Tabi no Yado – clear pack

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This Tabi no Yado Hot Springs Assortment Pack contains 15 individually foil wrapped sachets featuring 5 unique Hot Spring Bath Salts. These will turn the bath water to various colors, but keeping it transparent (non-milky, or as the box says “toumei”). For best results, fill tub with warm water (about 104F) and add 1 envelop of bath powder. Do not use in wooden tub, or jacuzzi whirlpool type baths. They contain dried orange peel and angelica. There are 5 different salts in the pack, 3 of each, and I bought it for $15 (on Amazon). These five onsen salts are also sold in individual boxes (containing 5 sachets of the same), which was $6 in the store. The contents:

別府 Beppu

Beppu Onsen is a group of hot springs in the city of Beppu, Ōita Prefecture on Kyushu island (Japan’s South). It is known for the richness of its resources (there are 2,909 hot spring vents within the city), which is the second largest amount of hot spring water discharge in the world, and the largest in Japan.

beppushi hellpond

Its eight main onsens are also called the “hells of Beppu” and are popular tourist destinations, not only for bathing but also for viewing. There are boiling ponds and all kinds of wonders, and even a pond with hot, red water! That is why there’s a red devil on the box… Let’s get back to the bath salts: this one produces a clear, light green color and has a fresh scent that reminded me of cypress or a wood fragrance.. Rating: 4/5 (just because I prefer the milky ones).

白浜 Shirahama

Shirahama Onsen is located on the west coast of the Kii Peninsula, Wakayama Prefecture, by the ocean. Along with Dogo  and Arima onsens, it is one of Japan’s three oldest hot springs. This bath additive will turn the water into a darker green color, although the box says it should be light blue, just like its sachet. Flowery scent, 3.5/5. By the way, here are my notes trying to capture the water colors:

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箱根 Hakone

Hakone is in Kanagawa Prefecture. It has been one of Japan’s most popular hot spring resorts for centuries, and is the closest hot spring area to Tokyo and Mt. Fuji. Green sachet, and green water, with the fragrance of fresh herbs (according to the box, but I smelled pine tree…). 3/3.

登別 Noboribetsu

It is a city in Iburi Subprefecture, Hokkaido, the Northern island of Japan. Part of the Shikotsu-Toya National Park, it is southwest of Sapporo. Water is quite yellow, reminded me of light beer, but the box says mustard. It has a flower fragrance with a nice sulfury-hotspringy tone. 4/5.

草津 Kusatsu

Kusatsu Onsen is a hot spring resort located in Gunma Prefecture, northwest of Tokyo. It is a popular tourist destination. The source of its hot water is nearby Mount Kusatsu-Shirane. Makes the water very bright yellow with a hint of green and has a nice citrus / lemon smell. 4/5.

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