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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  • Free Public Outdoor Hot Springs in Myoko, Niigata 2 weeks ago Kawaranoyu in Tsubame Onsen, Myoko, NiigataAdd caption My wife and I, with another couple, bathed in a free outdoor hot spring at night. Rain clouds and the sun setting on the other sides of craggy peaks were darkening the walking path to Ougonnoyu (name of the bath) as we arrived in the...
  • Bathing in a Japanese Onsen and Car Camping During a Pandemic 2 months ago To bathe or not to bathe in an onsen these days, that is the question.  After Japan's state of emergency was lifted, I decided I would soak if I could find an environment that seemed safe. For several months, this hot spring addict abstained from entering the sacred waters of Japanese onsens out...
  • Japanese Hot Spring Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Japanese Onsens? 5 months ago Thinking deeply about hot springsChoose the best answer for each question. Scroll to the bottom to read the correct answers. Click on the links to read informative posts and boost your knowledge of Japanese hot springs. 1. What do city officials in Beppu, Japan, award to bathers who soak in 88...
  • Enjoy Yoga or Stretch Pole Exercises Before Bathing in a Japanese Hot Spring 9 months ago Japanese hot springs promote mental, emotional, and physical well-being. Add yoga exercises or stretch pole exercises to double the health benefits. The folks at Senami Onsen in Murakami, Niigata, have a plan to help you lose stress and loosen up your body with healthful stretching.  From the...
  • Onsen Hotel with Hellishly Good Hot Spring Hell Images 10 months ago The Japanese use the word hell (地獄, pronounced jigoku) for both the mythical area where humans suffer for their sins and an area where enormous quantities of hot water and steam issue from Earth.Shiraike JigokuSituated on one of the most active regions of the Ring of Fire, Japan has its share...

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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...

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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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