Takaragawa Onsen

The season when the snows begin to melt is one of the loveliest times to visit the mountains. Streams roar with water and new plant and animal life appear. It is a dramatic transition that you just don’t seem to get in the big cities.

Takaragawa hot springs, with rocky river rapids running right through the middle of it, is an especially wonderful place to visit now. Of course, no matter what the season, you are not likely to be disappointed in all that it offers: expansive outdoor baths, excellent food and a number of novelty attractions. The property on which the onsen rests is rather big and, after taking a dip, families and couples alike stroll the lush, natural surroundings. If you go in March while there is still some snow in the mountains, you can take advantage of snow-shoe trekking, skiing or snowboarding.

The outdoor baths are very much shared. Men and women both go in together, most with towels and a sense of modesty. There is, however, one open-air bath reserved for women. Night is definitely the best time to get in. With the other guests eating, drinking or already passed out, it is not unusual to have a whole lot of water and silence to yourself.






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