Just came back from a visit from Japan. Travelled directly from Osaka airport to Kurama onsen, it was a pleasant train ride, even with 4 changes of train. It was worth the effort. Especially the last train ride, we travelled thru mountains, rivers and little villages. We were greeted with snow covered pine tree mountains as we approaching the designation. We were extremely lucky, it snowed quite heavily on the day we were there. The feeling of snow following on your body while you are soaking in the open air hot spring was unique, topped with the view of snowed capped pine tree and the stillness -- it was magical/zen. A wonderful first onsen experience. We stayed a night, the staffs were friendly and the food was great.
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