Whose is the phrase, enduring the unendurable?
Indeed this is from broadcast of the voice of Japan’s Emperor Hirohito, at the end of World War II.
However, it is not well known fact that a Zen Buddhist, Gempo Yamamoto suggested to use this phrase, and the emperor as a symbol of unity of the people.
His life started from this hot spring inn.
Read more Kinki Region, Rating [5/5] Gourmet, Hydrogen sulfide, Lodging, Opaque, Private, Sauna
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.
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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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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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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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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 springs.
Let us think about today’s Three Ancient Springs at Hotel Kowakuen.
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Do you think it difficult to have a good hot spring in a large-sized hotel?
Indeed, it is usually true, so that small motels with hot springs often provide their water in a better condition.
However, there are some exceptions:
Izura in Ibaragi is one of the most important places for Japanese modern art, and is famous for its beautiful scenery.
In a large-sized hotel at such tourist spot, there is a great hot spring with characteristic smell.
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