2016 Top Onsens in Japan

The new BigGlobe Onsen rankings for 2016 is OUT!!! Selected from the outcome of about 26,000 votes, with male votes averaging 50 years old encompassing 57% of the votes, while female votes averaging 30 years old encompassing 43% of the votes. For me personally, I don’t really look at rankings per se, but it does gives a good indication of rather good onsen areas or ryokens that could have fallen out of the rankings from the prior years and therefore out of our sight as foreigners that don’t live in Japan. Still, it would be reasonable to book early rather than […]

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Top 10 Onsen Ryokens

Ryokan are Japanese style inns found throughout the country. More than just a place to sleep in, ryokan are an opportunity for one to experience the traditional Japanese lifestyle and hospitality, incorporating elements such as tatami floors, futon beds, Japanese style onsens and local cuisine, making them popular with both Japanese and foreign tourists alike. No two ryokans are the same, and the quality of ryokans can vary dramatically. There are entry-levels basic, no-frills ryokan experience, all the way to premium exceptional ryokan experience with wonderful food, a exceptional room, a Japanese cypress bath, a view of a Japanese garden and first-class service that comes with […]

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2015 Top Onsens in Japan

Onsen in Japan has been as old as history with Dogo Onsen in Ehime Prefecture (Shikkoku) probably being the first recorded Onsen in Japan history in year 712. Throughout history from the 12th to the 17th century, the culture and practice of using an Onsen has been largely credited to Buddhism influence for the religious practice of cleansing and purifying the body. In addition, there is also the widespread recognized health benefits to be obtained from different types of Onsen. Of course, with its healing properties comes numerous myths and legends of various Onsens having miraculous properties where injured warriors […]

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