Onsen - The Traditional Japanese Hot Spring

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Visiting the lovely Islands of Japan anytime soon? Then you will be pleased to know that, the Onsen hot springs is blessed with many healing properties.

Onsen Hot Springs

Underground waters from Volcanism are said to be, the main properties of any Onsen hot springs, it is fact that they are medicinal and have many healing properties which are beneficial to man.

The waters at any of the Japanese Onsen hot springs, has being known to soothe all aching and tired muscles, as well as heal the body.

Onsen Hot Springs In The Past

Onsen hot springs is a delight to every Japanese as well as visitors, centuries ago this wasn’t the case, as the Japanese hot springs was singularly for the pleasure of the royal house and only those of noble birth, as well as Government officials.

But later, top brass of the Japanese military, also wanted to enjoy the benefits of the Onsen hot springs because they discovered that,

whenever the soldiers who had battle wounds immersed themselves into the hot spring... their wounds healed fast!

Etiquettes For The Onsen Hot Spring

If you are going to a Onsen hot spring for the first time, there are some laid down rules you should never ignore and here are some of them:

  • Onsen hot springs are meant to be enjoyed without clothes because it is a moment for you to feel free, so all forms of clothing from swim suits to underwear are entirely forbidden but if you feel uneasy about going about in your birthday suit, you are allowed to use a small washcloth to cover your privates but it must be abandoned once you enter into the hot spring.

  • After undressing ensure that you leave all your clothing behind, either in a basket or in the locker at the changing room, you must also wash your body thoroughly before entering the hot spring.

  • After soaking and enjoying your bath in a Onsen hot spring, do not shower immediately before dressing, this is because the minerals takes several hours, before it is absorbed into the skin, so bathing immediately after removes all the beneficial minerals for your skin.

Types Of Onsen Hot Springs

In Japan there are many types of Onsen hot springs, some are fit for a single gender while others are mixed. Some types of Onsen hot springs are located indoors, while others are outside, some can even be a part of the regular public bathhouse.

Onsen hot springs are also classified according to the type of minerals that they contain, such as:

  1. Carbonate Springs
  2. These type of Onsen hot springs are very good for blood circulation, as well as neurological disorders.

  3. Radium Springs
  4. These type of hot springs are good for digestive disorders, they also aid in lowering high blood pressure.

  5. Iron Springs
  6. These are hot springs that help in relieving inflammation of joints, as well as menopausal discomforts and even chronic skin diseases too.

  7. Simple Springs
  8. These are Onsen hot springs that have small mineral content in them but they are still good for blood circulation, as well as long-term rehabilitation.

  9. Acidic Springs
  10. These kinds of hot springs are a sort of "no" "no" for most people, due to the harsh effects they have on the skin but the acidic nature of this spring has also being known, to be beneficial for people with chronic skin diseases, as well those suffering from diabetes.

  11. Sodium Chloride Springs or Salt Springs
  12. These kind of hot springs have being noted, to be beneficial for those suffering from joint inflammation.

  13. Sulfur Springs
  14. These hot springs are another "no" "no" mainly because of the odor. Water from a sulfur hot spring usually comes with a bad smell, quite likened to rotten eggs but its waters are said to be very beneficial for the arteries, as well as for many other disorders.

Summary, Photo Credits & Articles

This is not a complete list of all the types of minerals, in a Japanese Onsen hot spring but whichever one you choose, be least assured that you would get the healing, as well as the medicinal properties that you desire.

Thanks to Dan, Stefodc, Mort Borenstein, Tami Chan and terumasa kitayama for all their photos. For more interesting articles click these links -

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author avatar Jerry Walch
4th Mar 2014 (#)

You are educating me about Japanese couture, Joy.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
4th Mar 2014 (#)

Oops! That was supposed to have been "culture" not "couture."-((

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4th Mar 2014 (#)

Thank you Jerry.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
4th Mar 2014 (#)

Awesome posts, cheers!

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
4th Mar 2014 (#)

absolutely captivating with such beautiful pictures dear joyalariwo...sharing indeed...

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author avatar Jack Goblin
6th Mar 2014 (#)

Always a joy to read your articles. :)

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author avatar Delicia Powers
6th Mar 2014 (#)

Wonderful...thank you joyalariwo...

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author avatar sukkran
7th Mar 2014 (#)

first time heard about this onsen hot spring. thanks for an informative post.

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