After Dinner, Bathtime!
If you are traveling in Japan, hot springs (onsen) are a must-experience item, and we would especially recommend staying at ryokan (Japanese style accommodation facility that you could have breakfast/dinner as a package per night) and not hotels. This ryokan has roten-buro (outside bath tubs) separately for men and women. Shawn thought it was okay roten-buro because it wasn’t really open to a nature and closed in with the fences, and no nice light-ups like the other ryokan we’ve been to. That might be true but regardless, we enjoyed our bath time. Onsen in this Hoshokaku (our ryokan) was also 6 out of 10.
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I have to admit being a bit disappointed by the “onsen” part of this ryokan. For the females, there was about the same as men, but then they also had a rooftop relaxation lounge, which was, from the photos, really nice, and included a lot of extras. The men had one decent size bath in the bathing/shower room (completely indoors), and two small baths on a balcony, basically. There was only a little bit of nature visible – the biggest disappointment, as I REALLY prefer the ones that are almost or entirely out in nature. But also, one of the baths, which was for deep soaking, wasn’t very hot at all. The other one had this wooden structure built in it to allow you to lounge in the bath. A cool idea, but too close to the surface, I couldn’t comfortably get my shoulders AND my knees under the water at one time. It was plenty hot though. I felt gender slighted, most of all. LOL