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Archive for the ‘ Hot Springs/Onsen ’ Category

Baby Monkeys at Korakukan Jigokudani

June 11th, 2014 by Vincent Penez

Monkeys bathing in the hot spring surrounded by snow are very funny, how about baby monkeys? Monkeys around the Jigokudani Yaen National Park give birth to cute babies during spring and when the winter comes they stay warm in the hot spring bath. To see them the best way is to stay at the Korakukan Jigokudani    

Yunoshimakan in Gero by Eileen from Singapore

May 16th, 2013 by Jeff Aasgaard

We journeyed from our 1st ryokan at Hagi Takayama (see separate review) to Gero Onsen on February 20, 2013. It’s a comfortable 46 minute ride from Takayama to Gero on the Limited Express Wide View Hida. Once again, we used Japanese Guest Houses for our reservations at Yunoshimakan and they did a wonderful job of providing us with the needed information to help us in…

Hagi Takayama Winter Stay by Eileen from Singapore

March 5th, 2013 by Jeff Aasgaard

Our stay was from February 15, 2013. Thanks to Japanese Guest Houses, our reservations at Hagi Takayama were all taken care of. They arranged our shuttle pick up at 3:05pm (pick up is just outside the Washington Hotel, across the road on the right side, from the Takayama Station). Its about a 15 minute ride. The ryokan has lovely views of the landscape because its…

Hot Spring in Takedao Onsen

August 6th, 2012 by Jeff Aasgaard

Looking for a hot spring in Kansai, near Osaka? Arima Onsen is the most popular hot spring in the area, however it is not convenient to access and it can be really crowded. How about Koyokan Bettei Azale in Takedao Onsen? Koyokan Bettei Azale offers premium quality hot spring baths. This is a off the beaten tracks spot; most Japanese people living in Osaka don’t…

Snow Monkeys in Jigokudani

January 24th, 2012 by Jeff Aasgaard

You might think that hot springs are reserved for humans; but if you visit the Jigokudani Park you will probably be sharing your bath with Japanese Snow Monkeys. The Jigokudani is located in the Japanese Alps, outside of Nagano. Jigokudani (meaning “hell’s valley”) took its name from the steam and boiling water of the hot spring. Because it is located in the mountains, about 850…

Refresh in Kibune, Kyoto

April 11th, 2011 by Jeff Aasgaard

Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan, the richness of its past, traditional Japanese palaces, gardens…this picture of the city sounds idyllic. However if you plan to visit Kyoto and the Kansai area during summer you will quickly learn that it is incredibly hot during summer. When you come from a dry summer country such as France, like me, your whole body will make you forget…