There 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.
This month, we feature snacks made to showcase the snacks from various onsen hot springs towns across Japan.