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9 of the world's most relaxing hot springs

By: Josh Lew on May 6, 2013, 5:28 p.m.
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Hokkaido, Japan

Visitors to the Japanese island of Hokkaido have plenty of options. These range from over-the-top resorts with thermal baths like the Spa Resort Hawaiians to small traditional inns, referred to as onsens, that have their own small thermal pools. Some bathing spots are outdoors and are not associated with any spa or inn. The classic forest-and-mountain landscapes of this nature-rich island make it a great choice for those seeking a scenic setting for their soak. Onsens are open year-round, and some people consider them most beautiful in the winter, when deep snows cover Hokkaido.