Japan's three most famous hot springs

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Japan's three most famous hot springs

There are over 500 hot springs spots across Japan, and the 3 most famous are Kusatsu Onsen, Gero Onsen, and Arima Onsen which are known in as Japan's 3 most famous hot springs. Although there is not an official ranking of the top three Onsens in Japan, it is well known across Japan, where many people across Japan visit. Kusatsu Onsen is located on a high plateau and close to skiing grounds, it is well known for the landscape of steam arising from the Onsens. There are old Onsen towns with a traditional Onsen town image. Gero Onsen is an Onsen town located along the river, which guests may enjoy the scenerey throughout the year along with many festivals as well. Arima Onsen is located at Mount Rokko full of leasure spots and beatiful Autumn tint and water falls.

  • Kusatsu Onsen 【Japan's famous hot springs】

    Kusatsu Onsen 【Japan's famous hot springs】
    The town of Kusatsu is located at the southeastern foot of Mt. Kusatsu-Shirane-san in the northwestern part of Gunma. The town became well known about 120 years ago after Dr. Balz, a medical doctor from Germany, found its hot spring to be very effective. Kusatsu-onsen Hot Spring consists of eighteen public baths, each with a different effect and separate fountainhead. Most of the hot springs operate twenty-four hours a day.
    In the center of the town, two spots are particularly popular all year round: 'Yubatake,' one of the fountainheads, and Netsu-no-yu, where 'yumomi' (stirring hot water with paddle-like wooden boards to cool it down) demonstrations are shown. Tourists have a choice of many places where they can learn about nature and the history of hot springs. The Kusatsu Alpine-Plant Museum and the Kusatsu Hot-Spring Museum are two of the most popular attractions.
  • Gero Onsen 【Japan's famous hot springs】

    Gero Onsen 【Japan's famous hot springs】
    The Gero-onsen Hot Spring in rich nature, located in the center part of Honshu, has been known as a healing hot spring since the 10th century and has welcomed a number of visitors. It is considered one of the three best hot springs in Japan, and is effective for treating rheumatism, impaired motor function, and nervous disease and relieving fatigue. The hot spring is also nicknamed the "Hot Spring for the Beauty," because of the smooth touch of water. Footbaths are spotted in the town, which you can enjoy while strolling, free of charge.
    In mid-summer, the Gero-onsen-matsuri Festival is held for three days, where you can enjoy watching the fire festival with five dragons vigorously strolling, a portable shrine carried by women 'geisha,' as well as a samba parade. The festival ends with fireworks.
  • Arima Onsen 【Japan's famous hot springs】

    Arima Onsen 【Japan's famous hot springs】
    Located in what is called "Ura-Rokko" (back of Rokko) in the north of Kobe is the Arima-onsen Hot Spring Resort, one of the oldest in Japan, said to have been opened when Buddhist monks built a sanitarium there in the 8th century. The spa contains a variety of hot springs including salt-rich spring with a salt content as high as twice that of seawater, carbonated spring with the flavor of soda-pop and radium spring. Arima-onsen Hot Spring is very popular as it is referred to as "The back parlor of Keihanshin" (Kyoto, Osaka and Kobe).

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