Do better-known hot springs 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.
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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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Is it difficult for a large-seized hotel to have good hot springs?
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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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.
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Why do you feel good when you are in open-air baths?
An open-air bath is almost the only place where you can be naked in outdoor.
Getting naked, you will realize the changing seasons in perfect harmony with nature.
There is a hot spring where you can see light of fireflies around rainy season.
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Do you think a hot spring upwelling from the ground is valuable?
Such kind of springs are generally rare, because only a tub can be placed right above the source of the spring.
However, in Truth or Consequences, one of the largest spa cities in the southwestern USA, there is plentiful water upwelling from the ground.
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When are hot springs 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.
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