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Thoroughly enjoy the Japanese hot spring

A closer look: Hot springs and "ryokan" inns

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"Refreshing the mind and body" via natural hot springs and abundant nature

Photo_緑豊かな温泉風景 One of the major attractions of hot spring areas is a location surrounded in tranquility. Escaping the noise of the busy city allows you to stop being pressured by the ticking of the clock and restores peace within your heart. And the real charm of the Japanese hot spring is the feeling of melting into the various forms of nature, like fields and mountains, the seashore, lakesides, and riversides. The abundant and delicate scenery created by the nature of Japan as it changes its face throughout the four seasons is, in fact, worthy of being called art. The open air bath skillfully blends in with these wonderful surroundings. Soaking into one of these open air baths, you will slip into a sensation that feels like you have melted into nature and time has stopped.
In days of old, hot springs were used for medical treatment. Long ages since, hot spring trips have become a major form of Japanese leisure. Fatigue and stress built up during daily life melt away, and you will be filled with the vitality to jump back into tomorrow --- a sensation called the "refreshing of the mind and body."

Japanese people and hot spring culture

Photo_法師温泉大浴場 Tracing the development of most hot spring areas usually leads to the custom of "hot spring therapy." Hot spring therapy is a long term stay in a hot spring area with the goal of medical treatment. Natural hot springs have different curative properties depending on the spring quality, including properties to treat problems like cuts, joint pain, and digestive illnesses. Hot springs that feature particularly notable effects and are very popular are the "beautification baths" that give skin a youthful quality, "eye treatment baths" that are said to be linked to curative effects for eye problems, and "digestion baths" that promote wellness in the digestive organs. When the medical science of today was still undeveloped, people learned of the effects and properties of these hot springs through experience, and the springs were helpful in maintaining good health when bathed in or imbibed. Accounts of hot springs even appear in the "Kojiki," inscribed in the 8th century as the oldest history text in Japan. This shows just how long the Japanese people have continued to have a deep relationship with hot springs.

The imagination enhances the attractiveness of hot springs

Photo_法師温泉風景 Hot spring areas all over Japan have left behind an infinite number of historical episodes and legends related to how the springs were developed. Formed from a fusion of fire and water, two elements considered holy in traditional Japanese culture, these natural wonders include hot springs said to have been discovered by the deities of Japan, hot springs said to have been divined by famous Japanese monks like Kukai, hot springs said to have been used by feudal warlords to heal wounds, and hot springs that enjoyed visits from numerous writers, calligraphers, and artists and served as inspiration to give birth to famous works for future generations to enjoy... Casting our thoughts to these kinds of myths and historical events can allow us to feel even closer to Japan.