Category: Onsens

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 […]

Kyushu 12-Day Itinerary

If you are an onsen aficionado, you definitely need to visit Kyushu. Oita and Kagoshima are ranked #1 and #2 in Japan for having the most number of hot spring sources so you can expect a long list of renowned onsen resorts (Beppu, Yufuin, Kurokawa, Kirishima) to choose […]

Hirugami Onsen

From Mountain to Valley We got back to Kofu 甲府 from Mt Houou at around noon and without much ado, booked ourselves on the first train out to Okaya 岡谷 (Limited Express Azusa, 50 mins). At Okaya, we transferred to the JR Iida Line bound for Iida 飯田 […]

Myoken Onsen

A Thunderstorm Brought an Unexpected Surprise  On our last day in Kagoshima, we woke up to a thunderstorm – and out went the plans to go Ibusuki 指宿 (couldn’t imagine taking a wet sand bath). We could have moved to Myoken Onsen 妙見温泉 immediately but the ryokan staff […]