Whose phrase do you think “enduring the unendurable” is?
Indeed this is from broadcast of the voice of Japan’s Emperor Hirohito, at the end of World War II.
However, it is a little known fact that a Zen Buddhist, Gempo Yamamoto suggested to use this word, and the emperor as a symbol of unity of the people.
His life started from this hot spring inn.
Kinki Region, Rating [5/5] Gourmet, Hydrogen Sulfide, Lodging, Opaque, Private Bath, 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.
Chugoku-Shikoku Region, Rating [3/5] Hydrogen Sulfide, Lodging
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
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.
Kinki Region, Rating [5/5] Extremely Hot, Hydrogen Sulfide, Lodging, Sightseeing
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.
Hokkaido-Tohoku Region, Rating [5/5] Hydrogen Sulfide, Lodging, Opaque, Sightseeing
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.
Chugoku-Shikoku Region, Rating [2/5] Lodging, Sightseeing
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.
Kanto Region, Rating [4/5] Lodging
Why do you think that you feel good when you are in an open-air bath?
An open-air bath is almost the only place where you can be naked in outdoor.
By getting naked, you can enjoy the changing seasons in perfect harmony with nature.
There is a hot spring where you can enjoy light of fireflies around rainy season.
Kyushu-Okinawa Region, Rating [5/5] Gourmet, Hydrogen Sulfide, Lodging, Private Bath
When do you think hot springs are forced to close?
It is terribly sorry to see favorite hot springs shut down, but I have experienced such farewells several times.
More and more hot springs are facing difficulties in changing in times.
Kinki Region, Rating [3/5] Peat Smell, Sightseeing
Do you associate Yoshino in Nara with cherry blossom viewing?
300 years ago, Mt. Yoshino was also a training site for ascetic pilgrims.
There remains a historical hot spring, where some of them debauched around the water.
Kinki Region, Rating [3/5] Lodging, Metallic Smell, Opaque