- Hot Spring
The Power of the Earth, Making You Feel Refreshed
Hot spring is one of the symbols of the Japanese culture. It has a variety of positive effects, such as warming you to the bone and making your skin smooth. Also, types of the water vary among differente facilities in different areas. If you take outdoor hot spring baths, you can enjoy the outside scenery while soaking yourself in the warm water. Hokkaido is famous as“hot spring kingdom,” and different types of hot spring baths are available, ranging from huge hot spring facilities among mondern buildings to outdoor hot spring baths in mountains. The number of hot spring fans in other countries has been increasing recently, and Hokkaido is a fascinating place for those fans. Plenty of hot water springing up from the majestic nature is a great appeal of Hokkaido. Once you soak yourself into a hot spring bath, you’ll feel the large scale of Hokkaido as well as experiencing the Japanese culture. Please note that there are certain manners developed from the long history and the heart of the Japanese people loving hot spring. By practicing those manners, you’ll be welcomed by other people enjoying the same hot spring bath and will get one step closer to the “expert” in hot spring.
Spring Qualities and Health Effects
[A]Simple Thermal Hot Springs
Simple thermals are hot springs of low in mineral content. Since they have little effect on the body, anyone can enjoy them. Many well-known hot spring resorts have spring water of this quality, and they are especially effective against neuralgia.
Salt springs are known for their high heat retention, earning them the name “hot springs for heat.“ They are good for treating neuralgia and rheumatism.
[C]Sodium Hydrocarbonate Springs
Sodium hydrocarbonate springs have alkaline hot water, which makes soap extra foamy. Since they make skin smooth, the springs are called “hot springs for beauty."
[D]Calcium Magnesium Hydrocarbonate Springs
Alkaline earthy springs are especially effective for the treatment of chronic skin diseases.
[E]Carbon Dioxide Springs
Since carbon dioxide gas is present in carbon dioxide springs, they are often called “beer hot springs“ or “bubbly hot springs.“ Thanks to their positive effect on improving circulation, they are called “hot springs for hearts.“ These type of springs are often cooler than other hot springs.
[F]Ferruginous Springs (iron-rich springs) & Cupriferous Springs (copper-rich springs)
Both ferruginous springs and cupriferous springs contain iron, making them good against gynecological diseases and anemia.
[G]Aluminum Sulfate Springs
Since aluminum sulfate springs are found at sites where there is substantial volcanic activity, Japan has many hot springs of this kind. Thanks to its effect to apply pressure to skin and mucous membrane, they are good against chronic skin diseases.
Sulfur springs have cloudy hot water and the peculiar smell of hydrosulfuric acid. They warm you well, but soap never foams when used with this kind of water. Due to their effect to dilate peripheral blood vessels, they are called “hot springs for hearts.“
Sulfur springs are divided into two categories, including simple sulfur springs and sulfurated sulfur springs. Hydrogen-sulfide springs belongs to the latter group. Some hot springs that are not in fact sulfur springs specify their quality as sulfurated-type springs.
Acid springs feature sourness, a peculiar smell and high water temperatures. People who have sensitive skin should be careful with this kind of water. The hot springs of this kind are effective in treating athlete’s foot and chronic skin diseases thanks to the water's antibacterial action.
[J]Radium Hot Springs
The benefits of a radium hot spring come mostly through breathing in the steam rather than soaking in the water. These springs are good against neuralgia and autonomic ataxia.
[K-1]Sodium Sulfate Springs
Sodium sulfate springs are known as “hot springs for healing wounds“ and “hot springs to cure paralysis.“
[K-2]Calcium Sulfate Springs
Calcium sulfate springs are effective in healing bruises and cuts.
[K-3]Magnesium Sulfate Springs
There are a small number of magnesium sulfate springs in Japan, and the most well-known and highest quality spas like these are known as hot springs that can help prevent strokes.