|Tea-colored Hot Spring on Seaside Hotel Roof|
|A Lovely Light-green Hot Spring Effusing Calmness|
What causes the color differences? The answer my friend is blowing in the wind, and flowing in the concentration of minerals and other solid materials in the water. For a more scientific explanation, dive into the Water Encyclopedia.
|White Sulfur Bath in Beppu |
Onsen purists were boiling mad, steamed up, in a sweat, and they brought this matter to the media's attention. Business declined in the area until time passed and most people forgot about it. The hot spring controversy became a lot of hot water that flowed under a bridge. Okay, I promise I will not write any more mixed metaphors, but I will write later about mixed bathing. For the record, though, I highly recommend visiting Shirohone because of its secluded natural feeling, lovely views from outdoor baths near rustic buildings, and excellent cuisine.