Onsen?
Arima is counted among Thee Ancient Springs and is near big cities like Osaka and Kobe so some of you may have been there.
However, this historical spa city is facing depletion of the water; therefore, there are few inns providing real spring water that is not artificially processed.
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