Japan, Nature, Onsen, Travelling Japan

Zao – Skiing, Onsen & Snow Monsters

 Zao Onsen Ski Resort is about a 3 hour drive north of Nasu in Yamagata Prefecture actually on the Yamagata-Miyagi prefecture border, centered on the Zao Mountain range of the same name.   The area is well known for its huge crater lake and amazing hiking trails and mountain plants, as well as stunning views of the region.  There are different attractions…

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Japan, Onsen, Tochigi Prefecture

Kinugawa

KinugawaOnsen (鬼怒川温泉?) is a hot spring resort  that is quite close to where I live.  Actually I didn’t know about it at all and was driving through the countryside and I came across this town, with a huge amount of big hotels and infrastructure – in the middle of “nowhere” – anyway it turned out to be Kinugawa onsen.. Discovered in in the early Meiji period as an…

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Japan, Onsen, Travelling Japan

Shinnenkai 2013

This year we went to “Ooami Yumori Tanakaya” onsen for our “welcome the New Year “party or Shinnenkai.. From the outside you would not give this place much of a second look, but you would be seriously wrong…  It’s often called Tanakaya onsen or Oomori onsen, I’ve been a few times and always think it’s a new place because of…

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Japan, Onsen, Tochigi Prefecture, Travelling Japan

Aoki Onsen

Aoki Onsen is just over 1.5km from home… Probably my closest onsen.  Its behind the Aoki hotel…  When you walk in (after taking your shoes off – of course) there is a machine in front of you and you put your 500Yen in or note if you haven’t got change and get a ticket, which you then hand to the…

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History, Japan, Onsen, Tochigi Prefecture, Tourist attractions

Nikko

 Drove to Nikko for a couple of days over the long weekend in March.  It was still pretty cold in Nasu and snow was forecast for the Nikko region.As it turned out the weather turned really bad on the drive up and we didn’t get to do much sight seeing.. Almost no visibility and raining on & off..  We drove up the…

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Japan, Onsen, Tochigi Prefecture, Travelling Japan

Satinoyu Onsen February 2012

This onsen is beautiful, waterfalls of hot water massage your back while you soak… There was no-one there and we had the place to ourselves..  there’s an indoor bath and 2 outdoor baths, one with the waterfalls in it. Some interesting statues & carvings around the building.  In particular the fertility one by the front door… Yes it is what it looks like – a…

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