Why you need to visit an onsen in Japan

Ranked #80 in our countdown of ‘100 Ultimate Travel Experiences of a Lifetime’.

 

With more natural hot springs than anywhere else on Earth, Japan is sprinkled with steamy onsens and the resort towns that come with them.

Heated by geothermic activity under the Earth’s surface, various types of rock impart different minerals that are dissolved in the water, believed to provide health benefits from relaxation, to healing skin conditions and even cancer.

It’s not just the minerals that distinguish these public baths either – they can be indoors or outdoors, gender-separated or mixed.

This is one dip with a difference.

 

Once you get past the hang-up over nudity, you’ll long to return every day to the world’s best hot spas.

– Craig Tansley

 

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