AThere are nearly 30,000 onsen 温泉 (hot springs) in Japan. Going to an onsen is one of most unique Japanese experiences you can have. There are even records of people visiting onsens as far back the 6th century. Back then it was mostly used for purification ceremonies for the Shinto religion. Later, during the feudal era, onsens were mostly used by the imperial family, aristocrats, and samurai for the hot spring’s healing properties.
Next time you visit Japan, we recommend taking some extra time out visit rural Japan and experience onsen culture. But until then, this month we’ve included a bunch of snacks from popular onsen towns across Japan.
Read about one of our favorite onsens here.
And check out all the different types of onsen hotsprings here.