Onsen – The How To’s, Do’s and Don’ts

Jan 12, 2022 By Bert Wishart

Seismic activity is so ingrained in Japanese life that folklore tells of Namazu, a giant catfish who lives beneath the country and is restrained by the god Kashima. However, when...[ Click to read more ]


Travel to a Relaxing Hot Spring Resort… Without the Travel!

Nov 14, 2021 By Jason Gatewood

It's no secret that Japan is one of the most seismically active places on Earth. But this is also a good thing when you consider one of the country's most...[ Click to read more ]

Take a Soothing Soak at one of Hiroshima’s Super Hot Spring Spas

Jan 29, 2021 By Bert Wishart

As temperatures around the country plummet, the Japanese winter can seem harsh, particularly if you are not fortunate enough to live in an environment that is equipped with central heating....[ Click to read more ]

Gero’s Ryujin Fire Festival in Gifu

Jul 15, 2019 By Bert Wishart

While sitting in your air-conditioned room, sheltering from the humidity outside, perhaps the last thing that you would be thinking of doing is sinking into a nice hot bath. It...[ Click to read more ]

Arima Onsen

Arima Onsen: Come On In, the Water’s Fine

Feb 25, 2019 By Justin Hanus

The mapmakers say Arima Onsen is a part of Kobe but it is way on the other side of Mount Rokko and is thus a world unto itself. And people...[ Click to read more ]

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Japan’s Best Onsen Towns

Oct 14, 2015 By Bert Wishart

As temperatures around the country fall, now is the perfect time to indulge in the Japanese pastime of onsen. Best described as a hot spring bathing spa, onsen is a long held tradition in Japan and...[ Click to read more ]

Hiking and Hot Springs: Highlights of a Weekend in Nagano

Apr 16, 2013 By Ray Proper

Guest post from Peter Ninnes, author of Nagano Onsen Guide: The Top 100 Day-Use Hot Springs Hiking, Walking and Biking Nagano: 16 Tours in Ueda City and Environs Hiking, Walking...[ Click to read more ]