How Private Flights Allow You to Soak up Japanese Culture

Everyone loves a good soak in an ultra-relaxing steamy tub of water. The Japanese have turned this into an art form with their ryokan onsen (hot spring inns). The reported healing qualities of the natural spring water in certain areas have drawn travelers across the world on private flights to experience this cultural practice.

Steeped in centuries-old tradition, a ryokan onsen is a lodging facility that taps into nearby geothermal spring water. There are many scattered about the country, most offering an upscale travel experience for those venturing to the Land of the Rising Sun.

Each hot spring is unique in terms of mineral content and is believed by many to posses its own particular healing properties. Some of the ailments they have been said to cure include:

  • Gout
  • Diabetes
  • Anemia
  • Constipation
  • Muscle pain
  • Mental fatigue
  • And many more

A Cure for Almost Everything

For instance, Kusatsu Onsen, located in Gunma Prefecture (northwest of Tokyo), is one of the country’s most famous hot spring resorts. According to local lore, it has the ability to cure everything, except heartache.

However, there are also two scientific facts about Kusatsu that can’t be disputed:

1. The spring produces the largest volume of water of all Japanese hot springs.

2. The water’s high acidity is renowned for killing bacteria and other microorganisms.

Kusatsu Onsen is one of Japan's most popular hot spring resorts, making it a favorite resort destination for travelers on private flights.

Kusatsu Onsen is one of Japan’s most popular hot spring resorts, making it a favorite resort destination for travelers on private flights.

Experience the Heart of Japanese Culture

Westerners who arrange private flights to stay at a ryokan onsen are tapping into the very essence of Japanese culture. These establishments have remained largely unchanged for centuries, retaining their awe-inspiring architectural design and bathing rituals.

Of course, many of the forward-thinking resorts have adopted the modern conveniences discerning travelers have come to expect (flat-screen TVs, spa services, aesthetic salons etc.), but the focus remains on pureness, simplicity and harmony with nature.

Some of the more traditional features that remain unaltered include:

Yukata: traditional robe worn after soaking in the hot springs

Tatami: bamboo floor mats in guest accommodation

Futon: Japanese-style bed

Western travelers arriving on private flights can immerse themselves, quite literally, in Japanese custom when staying at a ryokan onsen.

Western travelers arriving on private flights can immerse themselves, quite literally, in Japanese custom when staying at a ryokan onsen.

Pampering Your Body, and Your Palate

In addition to sublime hot springs with idyllic scenery, the other thing ryokan are renowned for is the quality of their food. Meals are meticulously prepared using the freshest, highest quality ingredients available.

Sushi is admired as much for its visual appeal as it is for its distinct flavour and texture.

Sushi is admired as much for its visual appeal as it is for its distinct flavour and texture.

If you’re booking private flights to Japan or anywhere in Asia, be sure to read our post: Why Choose a Charter Plane for International Travel.

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