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The Secluded Onsen With 350+ Years of History That Loves Foreign Guests

Bathing in an onsen or a Japanese hot spring is one of those experiences you should not miss when visiting Japan. Of the many famous onsen in Japan, Honke Bankyu is one that continues to capture the interest of locals and foreigners alike because of its long and traditional history, being operating since 1666. Honke…

Lost in Lust: The Incredible World of Japanese Love Hotels

There is something absolutely fascinating about Japanese love hotels. Catered to adults and devoted exclusively to sex, they offer a calm oasis in this archipelago of condensed apartment buildings and where, at least traditionally, several generations live together. These are not the decrepit North American motels where extramarital affairs take place and where villains in…

How Many of These 5 Facts About Japanese Hot Springs Do You Know?

Have you ever experienced bathing in a hot spring or onsen (温泉) in Japan? In the summer of 2016, I took my European husband to an onsen ryokan (温泉旅館), a Japanese-style hotel with hot springs. Apparently, his expectations were hugely betrayed in many ways. He had heard about onsen many times before but imagined something…