One of Japan's most unique and endearing features are its hot springs, affectionately called onsen in Japanese. These onsen, which can go as high as 40+ degrees celcius (or far more, as in the case of Beppu city's Jigoku Meguri, whose 90 degree waters serve more as sightseeing destinations than bathing spots), are a staple of the Japanese lifestyle. The elderly, especially in farming communities, still cap off their days with a relaxing soak around 3 or 4 pm in the afternoon, as they have done for generations past. Not to worry though, Japan has an onsen for everyone, from the luxurious ryokan inns which cost a pretty penny, to simple bath-houses with thatched roofs frequented by the local community to hidden outdoor hot springs with majestic views of nature.
Japan has an onsen for everyone