The Japanese new year is a celebration of new hopes and firsts: first meal, first sunrise, first visit to a shrine and, my favorite, the first bath of the year.
With the onset of the colder weather the number of blog posts about onsen visits also rises. This week we have a review of Kinosaki Onsen and Dogo Onsen, a bathing experience in a ryokan, a great tip on how to recreate the goodness of an onsen in the comfort of your own home and a look at some of the best onsen in Tokyo.
Two sento-related posts caught my attention this week.
Tennen Onsen Yuan is located in the town of Miki, in rural Hyogo. With a small mountain in it’s back yard and only a small road leading up through a sleepy suburb you are easily fooled into thinking you’ve missed a turn and got lost. But the narrow road soon gives way to a wide parking area.
Information about Spaworld’s current ¥1,000 campaign.
It has been a fairly quiet week on the sento & onsen blogging front, but we managed to find a few interesting articles about public bathing.
This is the first edition of the weekly sento digest, an overview of what other blogs have been writing about public baths in Japan.
Dogo Onsen is the oldest and most famous bath house in Japan. It has featured in a book and a movie and has over 3,000 years of history.
Distinguishing between onsen and sento is not always as straight forward as you might imagine. The difference is in whether a bath house gets its hot water from a hot spring or the tap. Find out all about the difference.
I live in a city with a decent number of sento, but I usually go to the same one every week. This week I wanted to go on Wednesday but my regular sento is closed on Wednesdays, so an excellent excuse to check out one of the others in town.