Japan's Hot Springs

Fan of hot springs? Here is a look at three of Japan's "extreme" hot springs that are a bit of a challenge to get to, but worth the trip.

Natural Infinity Onsen Pool
Located 6,900 feet above sea level, this hot spring is at the end of a four-hour hike. Situated in the 1998 Winter Olympic town of Kahuba, the spring offers views of nearby mountain tops.

Facing the Wild Ocean
Half a day away from Tokyo via train is the town of Aomori on Honshu Island. It offers natural hot springs right against the ocean. The tubs are the best seat in the house to see the ocean.

Natural Hot Springs on Ice
Lake Shikaribetso in Daisetsu-zan National Park turns into a winter village when it freezes over, with ice bars, ice theaters, ice wedding chapels and snow mobile paths. There is also a make-shift round pool that is filled with natural hot water - right on the ice.

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