Onsen – Hot Springs (温泉)

Onsen is the name of the hot springs in Japan, and often also the name of the accompanying tourism infrastructure – hotels, inns, restaurants located near the source. In the country full of manifestations of volcanism, there are more than 2000 hot springs used for bathing. Onsen are open when bathing takes place in a natural reservoir filled with hot water from a spring and closed when hot mineral water is filled with special baths ofuro. Rest on hot springs traditionally plays a key role in domestic Japanese tourism.

Now there are both natural onsenes and man-made ones. In artificial onsen, there is also hot mineral water. So in terms of recovery, it is no worse than natural.

I went to the eastern part of Japan to a small town called Toyooka. It is a Japanese city on the island of Honshu on the coast of the Sea of Japan, located in Hyogo Prefecture, north of Tottori. Formed on April 1, 1950 as a result of the merger of three villages into the city. To the sights of the city you can refer Izosi Castle and hot mineral springs Kinosaki-onsen.

The benefits of these mineral baths are very much appreciated in Japan. An hour and a half spent in geothermal waters can not only restore the body after exhausting workdays, but also significantly improve the overall tone of the body. Of course, you can come here on an excursion – for a day or two, but if you want to get a noticeable healing effect, then it’s worthwhile staying at least for a week. Such baths perfectly help with skin diseases, various traumas, nervous exhaustion, poor blood circulation, perfectly relieve fatigue and pain. Interesting sensations and impressions can be obtained from a winter bath in a hot spring: while the body is basking in hot mineralized water, fresh frosty air cool the head.

For Japanese, annual visits to thermal waters are a mandatory procedure. They are so fond of these bathing, and appreciate the healing effect that is unlikely to change the healing effect of natural waters on the delights of foreign resorts.

Despite the fact that the prices for such pleasures are pretty decent, it does not bother local residents, and the excitement around such places does not depend even on the season. Even in anime (Japanese cartoons), there are always heroes who have a rest in these natural terms.

For the Japanese, visiting hot springs is a whole culture. They come with families, singly, with friends, in order to feel the miraculous power of nature, to plunge into its healing waters and relax. This is favored by the developed industry of onsen: man-made and natural, baths and pools are located in picturesque places with charming landscapes and landscapes, close to comfortable hotels. By the way, places in such hotels, you need to book in advance, as their extraordinary popularity leads to the fact that there is usually no free rooms.

Rules for visiting thermal springs:

Before visiting the spa, you should always wash yourself in the designated place.

Take baths only in the nude – for sanitary reasons (towels, clothes or bathing suits there will not be allowed, since the water must be clean).

The Japanese use towels to cover themselves outside the bath, cool the body and face, put a towel soaked in cold water on your head during the procedure.

For Japanese, these terms are places for a quiet, peaceful holiday, where you can enjoy the quiet, and noisy behavior, like drinking is not welcome here.

Here is a small representation of hot springs.

I hope it was useful and interesting.