Ryokan & Onsen

Limousine Bus to Kobe Minato Onsen, Luxury Ryokan REN

Limousine Bus to Kobe Minato Onsen, Luxury Ryokan REN

  Sit back. Relax. Let’s ride to the spa. Kobe Minato Onsen is a luxury contemporary ryokan and natural hot spring, just five minutes from the heart of Kobe city centre. Located in a prime location, overlooking Kobe’s famous Harbourland, the hotel offers extensive, spa, health, dining, pool, sporting, yoga, personal training and relaxation facilities. Not only for guests but to those taking advantage of its Day Spa – which we indulged in. Included within…

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Boiling Eggs at Japan’s Oldest Hotspring – Yunomine Onsen

Boiling Eggs at Japan’s Oldest Hotspring – Yunomine Onsen

  Yunomine Onsen village, commonly referred to as Japan’ s oldest spa, can be found nestled in the sacred mountains of Kumano in Wakayama Prefecture, Honshu. The village was built on a natural hotspring where the waters are naturally heated up to 90 degrees. High quantities of sulpher in the water creates myriad colours on the rocks. The sulpher also adds to the water’s medicinal properties. Along the riverside, just below the Yunomine Onsen bus…

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Tsugaru Shamisen Live Performance Asobenomori Iwakiso Ryokan, Aomori

Tsugaru Shamisen Live Performance Asobenomori Iwakiso Ryokan, Aomori

This live Tsugaru shamisen performance was recorded in the Asobenomori, Iwakisou ryokan in Aomori Prefecture – right at the very northern-most tip of the largest island Honshu. Tsugaru jamisen or Tsugaru shamisen refers to both the Japanese genre of shamisen music originating from Tsugaru Peninsula in present-day Aomori prefecture and the instrument it is performed with. Tsugaru jamisen is considered the most recognized genre of shamisen music, and has enjoyed multiple periods of popularity in…

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Period Charms of Aburaya Ryokan, Takahashi

Period Charms of Aburaya Ryokan, Takahashi

Aburaya ryokan can be found in Takahashi – a small city in Okayama Prefecture, towards the southern end of the main island Honshu. Nestled in a valley, surrounded by mountains, Takahashi is often used as a base for those visiting the nearby Bitchū Matsuyama Castle. We were here mid-winter, in early January, as an overnight stop before heading up Mount Gagyu early the following morning to explore Bitchū Matsuyama Castle – Japan’s highest castle.  …

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Onsen Tips For Those With Tattoos

Onsen Tips For Those With Tattoos

I recently published an article entitled: A Luxury Spa Day At Arima Onsen (that won’t break the bank). Immediately after I was asked if I could provide some onsen tips for those with tattoos. One such response was via an email from Linda who lives in New Zealand. Linda is off to Japan for what sounds like a great trip next month and wanted some advice about using onsen for those with tattoos. Here’s what…

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A Luxury Spa Day At Arima Onsen (That Won’t Break The Bank)

A Luxury Spa Day At Arima Onsen (That Won’t Break The Bank)

  On the main island of Honshu lies the prefecture of Hyogo. Just to the west of Osaka and Kyoto you’ll find the harbour city of Kobe. Kobe nestles between the Inland Sea and Mt. Rokko. Behind Mt. Rokko lies the ancient onsen resort of Arima. It’s one of Japan’s most popular onsen, dating back to at least the 7th century, and has a reputation as being one of the more luxurious and expensive resort…

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12 Reasons Japan Is A Tourist Paradise

12 Reasons Japan Is A Tourist Paradise

  There are hundreds of reasons why Japan is a tourist paradise. And they go beyond the robots, geisha and neon lights we’re used to seeing in the media. Not that there’s anything wrong with robots, geisha or neon lights of course. ;-) Whether you’re staying in a hotel or a traditional ryokan, catching a bullet train from Tokyo to Kyushu or jumping on a long-distance bus, eating out in a high-end restaurant or a…

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The Best Way to Experience The Real Japan? – Stay In A Ryokan

The Best Way to Experience The Real Japan? – Stay In A Ryokan

You must stay in a ryokan! There are many things you can do, and experience, in the land of the rising sun that will get you closer to and give you a feel for The Real Japan. But, for me, there is one experience that stands above all others in delivering that enigmatic essence of feeling like you’ve really felt and experienced The Real Japan. What is it? To experience The Real Japan you must…

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