The charm of Japan

温泉

Japanese attraction: food and hot springs

It’s a hot spring or a Japanese restaurant!
Surprisingly, many Japanese don’t know this.

How to choose a hot spring

You have to decide on the quality of the hot spring, and find a 100% pure hot spring.
There can be various objections such as comfort, appearance, atmosphere and history of the facility, but the essence of a hot spring is its quality. In other words, you have to choose a hot spring that flows from the spring!

  • Choose a hot spring that flows directly from the source
  • Check the spring quality (simple hot spring, radium spring, etc.) Spring quality guide.
  • You should be interested in the concentration (pH) of hydrogen ions in the hot spring.
    Smaller is acidic, larger is alkaline
  • Alkaline removes sebum, acidity removes dead skin cells

What is a 100% pure hot spring

A real hot spring is that does not have chlorine disinfection and therefore does not reuse hot water.Most hot springs are recycle type which can be reused, so that the hot water that the previous customer is sterilized and reused.

And there is no basically addition of water from the source (except addition of temperature adjustment). In other words, a pure hot spring. It’s like a food without chemical seasonings and additives. However, it seems that the pure hot springs in Japan is around 1%.

*Although it is unavoidable to disinfect the pool with chlorine, it may be counterproductive to go to the hot springs with chlorine for health reasons.

So which hot spring should I go to?

Introducing HP to various people.
Please search by prefecture from the link below.

For example, it is Sukayu onsen (酸 ヶ 湯 温泉).

国民保養温泉地 酸ヶ湯温泉 - ご滞在のしおり - 浴室
八甲田山中の温泉宿「酸ヶ湯」の公式サイト。湯治の方法や観光情報などを紹介。ホームページからのご予約、酸ヶ湯名物の通信販売も行っております。

Please search

純温泉協会
天然のままの温泉やオーガニックな温泉を守るために、価値を高めるために純温泉協会は2019年に発足しました。純温泉の魅力をひとりでも多くの方へ。
本物の温泉とは【温泉新選組】
温泉にもホンモノとニセモノがある。温泉ソムリエNOBUが「本物の温泉」を見分けるポイントを教えます。見かけに騙されない本物温泉十箇条とは?
Onsen Mark

And if you are not Japanese and want to go to real Onsen, you must know the some words of onsen which is Hot spring. As follows.

JapanesePronunciationExplanation
温泉OnsenOnsen Definition is here.
源泉掛け流しGensen Kakenagashi100% natural hot spring without any filtration or additives or Flowing from the source.
循環式junkan shikiCirculation type. Reusing hot spring. Most fake hot springs use this method and chlorine for sterilization. That’s why you must check the word “Wake up the source”, when you go to Onsen(hot spring). Chlorination
泉質SenshitsuSpring water quality.  Please check this site. e.g. Chloride…
水素イオン指数Suiso ion sisuPotential of hydrogen. pH.  If the pH value is high, the alkalinity is strong, and if the pH value is low, the acidity is high.
硫黄IouSulfur
日帰り温泉Higaeri OnsenDay trip to the hot springs. or drop in hot springs.  The price is about 200 to 2000 yen, and you can stay for about 2 hours.
料金RyokinThe Price, fee
露天風呂Roten BuroOpen air bath or Outdoor bath
大浴場Daiyokujopublic hot spring baths
打たせ湯Utase Yuwater fall bath
サウナSaunaSauna
美肌効果 Bihada Kokafair skin effect

Alkaline removes sebum, acidity removes dead skin.

Strong alkalinity e.g.

Strong acidity e.g.

Hot spring map (Onsen map) Site e.g.

純温泉協会
天然のままの温泉やオーガニックな温泉を守るために、価値を高めるために純温泉協会は2019年に発足しました。純温泉の魅力をひとりでも多くの方へ。

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寿司(鮨)Sushi
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天ぷらTenpura
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JaponaisPronanciationExplication et accès
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