Went to kusatsu hot springs in Kusatsu, Japan a few weekends ago and shot a roll of Provia 400.
This is where the spring water originates from, this part is the smelliest. The water comes out too hot to get in so it’s channeled into the wooden planks in the middle of the picture to be cooled and diverted into bathhouses.
Channels cool too-hot-to-lounge-in water from the spring source to the little pond below.
The cooling wooden channels.
From a different pov.
Spring water falls into this little pond from where the water gets diverted to all the spas and hotels in the city providing nice and hot spring water all year round.
Me on the way to a volcanic lake.
The volcanic lake Yugama. It’s absolutely stunning turquoise in person.
More volcanic lake.
Scenery around a lake near the volcanic lake.
More during the walk.
Sainokawara park. This is a forest with a stream thats partially snowmelt and partially spring water. The water is warm year round and pools in some places.
Our ryokan, a traditional japanese room with rice paper walls on one side and tatami floors. In the evening, housekeeping turns this space in a bedroom with mats. They provide the yukatas (robes). Awesome thing about this town is that everyone walks around in the robes their hotels give them, you’ll see people shopping for groceries and eating at restaurants in their robes.
Spring water runs throughout the town even to little footbaths like this one. All over town there are running public footbaths where a bunch of people stop to relax and dip their feet in scalding hot spring water.
Traditional performance where women cool the hot hot spring water.