Though Japan definitely has its own share of cold weather, it is also home to some of the world’s most active volcano fault lines. As such, it boasts of more than 3,000 hot springs, or onsen. Because of the cold weather, these onsen are quite popular throughout the country. Most spa towns are open all year round, with the cold season being the most popular.
More than merely relaxing in these onsen, the Japanese believe in their healing powers. The word kamiyu is used to refer to these healing powers. Literally, it means “divine power.” If you are going to visit Japan, you should not miss out on a trip to an onsen. Hotels and inns proliferate in spa towns, making it easy for the traveler. However, if you plan on going during the peak season, it is always wise to make reservations in advance. Otherwise, you may find yourself spending your time searching for accommodations.
[tags]Japan, hot springs, onsen, spa, accomodations[/tags]