hot springs

This balding middle-aged fairy is one of Japan’s most unique mascot characters

Atsuo welcomes visitors to Atami, the town where he turned into a fairy.

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Tokyo ferry boat doesn’t tell you the island you’re going to until departure time, and it’s awesome

Who’s up for an island adventure that leaves from downtown Tokyo?

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Japanese hot spring inn lets you spend night for under US$1 if you do something special in return

Niigata ryokan wants you to make beautiful travel memories and beautiful music.

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Cheap Japanese ryokan at Kusatsu Onsen is hidden at the back of a traditional store

A budget stay in the centre of town that’s like visiting grandma’s house in the countryside.

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Japanese-style accommodation at the new Premium Dormy Inn hotel in Asakusa will blow your mind

Free perks and beautiful design features make this more like a ryokan than a business hotel.

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We go looking for the free kaoyu hot spring facebath of onsen town Kusatsu【Photos】

Lots of Japanese hot spring towns have footbaths, but how does a facebath work?

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Beware the rise of overpriced “Inbound Don” at tourist spots in Japan

Return of inbound tourists means prices are skyrocketing, with some places charging US$120 for a bowl of seafood. 

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Edo-themed onsen and restaurant complex opens in Tokyo, but do overseas tourists know about it?

Toyosu Senkyaku Banrai brings the charm of an old market town to a new tourist site in Tokyo.

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Tokyo’s newest hot spring bathhouse and foodie spot opening next to Japan’s biggest fish market

Onsen and Edo appeal added right next to to Toyosu’s biggest travel destination.

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Watch Ishikawa-set anime, support January 1 earthquake relief efforts

The 2011 anime series Hanasaku Iroha and its film are now streaming on YouTube for free for residents of Japan with proceeds going towards aid.

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Nara hotel with hot spring baths by imperial palace site is a reason to remember the prefecture

Hardly anyone stays in Nara while traveling, but this hotel shows how they’re missing out.

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Japanese hot spring adds roaring Godzilla Invasion Cave, other kaiju-related relaxation options

Hakone onsen facility continues to think outside the box.

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Hot spring offers people of all ages chance to participate in Japanese school-style sports day

Here’s your chance to experience your Japanese high school days that never were.

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Wear samurai armor while playing video games? That’s an option at this Japanese inn【Video】

Hokkaido ryokan lets you suit up in lamellar to play Dance Dance Revolution and Out Run.

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Bathe in the waters of a rare Japanese onsen temple steeped in over 1,000 years of history

Escape the crowds of tourists at Nikko with a visit to this hidden gem.

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Here’s why you should visit Japan’s best winter-night hot spring town on a summer afternoon【Pics】

We went looking for an anime connection, and found a whole bunch of new reasons to love this Yamagata onsen town.

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Godzilla extends attack on seaside hotel in Japan, fans invited to hours-long escape room game

Atami hoteliers thought Godzilla’s attack would end in spring, but the King of the Monsters makes his own schedule.

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An intro to Iwami Kagura battle dancing, Noh theater’s wild awesome cousin, and where to see it

Weekly performances with dragons and demons in Japan’s Iwami region are an incredible way to connect with and preserve its history.

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Sapporo lowers age at which kids are barred from opposite sex’s bath at hot springs, public baths

Three-year drop pleases some, but other parents unhappy.

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Six sakura travel luxuries to make cherry blossom season extra-special at Japan’s premier resorts

Hoshino Resorts celebrates sakura season.

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