Onsen (Hot Spring) Addict in Japan

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Onsen (Hot Spring) Addict in Japan
A blog that explores Japanese culture through the perspective of a hot spring addict. Hot springs are windows into Japanese culture. Environmental issues, lifestyles, values, tourism, and other important topics are touched on, too.
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  • Summer Hot Spring Experience in Tokamachi: Art, Baths, Forest Walks, Gourmet Food 1 month ago Hot Spring Addict Relaxing in one of the Outdoor Baths at Matsunoyama Onsen Ryokan ChitoseWith over three thousand hot spring resort areas in Japan, one could spend a lifetime trying out new baths —what a great life that would be—so why visit some areas again and again? Often, one trip is not...
  • Meeting Extraordinary People in Japanese Hot Springs 4 months ago When naked in a hot spring, the layers of clothing that display our pretensions, our fashion statements, and our barriers no longer separate our bare selves from others. In a shared hot spring bath, with the right people and the right timing,  connections develop between strangers. The Japanese...
  • Renting Private Baths at Onsens in Japan 4 months ago Many tourists in Japan want to bathe in hot springs with friends and loved ones, but they do not want to expose their naked bodies to the eyes of strangers. Luckily, private bathing facilities exist in Japan. When visiting public onsens that offer both public and private bathing choices, newbies to...
  • Baths With Great Tokyo City Views 7 months ago If you are in Tokyo and want to bathe and enjoy spectacular city views while staying in a reasonably-priced hotel, keep reading. The main joy and focus of the Hotspring Addict are Japanese Onsens. However, non-onsen bathing facilities, if deemed outstanding, will receive due mention. The...
  • Best Japanese Hot Spring in Nature 9 months ago This year's best Japanese hot spring in nature award goes to Yunohira Onsen, a hot spring hidden away in the distant reaches of remote Shibata, Niigata. Hot water drains from cliff cracks into rocky baths at the bottom of a gorge. Crystal water churns white as it plunges down the path of a winding...

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  • The Seven Best and the Worst Experiences of a Hot Spring Addict in Japan Writing Contest March 2013 Since there are approximately 27,000 hot springs in Japan, a hot spring is usually close by. I have bathed in about five hundred Japanese hot springs. Memories of seven poignant hot spring experiences still cause strong feelings of relaxation,...
  • Japans Five Most Fantastic Festive Events Expat Blog Awards 2013 Under the mythical nation of “homogeneous Japan Inc” lies a reality of unique events that merge sex and death, fire and snow, cooperation and competition in perspectives that cannot be experienced in just one place or during one visit. That’s...

ExpatsBlog.com Expat Blog Awards 2013: Japan Gold Award!

This blog won the Gold Award for best expat blog in Japan!

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Website Reviews » There is 1 review on Onsen (Hot Spring) Addict in Japan

David Clasen
11:57 AM February 26, 2013

this blog is an inspiration: the author knows his subject brilliantly; he translates both language and culture sympathetically; and the quality of the photography is superb (i wonder how many cameras are lost in the process!). it makes me want to spend a lot longer in japan. happily i am at least going to go for a fortnight and, thanks to greg, i am confident the visit is going to include some very pleasurable bathing. bravo!

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