Until recently, the rest of the world had not caught up with the hot-springs culture of Japan. In fact, Japan is the #1 hot-springs country in the world with 27,000 Onsens or “hot spring.” These hot springs are born of volcanic activity. The oceans then bring in the minerals from the eruption which is filtered as it passes through the mountain range. An Onsen can also be a cold-spring if it has any of the 19 minerals found in a typical hot spring- like sulfur, sodium bicarbonate, sulfate, zinc, etc.
Taking just a dip can clear your skin while a continuous soak can rid you of pain. Leaning on Japanese soaking culture, it’s a cleansing ritual for both the body and mind. If a trip to Japan seems far away, carve out some time for a relaxing experience at an authentic Onsen in your own area (or maybe even just a hot bath).