航空チケット+ホテル スキーツアー 高速バス・深夜バス
航空チケット+ホテル スキーツアー 高速バス・深夜バス
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Tips for Onsen

Onsen bathing is a part of Japanese culture, and much of its customs. You don't need to be an expert to enjoy the springs, but if you familiarize yourself with the local way, you might enjoy the springs even more.

Just because the hot springs are good for you doesn't mean you should overdo it. Try not to bathe more than 2 to 3 times a day, about 30 minutes each time including washing time. That's about 10 minutes actually spent in the water, with the water temperature above 40°C. If the water is below 40°C, then it is fine to soak longer. Lukewarm, low mineral content water is better for longer soaks. If the temperature is high, then don't go straight into it, but warm yourself up before you go in by scooping the water with the basins provided and pouring it over yourself several times (It is always nice to do so anyway, so that others know you've cleaned yourself).
The hot springs not only contain beneficial minerals but the water pressure and buoyancy is also thought to be good for the body. Try floating in the water-this is believed to relax you by simulating the environment inside a mother's womb. By warming up, your pores open and clear out, allowing the minerals in the water to be absorbed. Bathing in the hot springs not only relaxes you, but also balances your nervous system.
Onsens are essentially a public bath, and you will probably want to clean yourself before you leave it. Note, however, that the minerals don't get absorbed by the skin for about 6 to 7 hours. Therefore if you clean yourself, rinse with hot spring water using the basins or take one last dip after cleansing.
Some hot springs are good for bathing and for drinking. The water contains minerals that are thought to stimulate the metabolism. Be careful, make sure that the water is officially fit for consumption, and use the faucet that is designated for drinking. Take your time, and try to sip it slowly over 30 to 50 minutes. Saline, carbonate, sodium bicarbonate, and radium spring waters are good to drink before a meal. Hot spring water should be consumed on an empty stomach, and not before sleeping.



Noboribetsu onsen
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Yuzawa onsen
Ikaho onsen
Izu onsen
Atami onsen
Ito onsen
Dogo onsen
Kusatsu onsen
Kinugawa onsen
Yufuin onsen
Beppu onsen
Ibusuki onsen
Nanki Shirahama onsen
Gero onsen
Nagahama onsen





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