[Coal Mine, Nuclear Plant, and Hot Spring] Koito Ryokan, Iwaki-yumoto Onsen

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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Hokkaido-Tohoku Region, Rating [5/5] , , ,

[Extraordinary Experiences] Sierra Grande Lodge & Spa

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.

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New Mexico, Rating [2/5] , , ,

[What is Comfort Temperature?] Jemez Springs Bath House

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 USA, but most of them are not so hot.

Indeed, it may be reasonable considering its lower physical burden.

However, sometimes you may want to renew myself in body and spirit, by soaking in extremely hot water.

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New Mexico, Rating [4/5] , , ,

[Taikan Yokoyama’s Ocean] Izura Kanko Hotel, Izura Onsen

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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Kanto Region, Rating [4/5]