Hot springs, or onsen, are a big deal in Japan. Not to be confused with sento, which are usually public baths using heated tap water, onsen are comprised of volcanic spring water that's full of natural minerals, giving health benefits like clearer skin, detoxification and better blood circulation, among others.
As winter descends, these onsen resorts become desirable destinations for day trips and weekend breaks, so we've rounded up six of the best. If you're a first-timer, be sure to check out our onsen etiquette guide.
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