When are hot springs forced to close?
It is 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.
Read more Chubu Region, Rating [3/5] Peat smell
Do you associate Yoshino in Nara with the 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.
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Do you think the mixed bathing without clothing is Japan-specific culture?
It is not true.
In the United States, there are many hippies, who are said to originate from protests to the Vietnam War and deny rule-bond human living.
Actually mixed bathing culture exists across the United States, affected by hippies’ philosophy.
Read more New Mexico, Rating [3/5] Lodging, Mixed bath, Private
What are elements that characterize hot springs?
They trigger our five senses by the texture, smell and taste, but the color may be the easiest element to explain the attractiveness through blogs.
Today let us soak in emerald green water, which reminds us of the famous hot springs in Yellowstone National Park.
Read more New Mexico, Rating [3/5] Jemez Springs, Opaque
Is there relevance between the bubble economy and hot springs?
During the bubble years, many recreation facilities including hot springs were developed across Japan.
However, quite a lot of these were abandoned in financial difficulties afterward.
This hot spring went out of business, even though it hardly did the business, and after a long interval of silence, it was perfectly renovated and you can enjoy the glorious ocean view from the spring with unique color.
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Have you become curious about who soaked in a tub filled with spring water, before you use it?
If enough amount of water has been continuously poured, there would be no problems, but sometimes you may well feel uneasy.
Some of spa facilities with plenty of water, contrary to your concern, replace their water of private tubs every time people use it.
Read more New Mexico, Rating [3/5] Lodging, Private, Sauna, Truth or Consequences
Do you know one of the largest spa towns near Los Angeles?
It is Desert Hot Springs.
Such well-known town provides, beyond expectation, excellent hot spring water.
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What do you think is the essence of tranquility?
It is two hours’ drive from Tucson to get to the spa facility with the philosophical name, Essence of Tranquility.
You find it entirely homemade-looking.
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Do you know a temple having hot springs?
Hot springs often pertain to religion.
The place I would like to introduce today is a renovated temple, and not an actively working temple.
However, it takes an important role as a community network, which temples realized at a time in the past.
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