Do you think Japan is one of the most advanced countries in terms of hot springs (Onsen)?
Indeed, soaking in hot springs is widely accepted among Japanese people, and the culture relevant to hot springs has a deep history.
However, considering there are much more volcanos that can be a source of the heat in other countries, hot springs could be seen all over the world.
I keenly though it in that way, when I encountered a fantastic hot spring that we should experience even if we need to cross the ocean.
Colorado, Rating [5/5] Extremely Hot, Lodging, Opaque, Sightseeing, Sulfur Dioxide, Upwelling from the Ground
Do you know Gila Hot Springs?
In a campground deep in the mountains of New Mexico, there is the hot springs.
I felt the same kind of tasteful atmosphere as a secluded Japanese Ryokan’s open-air bath.
Perhaps the reason may be in an unlikely place.
New Mexico, Rating [5/5] Lodging, Mixed Bath
What do you think the difference between an open-air bath and a swimming pool?
There may be several elements such as water temperature, depth, necessity of clothing, and whether swimming is allowed or not, but none of them seem to completely define an open-air bath.
However, when I soaked in an “open-air bath” in Mexico, I felt like realizing the essence.
Mexico, Rating [5/5] Lodging, Sightseeing
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
What do you think the biggest enchantment of Mexico?
In my opinion, it may be a kind of roughness both in a positive and negative way.
Especially in terms of hot springs, the roughness often realizes wild free-flowing use of the spring.
Mexico, Rating [5/5] Extremely Hot, Lodging, Opaque, Sightseeing, Sulfur Dioxide
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.
Kansai Region, Rating [5/5] Extremely Hot, Hydrogen Sulfide, Lodging, Sightseeing
Do you know Mexico has many hot springs?
Mexico is a resource-rich nation in terms of hot springs, because it is located on Ring of Fire just as same as Japan.
Today I will introduce an amazing spot that seems to symbolize the resources.
Gallons of hot spring water are gushing from giant caves, and there is a theme park centering the warm river flowing out.
Mexico, Rating [5/5] Hot Spring River, Lodging, Opaque, Tepid
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
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
Do you know the place where you can enjoy three different hot springs: an Onsen Ryokan and two public baths?
Ebisuya Ryokan is located in the mountains of Aizu area and there are no other inns nearby.
Nonetheless, it is surrounded by two public baths whose nature of the springs is different.
Hokkaido-Tohoku Region, Rating [5/5] Gourmet, Lodging, Metallic Smell, Opaque, Private Bath