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Unazuki Onsen: a surreal experience

The mouth to the beautiful Kurobe Gorge is not easy to get to. It took us two changes of trains and the better part of a day’s journey to get here from Minakami Onsen. Most visitors do not stay long. … Continue reading

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Takaragawa Osenkaku’s mixed gender baths

From certain angles you can’t tell where the river ends and the baths begin. Set in the hills of Minakami, Takaragawa Osenkaku is well known for its spectacular riverside rotemburo. Takaragawa Osenkaku claims its baths to be among the largest … Continue reading

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9 Days in Japan

I’m interrupting the posts on China to also blog a bit on a recent trip to Japan. My backlog stretches so far back it’s not even funny anymore. Just this year alone so far I’ve gone to Melbourne and the … Continue reading

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Aizu Wakamatsu and Ashinomaki

In Oct 1868, when the 20 young boys sequestered up in the hills above Aizu Wakamatsu saw the clouds of billowing smoke over this castle, they assumed all was lost. They believed their lord dead or captured and so made … Continue reading

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Mori-no-uta

This is the key. Key to my room at the Morinouta resort at Jozankei Onsen. I only stayed a night – but that was enough to give me a quick insight into the understated and discreet ways of pampering and … Continue reading

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Footbath in the snow anyone?

What makes me love Japan so much? Cute quirky surprises like these. This is not a cabin in the woods, but a foot onsen. After all the hiking and snow-walking, rest the weary feet in soothing hot onsen water. Bliss.

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Tsubo-yu

Tsubo-yu is the tiniest onsen I have ever bathed in and probably the only chance anyone could have to bath in a World Heritage Site. It’s so small that only two people could comfortably fit in there at a time. … Continue reading

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