Onsen (温泉) are natural volcanic hot springs that are enjoyed for relaxation and health. Its no exaggeration to say that they are Japans national passion. As children, most Japanese first experience onsen on a family trip. Onsen are the most popular reason to travel to the Japanese countryside.
Why are there so many onsens in Japan?
Why does Japan have so many hot springs? Volcanoes play a key role in their formation. Japan, 75 percent mountainous and with many of its peaks volcanic, thus boasts more than 3,000 hot springs. Many hot springs come from heated groundwater near volcanoes.
Do Japanese bathe everyday?
How often do Japanese bathe? Bathing surveys conducted in Japan show that the majority ofJapanese bathe daily. The exact number varies per survey but usually, around 70% of Japanese take a bath every day and more than 15% bathe 3 to 6 times a week. While the number of Japanese that dont soak at all is less than 5%.