STEAM AMID THE SNOW

Hong Kong Tatler - - Features -

Clock­wise from above left: A woman gazes at a win­ter won­der­land from an open-air bath at the Takimikan Ryokan above the town of Gin­zan On­sen; A bath in a ryokan, a tra­di­tional inn, in Echigo Yuzawa, Gunma Pre­fec­ture, which is the set­ting for Kawa­bata Ya­sunari’s No­bel Prize-win­ning novel Yuki­guni (Snow Country), a story about a love af­fair between a hot-spring geisha and her city-dwelling client; A clas­sic wooden bath­house at the Cho­jukan Ryokan, also in Gunma Pre­fec­ture. Opposite page: At Goshogake in Akita Pre­fec­ture, bathers of­ten have a ses­sion in a steam-bath box be­fore pre­ced­ing to an in­door hot-spring bath with a high sul­phur con­tent.

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