Kinosaki Onsen (城崎温泉) is located in northern Hyogo Prefecture on the coast of the Sea of Japan. This pleasant town, built along a willow-lined river, is one of the top onsen destinations of the Kansai Region.
Hot springs were discovered in Kinosaki around the 8th century and since then the town has developed into a charmingly old-fashioned onsen town. In the evenings guests of the local ryokan stroll about town in yukata and geta (wooden clogs), visiting the numerous public baths and nostalgic game arcades.
Iceland, a Nordic island nation, is defined by its dramatic landscape with volcanoes, geysers, hot springs and lava fields. Massive glaciers are protected in Vatnajökull and Snæfellsjökull national parks. Most of the population lives in the capital, Reykjavik, which runs on geothermal power and is home to the National and Saga museums, tracing Iceland’s Viking history.
If you’re looking for the ultimate road-trip tour of hot springs in BC, take the route between Nelson and Revelstoke. Hugging the shores of the Arrow Lakes (which are actually a widening of the Kootenay River), it seems like there’s a hot spring around every corner.
Halcyon Hot Springs, just north of Nakusp, is one of the best. These man-made pools have epic views of the lakes and the Monashee Mountains, as well as a range of accommodation options. Adult dips start at $17, which includes towel rental.