Maybe you are not as crazy about hot baths in summer as I am. To cool you down, here's a peek at some cool hot springs that are magnificent in winter.
Watch Skiers from Hokkaido's Yukichichibu Hot Spring
A friend of mine who lives in Hokkaido recommended this wonderful hot spring hotel after I told him that I wanted to find a reasonably-priced hotel with natural hot springs near ski resorts.
Kokuminshuku Yukichichibu is the name of this minshuku (民宿). Minshukus are Japanese hotels which tend to be cheaper and less formal than ryokan (旅館)、traditional Japanese hotels. Bathers can watch skiers in the day and relish the starry skies at night.
|Private Hotel Balcony Hot Spring|
If you have the yen for it, staying in a hotel room that comes with a private hot spring is a luxury that is worth the yen you'll spend. We splurged one weekend in Yuzawa、Niigata, and had no regrets. A bath immediately after checking in, one before dinner, another just before bed, of course, one after awakening, and a bath before checking out fulfilled the needs of this hot spring addict. The photograph shows the bath before we turned on the hot water. While soaking in the evening, a small bottle of local sake （地酒）waited patiently in the snow for us. Yuzawa is one of my favorite places in Japan. Even the train station is unique. It is, probably, the only train station in Japan with a hot spring in which sake has been added to the water.
|The View from our Private Hotel Balcony Hot Spring|