Japanese hot springs, the ultimate Japanese experience

Japanese hot springs, the ultimate Japanese experience 🛁💦
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The mornings and evenings are chilly, the leaves are changing colour and it’s time to reach for that coat in the back of the wardrobe. Yes, winter is coming! It’s around this time of year that Japanese people start longing for a hot spring visit. Why are hot springs so integral to Japanese culture?

Bathing bliss

Japan is dotted with over 3,000 hot springs – many of which are a result of volcanic activity. Hot springs are commonly found in beautiful locations rich with nature all over Japan – far away from city life – and are one of the easiest getaways from a busy world. Stresses and worries slip away instantly as you slide into the steaming rejuvenating water. Even better are open-air hot springs, where you can soak shoulder-deep in a large bathtub outdoors surrounded by stunning nature.

Ultimate Japanese experience

The colour, texture and mineral content of hot spring water differs from place to place. Traditional Japanese hot spring inns – ryokans – offer many ways to enjoy them from open-air baths, waterfall-shower baths, to lying-down baths and more. Some even have private open-air baths for complete privacy. After soaking in the hot springs, relax on tatami mats in your room while enjoying seasonal delicacies unique to the region. At a ryokan, you can truly immerse yourself in Japanese culture.

Soak, stroll and relax

After a revitalising soak, a stroll around the neighbourhood is another way to enjoy hot spring towns. Many have a long history and maintain their traditional charm. Some ryokans offer a yukata – a traditional casual robe – allowing you to walk around the town like a local! Take a stroll and enjoy the extraordinary, authentic sceneries of Japan.

Come join us on our tours. There’s nothing like unwinding in a hot spring after a day exploring Japan!

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Kintetsu International Express (Oceania) is an ATAS accredited travel agent in Australia, a member of the Australian Federation of Travel Agents. In Australia, we specialise in arranging Corporate and Group Travel for businesses, schools, religious groups and cultural organisations. We have Travel Centres in Sydney and Melbourne serving our Australian customers and offices in Cairns, Gold Coast and Auckland handling Japanese inbound tours. We are also an authorised travel agent to sell Japan Rail Pass and Kintetsu Rail Pass in Australia

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Kintetsu International belongs to the travel arm of the Kintetsu Group, a multi-billion-dollar conglomerate which operates a major Japanese rail system, bus & freight forwarding companies, department stores, restaurants & hotel chains. We have more than 150 offices in Japan and more than 40 overseas offices worldwide. Utilising our global network, we guide our customers to every location around the globe with quality and dependable services.