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[Mexican Quality] Mision Comanjilla

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What do you think the biggest enchantment of Mexico?

In my opinion, it may be a kind of roughness both in a positive and negative way.

Especially in terms of hot springs, the roughness often realizes wild free-flowing use of the spring.

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[Amazing Theme Park] Grutas Tolantongo

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Do you know Mexico has many hot springs?

Mexico is a resource-rich nation in terms of hot springs, because it is located on Ring of Fire just as same as Japan.

Today I will introduce an amazing spot that seems to symbolize the resources.

Gallons of hot spring water are gushing from giant caves, and there is a theme park centering the warm river flowing out.

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

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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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[Debauched Pilgrims] Motoyu, Yoshino Onsen

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Do you associate Yoshino in Nara with 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.

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[Triple Enchantment] Ebisuya, Tamanashi Onsen

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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.

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[Different Water, Different Color] Giggling Springs Hot Springs

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What are elements that characterize hot springs?

They trigger our five senses by the texture, smell and taste, but the color may be the easiest element to explain the attractiveness through blogs.

Today let us soak in emerald green water, which reminds us of the famous hot springs in Yellowstone National Park…

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[Legacy of the Bubble Era] Yamamizuki, Shimanto Onsen

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Are there any relation between the bubble economy and hot springs?

During the bubble years, many recreation facilities including hot springs were developed across Japan.

However, quite a lot of these were abandoned in financial difficulties afterward.

This hot spring went out of business, even though it hardly did the business, and after a long interval of silence, it was perfectly renovated and you can enjoy the glorious ocean view from the spring with unique color…

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[Renovated Temple] Sanso-nimoku Saienji

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Do you know a temple having hot springs?

Hot springs often pertain to religion.

The place I would like to introduce today is a renovated temple, and not an actively working temple.

However, it takes an important role as a community network, which temples realized at a time in the past.

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[Phoenix-like] Koukichi No Yu, Kurokawa Onsen

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What is superiority of Kurokawa Onsen?

Both the relaxed atmosphere and nature of the spring would be correct answers.

However, you should learn good lessons from this phoenix-like city, which changed from a ghost town just as same as many spa cities in the world, to one of the most popular hot springs in Japan.

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