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.
Read more Colorado, Rating [5/5] Hottest, Lodging, Opaque, Sightseeing, Sulfur dioxide, Upwelling from 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.
Read more Arizona, Rating [2/5] Lodging, Mixed bath, Private, Sightseeing, Tepid
What do you think the good points of Americans?
I like the way they seem to think the bigger something is, the better it is.
Everything from cups in a restaurant to pickup trucks running on the streets looks huge as if it were the symbol of wealth.
The world’s biggest hot spring pool is in the United States.
Read more Colorado, Rating [2/5] Lodging, Opaque, Tepid
Do you know San Miguel de Allende?
Many American people lives in the city after retirement, and that is probably why there has sophisticated air that is different from any other cities in Mexico.
On the contrary, there you can find the very Mexican way in some aspects at the hot spring.
Read more Mexico, Rating [2/5] Lodging, Private, Sightseeing, 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 atmosphere as secluded Japanese Ryokans’ open-air baths.
Perhaps the reason might be in an unlikely place.
Read more New Mexico, Rating [5/5] Lodging, Mixed bath
Do you think the newest thing is the best?
A hot spring continues gushing for a long time, so that the facility often looks worn out.
Sometimes it has an interesting flavor.
Read more Chugoku-Shikoku Region, Rating [3/5] Hydrogen sulfide, Lodging
What do you think the difference between an open-air bath and a swimming pool?
There may be several elements such as water temperature, depth, necessity of clothing, and whether swimming is allowed or not, but none of them seem to completely define an open-air bath.
However, when I soaked in an “open-air bath” in Mexico, I felt like realizing the essence.
Read more Mexico, Rating [5/5] Lodging, Sightseeing