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Hakone’s hot springs: Its charm points lies in the 15000 tonnes of water that gushes out everyday, and the 20 types of water available

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Located in Kanagawa, Ashigara Shimo-gun, Hakone has been known as a hot spring town, with such towns lining Mt. Hakone from its foot to the middle.
The history of Hakone goes back to the Nara period. The water source, which led to the opening of the baths in Hakone back, then is still used today. The small town in Tokaido has been known for its Seven Hot Springs, or some say eight, since the Edo period. Another nine hot springs have been added since then, and the seventeen hot springs of Hakone are popular tourist attractions.
Hakone’s hot springs boast a whooping 15000 tonnes of water being used everyday. The type of water and its qualities varies according to the area, and there are 20 types of water sources in total, for example water with alkali components, salt components, sulfur springs etc.
As such, all 17 springs differ in properties, and going around all of them is one fun option.
For exampe, at one of the seven springs, Hakone-yumoto which is located at the entrance of Hakone, the water is alkali, pure spring water, and it can cure neuralgia, joint pain, and sensitivity to the cold. It is easier to find accommodation here compared to the other areas, and the spring water quality is suitable for all types of skin, making it a popular spot.
Similarly, another of the seven springs, Miyanoshita Hot Springs have sodium, salt springs, which is also good for neuralgia, joint pain and sensitivity to the cold. The area has a retro yet modern feel to it, and has been a popular tourist attraction since the Meiji period.
Located 600 meters above sea level, you will find Owakudani Hot Springs, famous for Chisuji-no-taki (waterfall) and other spots where you can be surrounded by nature, has pure spring water with sodium and salt components, which is said to cure neuralgia, joint pain and sensitivity to the cold as well. Furthermore, it is known to be rich in water volume.
The Gora area is home to milky white water rich in minerals, such as calcium, sulfur and alkali pure spring water. This spring can cure lower back pain, muscle aches, as well as prevent the hardening of the arteries. Apart from these springs, don’t forget the Sengokuhara area, which draws its water from Owakudani, the Ashi-no-ba area which is said to have water which transforms its colors seven times, and the Lake Ashi area where you can catch the stunning view of Mt. Fuji and Lake Ashi.
Otherwise, how about the ‘Bijin-no-yu” which is said to transform any lady into a beauty, with the sulfuric acid springs, and carbonated water which can treat keratin substances, while detoxing your body and giving it the whitening effect with the sulfur components, and cleansing your skin with the alkali pure spring water.
Apart from these properties, they can also help heal bruises, sprains, shoulder pain, rheumatism, fatigue, chronic eczema, high blood pressure, anemia, burns, gout, wounds, stomach flu, diabetes etc.
Going around all the seventeen hot springs of Hakone while searching for one that matches your needs is one good way of experiencing the attractiveness of Hakone.

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