Hot springs are a popular way to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city and relax in Japan, especially during the cold months of autumn and winter. While public baths are the norm for large natural hot spring baths, more and more hotels and inns are offering more privacy. You can book small baths for couples and families, and some even offer suites with open-air baths. Also, for those who want to enjoy the luxury of hot springs at home, condos are being built that utilize natural hot springs. Although it is an attempt to attract and survive in the face of increasing competition, it seems to have succeeded in striking a chord with today’s consumers and sparking new demand.
Travel companies are also trying to take advantage of the growing popularity by placing ads in brochures for spa tours. Travel magazines also feature inns with private baths.
According to the research department of a major travel agency, the number of private or chartered baths has risen sharply over the past two years, with one out of every four inns that were extended, remodeled or renovated in recent years having a private bath. Many travel industry insiders expect customer demand for these facilities to continue to grow.
In Japan, there are two similar concepts: onsen and sento (public baths). First of all, “onsen” is the Japanese word for “hot spring”. In Japan, there are also public bathhouses filled with heated tap water. However, there is a big difference in the feel and smell of the hot water and the warmth of the body after entering. In a hot spring, the minerals in the water give you a completely different experience. After entering, you will surely be able to feel the charm of the hot spring.
In Japan, in order to be called an onsen, the water must be at least 25 degrees Celsius and contain a certain amount of minerals, rather than just hot water.
Japan is home to many volcanoes throughout the country, which have created many hot springs throughout the country. It is said that there are more than 27,000 sources of hot springs throughout Japan, and there are 10 different types of hot springs. For this reason, hot springs have long been an integral part of the Japanese way of life, providing both mental and physical health. It’s not just a place to wash your body, it’s also a place to relax and experience the “Touji” of soaking in a hot spring and curing illness. As a result, Japan has a rich and vibrant onsen culture.
Japan has the largest number of hot springs in the world, with many of them reaching 42 degrees Celsius or higher.
In the north part of japan, travellers also enjoy skiing, the reason why skiing in Japan is popular is the incredible abundance of powdery snow. Many resorts have more than 600 inches of snow on average in the winter. And this isn’t just any snow. The snow in Japan is so light and very dry that skiing and riding is incredibly fun.
The snow in Japan is super light and very dry, making skiing and riding incredibly fun. The reason why snow is so good is that cold winds from Siberia collect tremendous amounts of moisture while crossing the Sea of Japan and release it in the form of powder when it makes landfall in the Japanese archipelago. After enjoying skiing, you can heal your tired body at a hot spring.