Bathhouses play an essential role in Japanese culture and are used extensively to wash, relax and socialize. No mere bathhouse can call itself an onsen (hot spring), however. Only baths containing water from a natural spring that gushes or is pumped at more than 25°C can lay claim to this title.
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March 24, 2011
I often talk about how Tokyo appears to be from the future, but it’s only fair to talk about its connection with the past. For all its technological and engineering marvels of the 20th and 21st century, they often do not compare to the same from the days of the shoguns. Even moreso, the Tokyo countryside is a magnificent contrast to the clamor and rush of the city.