How do you stay warm during winter in Japan?
- The hot springs is definitely a culture that plays a big role in Japan.
Japan located on the border of many different continental plates, making it an island with many active volcanos, Japan has many hot springs as well.
We have selected five popular locations to share with you this time along with local gourmet specialties.
Oita Prefecture - Yufuin Onsen and the Sekisaba, Sekiaji
- Yufuin Onsen, located in Oita Prefecture in Kyushu.
Fukuoka is one of the famous spots in the Kyushu region, but don't leave the others out.
Oita prefecture is famous for several onsen districts. Beppu is one of the well known but so is Yufuin.
- Image source: Saigakukan official webpage
Here at the Yufuin district, there are many Ryokans, a more traditional type of Japanese inns, and each ryokan has its own onsen and specialty cuisines.
- There are specific kinds of mackerels that you only can get here and those are the Sekisaba, a kind of mackerel, and Sekiaji, a kind of horse mackerel.
When in the right seasons, mainly from late autumn till early spring, these mackerels have better texture and sweetness, and you can only get these kinds in Oita.
5. Yamagata - Ginzan onsen and the Ghibli like atmosphere
- The last, but not the least, Ginzan onsen is another unique destination for onsen lovers.
It the hot spring itself as well as the atmosphere that gives it a special feeling here in Ginzan.
For many of the Japanese people, it gives a nostalgic feeling leaving the styles back from the Taisho period, but for visitors from out of Japan, the place is famous because it gives the feeling that you are in the Japanese Ghibli anime, "Spirited Away".
- If you wish to go to the Ginzan onsen in Yamagata prefecture, it would be nice to visit other places within the prefectures. Places like Tendo is another wonderful place to visit to see the nature and the unique town of Shogi, the Japanese chess.
So, that was our list of five places to try the Japanese hot springs.
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