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Onsen Hot Springs

Japan is home to over 3,000 hot springs, called “onsen” (温泉) in Japanese. With more hot springs than anywhere else in the world, it is a popular pastime and an important part of Japanese culture. There are a large number of hot spring resort towns located throughout the country, but even in each small city you’ll be able to find some sort of onsen. Onsen can come in a variety of forms, such as small public bath...

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“Ryokan”, in general, offers a sleeping accommodation with dinner and breakfast.  The charges are not indicated per room but per person.  As the guests stay here to enjoy hot spring bathing and good meals, “ryokan” is equipped with large public baths and a variety of small baths for a family.  Some high-end “ryokan” have a private bath for exclusive use, as shown in the first picture, in each...

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Among many sources of hot springs called ‘Jigoku’, literally translated into an inferno or a hell, the eight major ‘Jogokus’ in Kannawa and Kamegawa areas are well known. It is said that too many hot fountainheads around here had prevented the people from farming due to the hydrogen sulfide gas. However, these obstacles has been changed to the representative attractions of Beppu by the name of...

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Beppu that boasts Japan’s largest hot spring town has been developed since the end of the 19th century when a neighboring port was brought into operation. The first ‘Takegawara-onsen’ was created at the same time as the port was opened and was the busiest with the visitors who needed hot spring treatment early in the 20th century. The grand two-storied wooden building in the picture above built in 1938 is the present...

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