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The Water Voyage – Water Episode 1 – From the Azuchi-Momoyama period, Toyotomi Hideyoshi’s favorite “ARIMA ONSEN” made from an ‘active fault’. Lodge: Arima Onsen Gekkoen Korokan (月光園 鴻朧館)

Regional revitalization of Arima Onsen by ‘Gyouki’, a monk of the Nara period Arima Onsen (有馬温泉) of the Hyogo Prefecture (兵庫県) is valued as one…

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The Water Voyage – A trip to HYOGO ARIMA, KYOTO FUSHIMI, OHARA, and MIYAMA

Japan’s largest Freshwater; Lake Biwa’s journey through Kansai Located in the SHIGA Prefecture (滋賀県) of the Kansai region, lies Japan’s largest freshwater and one of…

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ONSEN in Summer?! The 3 Best ONSEN for your “Health management” in this summer vacation

Why do I recommend to bathe in ONSEN even in summer? You might think that ONSEN is only for winter because it warms your body…

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“Summer Retreat” at a historical ONSEN inn nestled deep in the forest

KIRIZUMI ONSEN (霧積温泉) in GUNMA Prefecture is the best choice if you want to visit ONSEN in summer. I’ve visited this place in July, in…

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UTSUKUSHIGAHARA ONSEN with cherry & camellia trees fully blooming

I’ve visited NAGANO Prefecture for TOUJI when spring was in full swing. MATSUMOTO City (松本市) in NAGANO Prefecture. It must be the nearest ONSEN from…

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The 5 Best TOUJI YADO in KANTO Region where you can easily access from Tokyo by bus

TOUJI (湯治) is a Japanese traditional culture. As its Chinese characters literally mean, it is to cure diseases and injuries by the power of natural…

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Japan’s largest cypress bath “SEN’NIN BURO (Thousand person’s bath)” at KANAYA RYOKAN, IZU Peninsula

There is an old ONSEN Ryokan (ONSEN Inn) with a long history in SHIMODA (下田) City, SHIZUOKA Prefecture. It is “KANAYA RYOKAN (金谷旅館)” which has…

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An old thatched inn where tremendous amount of fresh ONSEN keep flowing for centuries

NISHIYA RYOKAN (西屋旅館) at SHIRABU ONSEN (白布温泉) in YAMAGATA Prefecture started their operation during KAMAKURA Period, and has a history of over 700 years. Although…

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Milky white ONSEN with cherry blossoms in full bloom at SHIRAHONE ONSEN

SHIRAHONE ONSEN (白骨温泉), located in NAGANO Prefecture, was named as the ingredients of its ONSEN (hot spring) which had stuck to bathtubs looked like white…

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Outdoor ONSEN with cherry blossom view at one of 3 unexplored regions in Japan

There are places called “Japan’s 3 unexplored regions” – SHIRAKAWAGO (白川郷) in GIFU Prefecture, SHIIBA Village (椎葉村) in MIYAZAKI Prefecture, and IYA (祖谷) in TOKUSHIMA…

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