The art of onsen bathing has become almost a religious act for the Japanese and a trip to an onsen can be the highlight of any holiday to Japan. The cultural importance and simple pleasure of relaxing in a hot spring bath is an experience not to be missed.
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Tsurunoyu Ryokan, Nyuto Onsen
The Japanese are very proud of their longstanding tradition of hot spring onsen bathing, and rightly so, for a visit to the communal baths is truly a highlight of any trip.
Onsen bathing is highly recommended both for its cultural importance and for the simple pleasure of soaking in a steaming hot bath, especially welcome after the rigours of travel. There are around 3,000 hot springs in the country, many in spectacular locations high up in mountains or perched on cliff sides.
Many ryokan inns or Japanese style hotels offer onsen packages including accommodation and seasonal cuisine, and can be experienced on a tailor-made holiday to Japan through Audley.
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