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Health Tips: Japanese “Onsen”

Japanese “Onsen”An onsen is a natural hot spring or spa. During your stay in Japan, a trip to an onsen is something you do not want to miss! The waters in Japanese spas contain various types of minerals known to help circulation and to help the body overcome some dermatological ailments. Sulfur is the most common mineral to be found in spas, but each spa will also have its unique blend of other minerals that also gives it a unique color.

A study conducted by Dr. Junichi Oyama from Kyushu University found that a ten minute soak in a hot spring bath each day for a period of two weeks can significantly improve cardiovascular functions and reduce the incidence of inflammatory cytokines in patients with chronic heart conditions.

Some of the most well-known onsen near Tokyo are the Ooedo Onsen Monogatari and the Hakone Kowakien Yunessun Spa in Hakone, as well as some sixteen Japanese-style inns, or ryokan,in Hakone that have natural hot spring baths.

If you wish to experience an onsen during your medically-related visit to Tokyo, please inform your EAJ attendant or call the 24-hour hotline so that we can assist you in making arrangements.

Med in Japan Newsletter No.1 July 2012