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Naruko Onsen/Japan

Introducing Naruko Onsen

Come to Naruko Onsen to hear the clip-clop of geta (Japanese clogs) as bathers wearing yukata (a Japanese robe) saunter between spring-fed baths. Breathe in and smell the sulphurous steam as it rises from street culverts. Stop and soak tired feet in the (free!) ashiyu (foot baths), or go for the full wash in one of the town's onsen ryokan. Naruko Onsen is famous for having nine distinct springs, whose waters have a different composition of minerals and thus different healing qualities. Take advantage of the Yu-meguri Ticket (¥1200), which you can buy at the Tourist Information Center, to visit the baths at several different inns.

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