The inn used to be the retreat for the Akita nobility (yes, like the dog, which is native to this part of Japan) and was built on a natural hot spring. Guests get unlimited access to the outdoor and indoor pools, which are filled with milky white mineral water. Sitting in the perfectly warm water as snowflakes fell on my head was an incredible experience, and because the inn is so traditional I was able to share it with B and R (they have mixed bathing, which since all hot spring bathing in Japan is done nude is not standard thanks to Western influence: 19th Century missionaries and their hangups!).
|I like Japan even if I have to wear a coat here!|
Tomorrow we are off to our final destination, a small town famous for its castle and samurai history. Then it's back to Singapore (boo, I love Japan).