Grab your towel because it’s time for an epic Japanese onsen bath adventure! We will explore 13 Onsen Towns, hopping from one to another as a “bath tourist” around Fukushima. Naked outside in the snow? It’s part of the fun!
Japanese Onsen are natural hot springs and around them are amazing places where you can bathe in many different kinds of waters. Bath tourism to onsen towns has always been popular with Japanese but as more people come to Japan for a visit, more are visiting the onsen and there are hundreds of hot spring towns.
Onsen baths are loaded with minerals that are good for the body, making your skin silky soft. Most of the water in these areas seeps from the ground, the hot water being the reason why many towns exist at that particular spot, their history rooting in its water.
It’s the one do not miss recommendations I have for any trip to Japan. Every onsen is different so in this episode, I visit 13 different onsen towns in Fukushima prefecture, most with history going back centuries.
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Onsen and Ryokan featured in this episode:
☆ Sahako no yu public bath house http://www.iwakicity-park.or.jp/sahako/
☆ Shintsuta https://www.japanican.com/en/hotel/detail/4119009/
☆ Hana no yu http://www.hotelhananoyu.jp/
☆ Urabandai Grandeco Tokyu Hotel http://www.tokyuhotelsjapan.com/en/hotel/TH/TH_GRAND/index.html
☆ Yamagataya Ryokan http://www.tokyuhotelsjapan.com/en/hotel/TH/TH_GRAND/index.html
☆ Kawachi Ryokan http://www.kawachiya-gr.jp/hotel/
☆ Hanakanzashi https://www.japanican.com/en/hotel/detail/2526A04/?aff=rsv
☆ Tamago yu http://www.tamagoyu.net/
☆ Hotel Sansuiso http://www.sansuiso.jp/
☆ Sabakoyu http://www.fckk.co.jp/onsen/?page_id=5
☆ Ryokan Harataki http://www.yumeguri.co.jp/en/
☆ Ookawaso http://www.ookawaso.co.jp/en/
☆ Toryukan https://travel.rakuten.com/hotel/Japan-Fukushima-Shimogo-Toryukan_Yunokami_Onsen/17905/
☆ Iwaburo http://www.kanko-aizu.com/higaeri/3116/
See the next chapter of this video here:
More Japanese baths?
Inside Tokyo Sento Bath House Tour episode: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XDo9IGDVgsw
This show has been created and produced by John Daub ジョン・ドーブ. He’s been living and working in Japan for over 19 years and regularly reports on TV for Japan’s International Channel.