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Have you ever been to Japanese Hot Springs? We call it "Onsen".



An onsen is a term for hot springs in the Japanese language, though the term is often used to describe the bathing facilities and inns around the hot springs. As a volcanically active country, Japan has thousands of onsen scattered along its length and breadth. Onsen were traditionally used as public bathing places and today play a central role in directing Japanese domestic tourism.
Onsen come in many types and shapes, including outdoor and indoor baths. Baths may be either public run by a municipality or private often run as part of a hotel, ryokan or Minshuku(bed and breakfast).
- From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

When I was a kid, my grandma took me Onsen(Hot springs) and stay at Ryokan(Japanese traditional hotel) for summer and winter vacations. 

Most ryokan offer dinner and breakfast, which are often included in the price of the room. Most visitors do take their meals at the ryokan, which usually promote themselves on the quality of their food. Meals consist of traditional Japanese cuisine known as kaiseki, which features seasonal and regional specialties. (Kaiseki originally referred to light meals served during a tea ceremony, and today refers to a meal consisting of a number of small, varied dishes.) In order for each dish to be enjoyed at the proper temperature, ryokan stress that guests should be punctual for their meals. For this reason, most ryokan ask guests to confirm the time they want to take their meals.
Some ryokan have a communal dining area, but most serve meals in the guests' rooms. Ryokan which are likely to serve non-Japanese guests may also have a selection of Western food.
 - From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia



Fresh sea foods, Tempura, Soup....It's so yummy!!

Also normally Ryokan has a beautiful Japanese garden. So, before dinner you can enjoy their garden and also their hot springs.



Probably most westerner would be shocked when they heard you had to be naked to be in a hot spring. Yes, it's true. Not like a SPA. No swim suite allowed unfortunately. Of course female and male bath are different and both can't see each others nor from the guest rooms.

Nowadays some Ryokan offer the private Hot spring which is you can book the time for hot spring. You don't need to share hot spring with strangers this way.

I grow up this culture, so I really don't mind and even Japanese girls are travel together to go to hot springs in Japan.

If you are interested there are several web you can check in English for hot spring and Ryokan.

Japan Traveler Online

Japan Ryokan Association

Hope you love hot springs and ryokan!



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