Japanese Hot Spring

Which country do you think has the most hot springs in the world? You thought I would answer it was Japan? No, it’s the US, and Japan comes second. There are so many hot springs in Yellowstone National Park (YNP) in the US. As I’ll describe later how lazily we stay in hot-spring inns, hot springs spoil people. The problem of hot springs in YNP is they will literally spoil human bodies because most of them are strong acid. If it’s limited to hot springs we can enjoy, Japan is No.1. Today, let me explain how to spoil yourself correctly in Japanese hot-spring inns for your future reference after the COVID restrictions are lifted.

Averagely, we bathe three times for a stay of one night: soon after check-in, before going to bed, and soon after getting up, so that we can enjoy a sunset, night sky, and sunrise in an open-air bath. The following is a typical pattern: check-in, taking a bath, lying down on the tatami-mat floor of a room until dinner, having dinner, taking a walk outside, taking a bath, sleeping, getting up, taking a bath, having breakfast, and check-out. How lazy and nonproductive! The only exception is a walk outside. In case of hot-spring towns, there are many souvenir shops, and visitors are expected to shop something there (just a little bit contribution to GDP growth). The dress code of hot-spring inns is Yukata, Japanese traditional casual clothes. You can go anywhere in Yukata, even outside your inn when it’s located in a hot-spring town (see the above image). People walking in Yukata in the traditional streetscape of a hot-spring town will make you feel like traveling back in time to the past.

Our furniture is modern in design, but maybe because some Japanese aesthetics lie beneath, it also goes well with the traditional atmosphere of such hot-spring inns. In addition, we customize products for more convenience in the Japanese traditional way of life. For example, the chairs in the above image are designed to be lower and have rails between chair legs (in the front-back direction) so that people can pull and put back a chair on a tatami-mat floor more easily. Next time you come to Japan, treat yourself with our furniture in hot-spring inns.

Shungo Ijima

He is travelling around the world. His passion is to explain Japan to the world, from the unique viewpoint accumulated through his career: overseas posting, MBA holder, former official of the Ministry of Finance.

Photo Credit: https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e6029.html

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