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Japanese Sightseeing Trains Offering Foot Baths To Tourists

An onsen, a Japanese bath, uses water that is heated naturally in geothermally heated springs. Though traditionally found outdoors, a number of inns now offer onsens indoors. The Kintetsu Railway Co., which offers weekend train trips from Nagoya to the Yunoyama Onsen Resort, allows passengers to enjoy an onsen footbath before arriving at their destination.

The Osaka-based railroad company has introduced Japanese cypress wood footbaths on its Tsudoi tourist train. Guests have been able to enjoy the experience since October 6. The footbath is produced by the Komono Association to celebrate the 1,300th anniversary of the opening of Yunoyama Onsen. Filled with water from the Komono Onsen hot spring, passengers can enjoy the footbath along the route once a day on Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays until February 24, 2019. Guests are also welcome to join the train at the Kintetsu Yokkaichi Station.

The first recorded onsen was the Dogo Onsen in Ehime Prefecture on the island of Shikoku in the year 712. The onsen gained popularity in the 12th century due to the influence of Buddhism, and by the 17th century, many were touting its health benefits. For most Japanese travelers, an onsen bath is a must on a trip.

The Yunoyama Hot Springs, which dates back to the eighth century, is a resort located near Mount Gozaisho in the town of Komono, Mie Prefecture, Japan. The area lies within the borders of the Suzuka Quasi-National Park. The site has attracted tourists since it was discovered and is highly popular with travelers from Nagoya, Osaka and Kyoto thanks to its easy access via the Kintetsu Yunoyama Line.

The Yunoyama Onsen Resort offers an open-air bath with views of the Suzuka Mountains and Nagoya, a private outdoor bath, also with views of the mountains, a private bath with microbubbles, and a large public bath with views of Mount Gozaisho. The bath is reported to have positive effects on the skin, fatigue recovery, neuralgia, arteriosclerosis, chronic digestive organs disease and gallstones.

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While at the resort, guests can also enjoy the creations of Chef Seko, a 28-year-old award-winning chef, who has been honored with the Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare's Award.

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