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Japanese Hot Springs: The Most Beautiful Onsen in Japan

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Updated: 17 April 2018
The Japanese have enjoyed bathing in the island’s natural hot springs for centuries; in fact, before conventional medicine, it was believed that a visit to the local onsen could cure just about any injury or ailment. Nowadays, locals and travelers alike head to the hot springs to rest, recharge and socialize. Find out more about Japan’s most scenic and luxurious onsen below.

Hida-Takayama Onsen

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Located in a castle town, this is the perfect trip for travelers looking to escape the hustle and bustle of modern Japan. The streets and neighborhoods of Hida-Takayama have maintained their “Old Japan” feel, but don’t let that scare you away if you don’t speak Japanese. The recent boom in tourism has led to the development of street signs and accommodation that cater to foreign visitors.
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Yufuin Onsen

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