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 like a private bath?
When you want to be alone, or to stay with your family, a private bath would be the best choice.
However, most private baths lack a sense of openness in a closed space surrounded by walls.
I had thought that way since I knew an alternative option of “partially” private baths in the desert.
Arizona, Rating [3/5] Lodging, Mixed Bath, Private Bath, Sightseeing, Tepid
Do you know what ultra-Plinian eruption is?
Volcanic activities sometimes have destructive influence on human society.
Out of them, ultra-Plinian eruption brings on a particularly large explosion that causes global change in environment and mass extinction.
Around such supervolcano, hot springs have been gushing over one million years after the eruption.
New Mexico, Rating [2/5] Hot Spring River, Secluded, Sightseeing, Tepid
What do you think the good points of Americans?
I like the way they seem to think that the bigger something is, the better it is.
Everything from cups in a restaurant to pickup trucks running on the street looks huge as if it were the symbol of wealth.
The world’s biggest hot spring pool is as well in the United States.
Colorado, Rating [2/5] Lodging, Opaque, Tepid
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 did influence the destiny of the city?
The West Coast is an area of high population density, and is located on the Ring of Fire, so that there are several spa cities nearby.
Meanwhile, there are places becoming a ghost town.
California, Rating [2/5] Hydrogen Sulfide, Lodging, Tepid
Which do you like peaks or valleys?
This time, I will visit an unfinished resort with hot springs, which is located at the bottom of a deep valley where the seventh-highest bridge in the United States is spanning.
New Mexico, Rating [2/5] Secluded, Sightseeing, Tepid
Do you think that the most important factor of a hot spring is the quality of spring?
Actually, I agree with the idea as a hot spring maniac, but most people seem to give importance on “experiences” surrounding the hot spring.
They will recognize a hot spring as great if they have extraordinary experiences, such as cleanly accommodation, great meals, or high quality customer services.
New Mexico, Rating [3/5] Gourmet, Lodging, Private Bath, Truth or Consequences
What is your comfort temperature for soaking?
Not only individual tastes but also cultures define the comfort temperature.
There are many hot springs in the United States, but most of them are not so hot for Japanese.
Indeed, it may be reasonable considering its lower physical burden.
However, sometimes I would like to renew myself in body and spirit, by soaking in strikingly hot water.
New Mexico, Rating [4/5] Extremely Hot, Private Bath, Sightseeing, Sulfur Dioxide
Do only Japanese people enthusiastically love hot springs?
No, it is also applicable to Korean people.
In the United States, where accept diversity of ethnic groups, Korean community is one of the forces.
They maintain a hot spring with strong smell of hydrogen sulfide, which American people generally do not understand the value.
California, Rating [2/5] Hydrogen Sulfide, Lodging