Category Archives: Onsen

Kawayu Onsen – better second time around

There is something exotic and very reflective of the heart of Japan to stay in an old wooden ryokan, a fast flowing river in front before big hills that surround. Add to that open air hot spring baths. Kawayu Onsen … Continue reading

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Don’t bother with Ginzan Onsen. Unless …

Yes I hear you. Ginzan Onsen is a beautiful place. Local and Prefecture visitor guides and bloggers consistently recommend Ginzan Onsen in Yamagata Prefecture for its old buildings, picturesque street and hot springs.  But in March as winter slowly moves … Continue reading

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Kawayu Onsen in Wakayama

I don’t usually post long stories or  promote commercial operations. But this post does as I want to recount a tale that says a lot about the Japanese experience , particularly for western visitors. It’s about Kawayu Onsen in Wakayama … Continue reading

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Top 5 posts about Japan

I got a Happy Anniversary notification from WordPress the other day – for 2 years of blogging. Has it actually been that long? With only 76 posts to my name, I can’t be labeled prolific. With dozens of draft posts … Continue reading

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These are not snow monkeys

Soaking in a rotenburo (open-air hot bath) is one of truly great Japanese experiences, and some way to finish a day. Don’t confuse us with the famous Jigokudani snow monkeys at Nagono. We are actually at Kawayu Onsen, a relatively … Continue reading

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Overloading the senses before getting down to eating

There is a moment of hesitation when the hostel staff recommend a place to eat. What sort of contra deal has been negotiated? Does the guy’s brother run the place? Some 4 months later, I can get around to writing … Continue reading

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