Onsen bath is a form of hot spring bath in Japan. Onsen reads in Chinese as “Wenquan”, “Wen” means “warm, hot,” tuyen “means stream.
Onsen (hot springs) are groundwater vessels heated by geothermal (mostly volcanic lava), as they are located near this area. Japan is a country with a lot of volcanoes, and still many of them are active, so there are also many “onsen”.
The onsen bath has long been very important for Japanese people. In the book Izumo no Kuni Fudoki, written in 733, – Annals of the Land of Izumo) read the following lines: “A one-time bathing will cleanse the skin, a continuous shower will cure all the pain. aching, this is the water of the gods ”. Nowadays, when the science and technology have been developed, there are studies showing that onsen baths actually bring a lot of health benefits, so these baths become a popular tourist destination in Japan. with both domestic and foreign tourists.
3 BASIC BENEFITS OF ONSEN BATHING
+ Mineral therapy: Due to being formed from the ground, so onsen contains a lot of minerals in the form of ions. Immersed in onsen, these ions can penetrate through the skin, helping to balance the electrolytes in the body, reducing the symptoms of neuralgia and joint pains. Minerals like sodium chloride, calcium chloride, sulfate ions … have bactericidal effect, very good for removing acne or dermatological diseases, helping to fight aging.
Immersed in onsen, these ions can penetrate the skin, helping to balance the electrolytes in the body
+ Heat therapy: By warming up in onsen will help the body increase metabolism and burn calories to reduce excess fat. In addition, warm water will stimulate your skin to sweat, combined with mineral salts capable of killing bacteria and moisturizing will be the best conditions to eliminate toxins for the skin, bringing firm and healthy and strong skin.
+ Hydrotherapy: Soak in water with high salt content, you will feel your body lighter, muscles relax, relax to help the mind relax. Moreover, when the body is in water, the blood vessels narrow, increasing the pressure of blood flowing to the heart thereby circulating blood vessels.
When the body is in water, the blood vessels narrow, increasing the pressure of blood flowing to the heart thereby circulating blood vessels.
A special benefit of onsen baths is the “environmental effect”. The Japanese onsen is usually located in the suburbs with peaceful natural scenery, here you can put aside all the worries of life, immerse yourself in the warm water. This is the best spiritual therapy to cure all aches and pains caused by the pressure of your work. A true Japan tour will help visitors have the opportunity to bathe in this “divine” water.
There are two types of ONSEN in Japan
+ Onsen outdoors: We will be immersed in the warm water around is a romantic natural scenery. However, the cost of outdoor onsen is quite high because construction and service costs are quite expensive.
+ Onsen indoors: Also very popular because it costs less, the space is discreetly elegant. These onsen are often found in hotels and private lodges located near the volcanic area.
CULTURE OSEN OF JAPANESE
This is a unique Japanese culture. If this is the first time you travel to Japan and do not have much experience in the onsen, you should be aware of these rules to avoid affecting your vacation.
+ Bath carefully before entering the onsen: As mentioned above, since ancient Japanese, the concept of onsen is the water of the gods, so the bathing is clean to show respect.
+ It is important to remove all outer clothes and underwear before bathing, which is very important because Japanese people are afraid of onsen contamination. If you feel uncomfortable, you can request a private bathroom for yourself.
+ The only thing to be brought into the onsen is a small towel, but when bathing, it must be wrapped on the head or on the shoulder and not embedded in the tub.
+ Only take a dip, avoid actions that affect the relaxation of people around them.
+ According to the traditional Japanese concept, tattooers will not be allowed to enter the onsen, because the tattoo will be similar to the criminals “Yakuza” in Japan. Today, although Japanese people are not too harsh with this concept, some onsen people here still do not allow tattooed people to bathe.