2014年12月09日

An open-air bath, ping-pong table and massage chair are the three status symbols at a traditional hot-spring inn in Japan.

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There are some 3,000 hot spring resorts in Japan, which accounts for 10 percent of volcanoes in the world. From big resorts with many hotels and inns, such as Atami and Beppu, to secluded small ones, Japan is dotted with a variety of hot-spring resorts. Going with Japan's Westernization, western-style accommodations furnished with beds have gradually increased though, Japanese style inns still remain. Japan's traditional hot-spring inn, needless to say, is necessarily equipped with 'futon' on 'tatami-mats' floor in each room. And in most cases, many of these inns have an open-air hot-spring bath as shown in the first picture. Ping-pong and electric-powered massage chair, behind the ping-pong table, in common space in the second picture are usually offered for free.

Lisenced tour guide/travel assistant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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