Tag - onsen



A total of 65 stores in Toyosu Senkyaku Banrai offer various food and drinks, with many that incorporate fresh ingredients from the Toyosu market.
Jan 29, 2024
New Edo-inspired venue near Toyosu market offers more than fish
Toyosu Senkyaku Banrai hosts restaurants and an onsen area that uses water sourced from popular hot spring towns in Kanagawa Prefecture.
The defunct Ichiyotei Hotel (background), which is undergoing renovation work, and a model of the proposal for the building in Minakami, Gunma Prefecture.
Dec 3, 2023
Residents use big-city thinking to bring onsen town back from brink
It is hoped that Minakami Onsen can be returned to its past glory as a tourism hot spot in collaboration with local authorities and private companies.
A man who claims to be "a woman inside" has been arrested for entering the women's bathing area at a hot spring facility in Mie Prefecture.
Nov 14, 2023
Man claiming to be woman arrested for entering female baths in Mie
The suspect was quoted by the police as saying, "I'm a woman inside so I don't understand at all why I'm not allowed in the women's baths."
David Joiner’s books all share a detailed focus on local arts and crafts . In his latest book, “The Heron Catchers,” "kutaniyaki" ceramics of Yamanaka Onsen, Ishikawa Prefecture, take center stage.
Nov 12, 2023
Location is everything in 'The Heron Catchers'
Author David Joiner ties the local crafts and literary history of Ishikawa Prefecture's Yamanaka Onsen into his new novel.
Single-use bathing wear that comes in the form of a blouse or a dress
JAPAN / Society / Regional Voices: Kyushu
Nov 6, 2023
Breast cancer survivors face tough time at public baths
It is customary in Japan not to take clothing or towels into the water at public baths, and some facilities make it a rule for hygienic reasons.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
May 16, 2023
Struggling hot spring resorts get boost from Chinese investors
Many Chinese buyers of inns and hotels are willing to pay twice the market price to take them over, according to sellers and industry sources.
Japan Times
LIFE / Travel
Apr 8, 2023
A long and winding visit to 'secret' Ubayu Onsen
Secluded and remote hot springs are yet another example of Japan"s deep bathing culture.
Japan Times
Mar 21, 2023
Hot springs block Japan's geothermal potential
Geothermal is a renewable resource that harnesses heat from deep below the Earth"s crust — a seemingly attractive option for energy resource-poor Japan.
Japan Times
Mar 12, 2023
Ex-president of Fukuoka inn with contaminated hot-spring water dies in apparent suicide
Former president of a century-old inn in Fukuoka Prefecture where legionella bacteria 3,700 times the allowable limit had been detected in its hot-spring bathwater, was found dead Sunday.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Mar 10, 2023
Police search Japanese inn that rarely changed hot-spring bathwater
Daimaru Besso, the inn in Chikushino, Fukuoka Prefecture, is alleged to have falsely reported to the prefectural government that it had changed the bathwater in the proper manner.
Japan Times
Feb 28, 2023
Japan inn operator admits staff did not change hot-spring bathwater
The Fukuoka Prefectural Government found that the inn only changed the bathwater twice yearly. A local ordinance says it should be changed at least once a week.
Japan Times
Feb 24, 2023
Japanese inn in hot water after bacteria in hot spring measures 3,700 times the limit
The inn apologized on its website for causing concerns, while noting that it has resumed the operation of its main common bath since the end of December after meeting hygiene standards.
Japan Times
Feb 16, 2023
'Yudo': A heartwarming ode to a good, old-fashioned soak
Masayuki Suzuki’s film pays tribute to the neighborhood public bath with a rush of nostalgia and feel-good laughs.
Japan Times
Jan 13, 2023
When a hot spring is no longer hot
Inns and resorts in Aomori Prefecture have seen their waters turn lukewarm, with the amount of hot water suitable for bathing decreasing significantly since late December.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Music / Sound Off
Jan 8, 2023
A love letter to hot springs at music festivals
Getting covered in grime, mud and sweat is an expected part of attending a multiday outdoor festival, but in Japan, hot springs provide a surprisingly liberating dimension to the weekend.
Japan Times
Dec 17, 2022
A Christmas gathering in one of Japan's hot springs
Japan Times
Nov 18, 2022
Warming up to onsen: The quirks and customs of public baths
Japan's hot spring baths are often on the to-do list of many tourists, just make sure you know the rules before heading inside.
Japan Times
Aug 6, 2022
Sentō Samaritans: The fight to save urban bathhouses
Were public bathhouses to vanish from Tokyo, Osaka and other cities across Japan, much more than hot water would be lost.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Apr 24, 2022
Mushi Charo: From hellish waters, heavenly flavors
With thousands of hot-spring sources in Beppu, it's no wonder the town's chefs have started putting geothermals to good use in the kitchen.
Japan Times
Jan 17, 2022
Beneath the surface: Are Japan’s iconic hot-spring resources sustainable?
The public and private use of hot springs is leaving a significant imprint on the environment.


At the Akan International Crane Center, just north of the city of Kushiro proper, visitors can see the majestic red-crowned crane — a symbol of Hokkaido.
Faces of the north: A Hokkaido town grapples with depopulation