‘Spirited Away,’ to a Day Trip from Hiroshima

December 27, 2016 by Jade Brischke

The cold weather at this of year is the perfect opportunity for embracing the Japanese spirit and heading to an onsen or hot spring. Although there are options within the surrounding area and of course, to the north, those people who dislike the cold may be looking for an alternative. That alternative is Matsuyama. Matsuyama is located […]

Day Trips From Nagoya – Gero’s Ryujin Fire Festival

July 25, 2016 by Mark Guthrie

While sitting in your air conditioned room, sheltering from the humidity outside, perhaps the last thing that you would be thinking of doing is sinking into a nice hot bath. It seems somewhat counter productive, doesn’t it? However, here in Japan there is a train of thought that says that it the heat of an […]

Japan’s Best Onsen Towns

October 14, 2015 by Mark Guthrie

As temperatures around the country fall, now is the perfect time to indulge in the Japanese pastime of onsen. Best described as a hot spring bathing spa, onsen is a long held tradition in Japan and the near endless supply of geothermal springs is the one positive aspect of living in a nation of constantly shifting tectonic plates. Below are some of […]

Onsen – The How To’s, Do’s and Don’ts

December 12, 2014 by Mark Guthrie

As temperatures around the country plummet, the Japanese winter can seem harsh, particularly if you are not fortunate enough to live in an environment that is equipped with central heating. However, as unlikely as it seems, there is some cause for celebration, as the winter is the perfect time to indulge in the Japanese pastime […]

Enoshima Island Spa on the Miura Peninsula

October 10, 2013 by Ray Proper

I was surprised to learn there are only two 100 percent natural hot spring facilities on the Miura Peninsula. Enoshima Island Spa is one of these and even more rare, was the fact they have an onsen pool included in the indoor/outdoor pool facility. This made it possible for our whole family to enjoy a […]