|We Finally Got Here - Happiness, or Shiawase (幸せ）|
|The Path to the Kawaranoyu (川原の湯）|
The village's excellent hot springs, clean air, wide panoramic views of valleys and mountain peaks, and access to splendid hiking trails should make it a very popular location, but the village is dying. Young people do not want to live in such locations and the heavy snowfall requires lots of work. Several hotels are now unoccupied and falling apart. Most of the residents are past sixty. Modern Japanese people seem more interested in traveling overseas and shopping in malls than experiencing nature in Japan.
The local onsen association members work hard to keep the village clean and to maintain the free onsen and foot bath. I love the views, the quality of the bluish white sulfurous hot spring, and the serenity of Tsubame, so I hope that more people will visit and support the local economy. To see photographs of one very pleasant Japanese ryokan in Tsubame click here.
|Tsubame Onsen in Early Fall|
|Tsubame Onsen in Early Winter|