Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Utaseyu — soothing, surging streams of hot spring water

One of the most invigorating ways to enjoy Japan's onsen is utaseyu — high streams of pelting water under which the bather sits for a heavenly, stress-relieving water massage.

Brian MacDuckston has these beautiful pics of Sujiyu, a small, traditional utaseyu in Kokonoe, not too far from Aso.

Historical records indicate that the site was first developed as a hot spring destination in the year 958 (in Japanese).

Brian also published these photos on his Japan Bash site.

—Mellow Monk


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