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5 Amazing Off the Beaten Path Escapes from Tokyo

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The sprawling metropolis of Tokyo seems to offer little refuge from its concrete skyscrapers, fluorescent billboards, and crammed commuter trains. Most visitors, if feeling overwhelmed, escape to the serene havens of Nikko or Takao-san, day trips from the city resplendent with natural beauty and onsen (hot springs). While these are amazing options, there’s a[...]

Australia's Hottest Spa: Peninsula Hot Springs

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If you make one day trip out of the bustling Australian city of Melbourne, be sure to head down to the Mornington Peninsula and visit the Peninsula Hot Springs. Melbourne is one heck of an exciting city - you can lose yourself in all the laneways and eateries for days on end and before you know it, a few weeks can zip by and you realise that you haven't expl[...]

The Hot Springs of Beppu, Japan

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Billowing white clouds rise up towards the sky, and the drizzling rain only adds to the eerie feeling I get. I'm in Beppu, on the Japanese island of Kyushu. The steam, too light to be seen as smoke, looks completely different to anything I have ever seen before. The Kanazawa Jigokus are volcanic hot springs where you can gaze at the bubbling, frothing volcan[...]

Bathing in ruins: a trip to Onsernone Valley

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  Carefully I dive my right foot into the hot pool, checking the temperature. It is not too hot and so I dive in with my whole body. A light smell of brimstone hangs in the air and darkness surrounds me. The little waves caused by my body break against the stone wall and make a quiet swashing sound. Hesitantly I advance towards the back of the pool, [...]

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