“Japan’s most beautiful ryokans invite you to do absolutely nothing”

“Village ryokan are often rustic, centuries-old wood and paper buildings, set around mineral-rich hot springs that bubble out of Japan’s mountainous volcanic backbone. These springs, known as onsen, have been celebrated for millennia for their health properties. These can be physical — some waters are especially good for arthritis, others for the skin — but a soak in any hot spring imparts a sense of tranquility to those lucky enough to partake.” – Stephanie d’Arc Taylor, CNN







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“Think tank says 2025 Osaka Expo will draw 3 million visitors from abroad”

“Given the sharp increase in the number of visitors to Japan in recent years, the percentage of foreign visitors to the Osaka Expo is projected to rise to around 10 percent from the roughly 5 percent who attended the 2005 Expo in Aichi Prefecture. The Osaka Expo will bring positive economic effects totaling ¥1.3 trillion to the Kansai region and ¥2.2 trillion across the country, the think tank predicted.” – The Japan Times