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'Nude bathing' in winter in Japan

In hot springs, we feel relaxed, sweat on our forehead, the body heats up making everyone feel mentally refreshed.

Early in the sun, Beppu City (Oita Prefecture, Kyushu region) is nestled at the foot of Mount Yufu, lively with high steam column on the gray roof. Beppu is a famous city in southern Japan with many resorts which operate 8 large hot springs.

The most unique is Umi Jigoku spring, which is named Hell of sea with blue mineral water. Nearby is the spring Chi No Ike Jigoku, called blood hell with the water as red as blood. The springs differ from other natural springs because they contain ferrous metals so visitors can not shower, but can boil eggs in the mineral pools.

Beppu city famous for hot springs

Resorts in Beppu have large mineral pools, which can contain hundreds of people but also a small pool just for each family. Most of the inns here have Onsen bathing areas, both indoors and outdoors. Guests are given kimono-style robe, towel. Each bathing area for men and women is classified separately, in font of the door is the word table with blue curtain for the male and female is red. Prior to the pool, guests have to get naked and washed thoroughly.

In winter between 10-15 degrees C, hot water tank still remains 30 to 60 degrees C. This temperature is maintained throughout the year, so this is the right place to relax in winter. We are soaked in hot mineral waters, whicg makes everyone feel relaxed, all fatigue vanished.

Stream Chi Ike No red as blood is known as blood hell

As a country with many active volcanoes, Japan possesses many natural hot springs. Onsen (in accordance with the Sino Ye Wen) means hot springs. Japanese people consider Osen bath not only a way of relaxing but also the bathing culture of the Japanese tradition. And the Japanese are very proud to have this type of shower.

Japanese people generally go to the public onsen bathing area, not only to relax but also to interact with each other. From early morning, the hot water bath Siboruto (in the city Ureshino) is pretty crowded, mostly with the elderly. Yoshikawa, Director of Siboruto branch, said he welcomed about 300 guests per day, mostly locals and a few tourists. The price per bath is only 400 yen (more than 70,000 VND) so it attracts a large number of local people to relax, rest here.

Mr. Tetsuro Kawano, Director of the Center for Kyushu Tourism Promotion said, onsen bath is a specialty of the tourism industry of the Kyushu region because it owns many well-known hot spring areas. Each year Kyushu welcomes more than 2 million international visitors to the resort, visit and learn the traditional culture of Japan which still preserves in this area.

Guests enjoy foot massage at the spa area.

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Beppu city belongs to the province Oita, located in Kyushu, southern Japan. Visitors go to the Kyushu region with direct flights from Hanoi to Fukuoka (the largest city in Kyushu region).

From Tokyo, visitors can take the Shinkansen high-speed train to Fukuoka in 5 hours with a one-way fare about 25,000 yen (4.6 million VND), or fly directly from Tokyo to Fukuoka, then move by car about 150 km (2 hours) to the city of Beppu.


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