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.
Kinki 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
What is your comfort temperature for soaking?
Not only individual tastes but also cultures define the comfort temperature.
There are many hot springs in the USA, but most of them are not so hot.
Indeed, it may be reasonable considering its lower physical burden.
However, sometimes you may want to renew myself in body and spirit, by soaking in extremely hot water.
New Mexico, Rating [4/5] Extremely Hot, Private Bath, Sightseeing, Sulfur Dioxide
When do you think hot springs are forced to close?
It is terribly 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.
Kinki Region, Rating [3/5] Peat Smell, Sightseeing
Where did American Indians choose the place 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.
New Mexico, Rating [2/5] Sightseeing, Wilderness
Do you think 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.
New Mexico, Rating [2/5] Lodging, Mixed Bath, Private Bath, Sightseeing
Do you think men’s and women’s bath should be completely separated?
When you are with a partner of the opposite gender, it may be more convenient if you can hear each other’s voice.
At this hot spring, surprisingly, a movable “Onsen Bazooka” is connecting men’s bathroom to women’s one.
Chubu Region, Rating [5/5] Hydrogen Sulfide, Sightseeing, Tepid