日毎の一覧: 2012-04-01

Higashiyama Onsen: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly and the Effort


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“A bit worn down and overdeveloped,” is how one guide describes Higashiyama Onsen, the main onsen resort area of Aizu Wakamatsu, and where we stayed during our visit. Ahh, if only life were like Disneyland, where everything was perfectly nice and tidy.

Higashiyama’s many behemoth ferro-concrete hotels leave an imposing impression to be sure, especially the several apparently uninhabited ghost hotels. But you know what struck me the most? The 8th generation owner of the inn we stayed at said the closed-up businesses are the town’s greatest concern, and that his outfit themselves had recently purchased their 4th property to rennovate and revitalize.

Higashiyama may not be the happiest place on earth, but the river-side onsen baths, the exquisitely prep...

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