Hot Springs, or “onsen”

Onsen

Throughout this tour participants will be able to experience the relaxing Japanese custom of bathing in a hot spring. The Japanese have enjoyed bathing in hot springs for centuries. However the custom mostly gained traction in the Edo period (1603–1868). Today, Japanese people visit hot springs for physical and mental relaxation.

Nearly every hot spring bath has some type of properties or minerals that are believed to improve the elasticity and texture of skin and heal a variety of illness or injuries.

Another added benefit of hot springs is that they can be enjoyed all year round. Whether it is spring, summer, autumn or winter, the scenery reflecting the passing of the seasons is incredibly soothing when viewed from an outdoor bath.

As hot springs and nature go hand in hand, it is not surprising that hot springs also frequently appear in literary works. One prominent example is Snow Country, a novel written by Japanese Nobel laureate Yasunari Kawabata that takes place amongst the winter white backdrop of a snowy hot springs resort town in northern Japan.

Bathing at an onsen is a great way to enjoy the Japanese nature and culture. Do take advantage of this opportunity to experience Japan like a local.