So probably the only upside of Japan sitting slap bang on top of the Pacific Ring of Fire is that there are natural hot springs absoruddylutely everywhere, and the Japanese have turned bathing into a bit of an art form.
Outdoors onsen baths are all over the country, both on the coast…
…and in the mountains…
…but wherever you are, you’re pretty much guaranteed to end up looking a little like this:
Ha. We saw a whole bunch of these little fellas on a big hike in the snow actually, was pretty awesome.
There are pretty strict rules of etiquette, and we saw this quite comical ‘informative guide’ everywhere we went:
Bit weird to be all nakeybums with a bunch of strangers…but, as they say, when in Rome.
So anyway, I posted a while ago about the beauties that are Japanese soaking tubs, but I thought today I’d take a little look at the al fresco soaking/hot tub options. Stones, woods, pebbles, metals and brick are the order of the day – I have no time for plastic or acrylic people! Here are a few of my fave inspo pics.
And this last one’s just for you Ali:
A Japanese Katsu Curry Onsen…I bet you would too, hee.