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.
Colorado, Rating [5/5] Extremely Hot, Lodging, Opaque, Sightseeing, Sulfur Dioxide, Upwelling from the 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.
Arizona, Rating [3/5] Lodging, Mixed Bath, Private Bath, Sightseeing, Tepid
Do you know what ultra-Plinian eruption is?
Volcanic activities sometimes have destructive influence on human society.
Out of them, ultra-Plinian eruption brings on a particularly large explosion that causes global change in environment and mass extinction.
Around such supervolcano, hot springs have been gushing over one million years after the eruption.
New Mexico, Rating [2/5] Hot Spring River, Secluded, Sightseeing, 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.
Mexico, Rating [2/5] Lodging, Private Bath, Sightseeing, Tepid
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.
Mexico, Rating [5/5] Lodging, Sightseeing
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.
Mexico, Rating [5/5] Extremely Hot, Lodging, Opaque, Sightseeing, Sulfur Dioxide
Which do you like peaks or valleys?
This time, I will visit an unfinished resort with hot springs, which is located at the bottom of a deep valley where the seventh-highest bridge in the United States is spanning.
New Mexico, Rating [2/5] Secluded, Sightseeing, Tepid
Why do you think hot springs are hot?
If they are in volcanic areas, you may imagine that the magma body heats underground water.
However, it cannot explain scalding hot water gushing in the area where there are no active volcanos nearby.
In fact, movements of plates of the earth create some hot springs.
Kansai Region, Rating [5/5] Extremely Hot, Hydrogen Sulfide, Lodging, Sightseeing
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.
Hokkaido-Tohoku Region, Rating [5/5] Hydrogen Sulfide, Lodging, Opaque, Sightseeing
Does a better-known hot spring 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.
Chugoku-Shikoku Region, Rating [2/5] Lodging, Sightseeing