Category: Onsens

Okukinu Onsen

A Change of Pace One day we were still cavorting in the snow at Tateyama; the next morning we were hurtling our way towards Demon land, also known as Okukinu Onsen 奥鬼怒温泉, an area with hidden hot springs. The Journey to Demon land wasn’t straightforward. We started from […]

Nishiyama – The Third Onsen

Minobu Station 身延駅 was deserted – not a single soul in sight except us who came here to meet the ryokan bus. Our big boss told us we would be going to a secret onsen. We were 100% anticipation but 0% expectation. The shops were open though, giving […]

Yumura – The Second Onsen

After Chichibu and the contemporary-townhouse-inspired Hotel Beyer, we felt like we were finally digging deep into Japan’s onsen culture when we walked into Yanagiya. The wooden sliding doors at the entrance, the large lantern next it litting a path to the reception, the foyer just behind the entranceway, […]

Shirahama Onsen

After Autumn Leaves, Bliss by the Sea Choosing an onsen after 5 full days of red-leaves frenzy in Kyoto was hard. Compared to Kanto, options in Kansai were considerably limited and pricier. Went to Kinosaki in 2015, out. Kurama /Arashiyama /Takao – too near, good for day jaunts […]

Mikurigaike Onsen – Japan’s Highest Onsen

The instructions were: bring your own toothbrush and towel. Soap, bathing facilities, charging outlets provided. I didn’t read it to the end. That’s why the rest of my entourage ended up brandishing their toothbrushes glumly at the counter staff. But, they could rent towels for 150¥ apiece – […]