There are more than 17,000 hot springs in Japan, accounting for nearly two-thirds of the world s total. Hot springs have become part of the Japanese cultural system and daily life, and the hot spring industry has also formed a mature industrial system. The Hot Springs 100 Selection is an annual hot springs selection activity sponsored by the Japan Tourism News Agency. It scores and ranks thousands of hot spring resorts in Japan by popular vote plus 8 organizing committee selections. It is announced at the end of each year. It has been going on for more than ten years. Its main purpose is to determine excellent hot spring resorts based on understanding the actual needs and preferences of consumers, and then become one of the indicators for developing the Japanese hot spring industry.
We mainly analyze the patterns and characteristics of Japan s hot springs based on the top three hot springs in the comprehensive ranking. The sub-items focus on the atmosphere options that have guidance and reference for us. Finally, Kusatsu, Gero, Beppu Dogo , and Yufu are selected. The hospital is the object of analysis. The top three Kusatsu, Gero and Beppu Yayu are representative of traditional Japanese cultural hot spring resorts, but they are slightly different in cultural excavation and overall atmosphere.
1, Kusatsu Onsen with the hot spring elements
The Kusatsu Hot Spring, which is the first place in the Hot Spring 100 for more than ten years, is famous for its beautiful natural environment and high curative effect. It has been known as a famous hot spring for treating diseases since ancient times. This is a representative of traditional hot spring resorts.
Atmosphere is actually the creation of scenes. Architecture, landscapes, and even people on the streets are a kind of life scene composed of special activities. Just like movies are creating a dream country, the main point of tourism and vacation is living elsewhere . Enter Disney is like entering the world of fairy tales. A good hot spring resort allows visitors to enter the overall atmosphere created by them at the beginning. This sense of experience is an important reason why tourists from all over the world go to Japan to experience hot spring vacations. Kusatsu is shaping traditional hot spring culture. Outstanding experience.
The landscape of the center of the street is the famous Tangyu. Tangyu is actually the cooling and cooling system of Kusatsu Onsen and the system of collecting soup flowers. There are dozens of wooden boxes like tofu boxes in the middle of Tangyu to take over the mines left by the hot spring Substance, and then processed into hot spring powder (tanghua). The hot spring is cooled by layers to form a small hot spring waterfall, called Yulong, which is Kusatsu s most famous spot.
Soup overall landscape
This simple and primitive professional system that emits mist all year round is the most representative hot spring town landscape in Japan, which fully illustrates people s preferences for hot spring cultural elements themselves and the special atmosphere created by the mist in hot spring resort towns. Importance.
Kusatsu Onsen s center (Yuhama) and the main shopping street (Nishinogawara Street) are dominated by traditional Japanese buildings. The area is pleasant and many tourists wear Japanese yukata activities. There are well-equipped public baths and hot springs around Yuryo Hotels, gift shops and restaurants. The format of the shopping street is mainly hot spring homestays, souvenir shops and traditional Japanese restaurants.
Onsen B \\ u0026 B is mainly Japanese-style, small and exquisite, showing its own unique culture and aesthetics due to the owner s preferences. The end of the street is Nishinohehara Park, which features a large open-air bath and hot spring water system. The open-air bath can provide hot springs for 100 people at the same time, which is also one of the best in Japan.
Another feature of Kusatsu Onsen is its unique soup kneading performance, which has been passed down from the Meiji period. It is stirred and beaten with long wooden boards. The temperature of the hot spring from 98 degrees to more than 40 degrees is suitable for the temperature of the soup. Become a song and dance, the audience can also experience the soup kneading process.
The declaration of spring quality can be seen everywhere in Kusatsu Onsen Street, meaning that the quality of springs is the first, and it reflects the most important characteristics of Kusatsu Springs. In addition, Kusatsu Snow Resort is the most famous hot spring ski resort in Japan. The snowslides of Kusatsu International Ski Resort are very suitable for experienced ski masters to show their skills. It is a core attraction of Kusatsu in winter. Kusatsu Onsen s specialty products include quanhwa and cosmetics made with hot spring water, as well as udon noodles and hot spring buns.
2, Gero Onsen for a rustic and laid-back atmosphere
The second-ranked Gero Hot Spring, Arima Hot Spring, and Kusatsu Hot Spring are also known as the three major hot spring towns in Japan. They have a history of more than a thousand years and have always maintained the simple and relaxed atmosphere of the hot spring town. Gero Hot Spring ranks second in the quality of spring water, and is its most commendable resource, also known as the beauty soup.
Xierlu Hot Spring has always maintained its leisurely and simple style, but at the same time also follows the trend of the times. In recent years, foot soup has prevailed. Gero Hot Spring Street has created many foot soups for tourists to soak their feet, forming a major feature. There are about 10 places of foot soup in Gero Onsen Street. Different styles, while eating local hot spring Yuzi ice cream, while soaking feet, is a trend brought by Gero Hot Spring Street.
Gero Hot Springs is reportedly discovered by an injured egret. Villagers found that the hot spring water flowing from here can heal wounds. After the egret left, a statue of a pharmacist was left, and it is still on the bridge of Guru Hot Spring Street Standing.
In addition, Gero also has his own mascot: the frog. The frog elements can be seen everywhere on the street, even the frog shrine, the pillars in the shrine, the stone lamps, all the items have the frog pattern, which adds a cute and lazy atmosphere to this traditional and simple hot spring town.
The attraction of Gero Hot Springs that is different from other hot springs is the historical and cultural relics Gassho Village. Gero Hot Springs Gassho Village is headed by Shirakawago and other places. The village where the houses with closed palms are reproduced is a precious open- air museum that understands the lives of the residents at the time. Not only can you experience the original scenery of Japan, but also a place to learn about colored pottery and paper making culture.
23, Beppu Hachiyu with hell theme
Third The third hot spring resort on the comprehensive list is Beppu Yayu. Beppu has the largest amount of hot spring water in Japan, second only to the Yellowstone National Park in the United States. Looking at Beppu from a high place, this small city is full of thick white smoke, roofs, streets, woods and even people s windows. There are more than 200 public hot springs in the city, and it is Japan s famous hot spring town.
There are eight hot springs in Beppu and its surrounding areas, which are known as Beppu Eight Soups and are scattered throughout the city. Beppu Eight Soups are mainly hot spring streets, and each street has its own characteristics. The hottest and most prosperous of Beppu Yatang, the hot spring street around JR Beppu Station with the most restaurants.
The most famous attraction in Beppu is the eight hell hot springs, which is also the theme feature of this area. Hai Hell, Ghost Stone Master Hell, Mountain Hell, Stove Hell, Ghost Mountain Hell, White Pond Hell, Blood Pond Hell, Tornado Hell, the strange landscape attracts people who like hot spring culture to visit. It is the core attraction of Beppu that is different from other Japanese hot spring resorts. The most famous local cuisine in Beppu is also based on the theme of Hell, called Hell Steaming, which uses hot springs to cook food.
24. Dogo Onsen in collaboration with modern artists
Kadodo Onsen is located in Matsuyama City and has a history of 3,000 years. It is one of the three ancient springs in Japan. It was originally a representative of traditional hot springs. The Dogo Onsen Main Building, represented by God Soup, was remodeled in 1894 and was designated as a national important cultural property as a public bath in 1994. At the same time, it was recognized by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry as a modern industrial heritage. Inside the three-story wooden pavilion, each room, corridor, and staircase are intricate, like a maze. This incredible building is also the source of inspiration for the soup house architecture in Hayao Miyazaki s movie Along Away.
In 2014, in order to commemorate the 120th anniversary of the reconstruction of the Dogo Onsen Main Building and to recall the declining traffic, the first Dogo Hot Spring Art Festival kicked off with the theme of old and avant-garde, inviting contemporary artists to enter and create public Installation of art and on-site exhibitions, including famous artists such as Yayoi Kusama and Jingu Araki. In 2015 and 2016, photographers Takigawa Shika and painter Akira Yamaguchi were invited separately. The ancient hot springs, which are filled with a new artistic charm, have attracted more tourists and citizens to come to pilgrimage.
The real design of Jingchuan Real Flower cross-border decoration design for 2015. The gorgeous flower pattern of rich real flower style of Jingchuan merged with the ancient Japanese architecture to bring visitors a surreal and pleasant atmosphere, which caused a wave of heated discussions. And discussion. The theme of the 2nd Dogo Hot Spring Art Festival in 2018 is Salute. The organizer hopes that the visiting people and local residents will be immersed in the hot spring township of art while awakening the old hot spring neighborhood, and awaken the new atmosphere of the old street.
25. Multicultural hot spring town Yufuin
Yubuin, ranked third in the atmosphere, is a hot spring resort in Japan in recent years. It is especially popular among female tourists. The most important factor in attracting tourists is its stylish and diverse atmosphere. The European hot spring town learns from the experience , and through the development model of creativity + cultural tourism, builds a unique town model of Yufuin.
The main body of Yufuin is the famous hot spring street Yuzhiping Street. The entire street is full of many celebrity shops. The street starts from the railway station. The secondary alleys on both sides are small and elegant in scale. Alleys dominated by Japanese architecture , there are also alleys dominated by European fairy tales. There are three or four art galleries in the center of the small town, and various fashionable cultural and creative shops.
The end of Yuzhiping Street is Yufuin s famous Jinlin Lake. Jinlin Lake is a small lake with a circumference of about 400 meters. Hot springs flow from the west of the lake, while clear water flows from the east of the lake. At dusk , the lake will glow with golden scales under the setting sun.