5 Famous Hot Springs in the World
Did you know that in Japan, soaking in hot springs is a treasured pastime? This tradition started thousand of years ago, is referred to as onsen in Japanese. Onsen means a mandatory time to relax and reflect. In this article, we will be sharing the 5 Famous Hot Springs in the World! Why? Because we also want to inform you that Hot Springs are not just there for relaxation. There are a number of therapeutic benefits of soaking in the hot springs.
Now, check out these 5 Famous Hot Springs in the World, who might know? One might be near your place or is in your country.
This hot spring is found in the natural site in Denizli Province in southwestern Turkey. Well, if you are wondering what does “Pamukkale” mean, it is “Cotton Castle” in English. Some say that this hot spring physically looks like an ice-water version of the Philippines’ Banaue Rice Terraces, yet it is actually one of the wonders of the world (not a hot spring). However, some reviews by tourist said that UNESCO had spoilt it due to preserving it. But tourists understand why UNESCO had done such, make some parts of the first world heritage site a little false. Given that, Pamukkale still made its way up to be one of the famous hot springs around.
2. Blue Lagoon
I guess we pretty much had overused “Blue Lagoon” in our lists on TravelObservers. But this only proves that the hot spring in Grindavik, Iceland is really popular in different categories and recognitions. The geothermal spa wherein you bathe in the hot spring that reaches 37–39 °C. Studies show that soaking is beneficial to our health and skin because the hot spring is rich with silica and sulfur. Moreover, there are also other services offered in Blue Lagoon such as massages and treatments. Bars, cafes and restaurants are also available for guests to visit during the spa session. Who wouldn’t want to get healthy while being comfy?
3.Wai-o-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
In Rotorua, New Zealand there’s a unique hot spring located in this cultural center for the indigenous Maori people. There are several things you can do in New Zealand, one of which is visiting the house of Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbiton, the Redwood Forest and of course hot springs! This natural attraction of New Zealand is actually not a to swim hot spring but a strikingly colorful volcanic pool along the entire ring of fire. Tour buses run there several times a day, there are also three walks available to Thermal Wonderland explorers, ranging from 30 to 75 minutes. If you get there by morning, you’ll catch their daily Lady Knox geyser show.
4. Jigokudani Hot Springs
In Nagano Prefecture, Japan, there’s a hot spring where Japanese macaque (also known as Snow Monkeys) love to soak. This has been one of the most visited tourist destinations in Japan. But tourists are not allowed to give the monkeys food, it is to avoid monkeys from being aggressive. To avoid making the primates think that tourists mean food. The snow monkeys visit the hot spring during winter and that pretty much explained why they are there (to warm themselves).
In this photo, I guess the Japanese macaque learned how to chill while relaxing in the Jigokudani Hot Springs.
Meanwhile, in the seaside resort town of Ibusuki, Kagoshima, is the only hot water spring on a beach in Japan. The sand has a temperature between 40-50 C and is heated by water from a nearby volcano. The bath is especially good for tired muscles. The bathers wear only a robe, or yukata and normally stay in the sand for 10-20 minutes.
5. Grand Prismatic Spring
And the always-in-number-one spot of any hot spring listings is found in Wyoming, United States. Yes, let us introduce to you the largest hot spring in the United States and third in the world. The stunning non-swimming hot spring is one of the most visited sites in Yellowstone National Park. Now, getting into facts? Grand Prismatic Spring is approximately 370 feet (110 m) in diameter and is 121 feet (40 m) deep; discharges an estimated 560 US gallons (2,100 L) of 160 °F (70 °C) water per minute. The coloration is matched to the rainbow dispersion of white light by an optical prism: red, orange, yellow, green, and blue. Tourists even suggest that the best look of the hot spring is by aerial view.
Hot Spring proven benefits were said to increase your blood flow, circulation, metabolism, and absorption of essential minerals. It also reduces stress, promotes sleep, naturally relieves pain and solves skin problems. Nuff said? You can also check the hot spring in Noboribetsu, Hokkaido, Japan wherein its water was said to help treat chronic digestive diseases, constipation, diabetes, gout, and liver complaints. Just wow! Right? I hope this article was helpful. Tomorrow we’ll be talking about the 5 Largest Hot Springs in the World! Keep in touch.
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