Thursday, November 8, 2007

Open Onsen, Shiobara, Tochigi

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In Shiobara there are a number of onsens that are not part of a hotel or onsen house. They are just sitting there in public space. Sometimes you will be walking along a track and you will find a hot spring sitting there.
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So far all that we have seen have a little money box where you can deposit a small amount of money for using them. Our favourite is at the Northern end of Shiobara across the river. Its in a beautiful location by the river. Its mixed and not very well protected from viewers.

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owenandbenjamin said...

How do you find these places?

davidfromoz said...

For this one we just got lucky. We saw a little bridge from the road and wondered what was on the other side.

There are a couple more public onsens like this a little bit more to the south. They are near the campground just south of Shiobara. I'll write about them next time, but first I must grab some photos.