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.
Read more Kanto Region, Rating [5/5] Lodging, Oil smell
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.
Read more California, Rating [2/5] Hydrogen sulfide, Lodging
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.
Read more Kyushu-Okinawa Region, Rating [5/5] Hydrogen sulfide, Lodging, Private
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.
Read more New Mexico, Rating [3/5] Private, Straight out of the ground, Truth or Consequences
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 [4/5] Peat smell
What is the efficacy of hot springs?
Is the most important element the inclusion?
Actually, only a little inclusion can be absorbed through our skin.
Today I would like to introduce a hot spring in terms of gravity.
Read more New Mexico, Rating [4/5] Lodging, Private, Straight out of the ground, Truth or Consequences
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.
Read more Kinki Region, Rating [3/5] Lodging, Metallic smell, Opaque
Where did ancestors of American Indians choose places for dwelling?
There is an American Indian’s dwelling in the northern area of New Mexico, surrounded by rich natural environment of the highland.
Near the holy place, which is designated a World Heritage site, you will find a hot spring upwelling.
Read more New Mexico, Rating [2/5] Natural hot springs
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.
Read more Hokkaido-Tohoku Region, Rating [5/5] Lodging, Metallic smell, Opaque, Private
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