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
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 think a hot spring upwelling from the ground is valuable?
Such kind of springs would be rare, because in general, only one tub can be placed right above the source of a spring.
However, in Truth or Consequences, one of the largest spa cities in the southwestern United States, there is plentiful water upwelling from the ground.
New Mexico, Rating [3/5] Gourmet, Private Bath, Truth or Consequences, Upwelling from the Ground
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
Do you know what is a hot spring upwelling from the ground?
It is a premium hot spring where you can enjoy extremely fresh water, because the sources of the spring is located directly at the bottom of tubs.
Okayama prefecture is famous for such springs, so I stayed in a Ryokan “Okutsuso.”
However, the enchantment of the inn was not just the hot spring upwelling from the ground.
Chugoku-Shikoku Region, Rating [5/5] Gourmet, Lodging, Private Bath, Upwelling from the Ground