The desire for a regenerating break from the rhythms of life at a high technological rate is growing, and the tourist market is growing, offering excellent services related to wellness. Far from the idea of ascetic or clinical retreats, today's luxury spas are designed to combine high-end hospitality with a wellness experience that meets the expectations of increasingly aware and demanding users.
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Leaving in December for a warm destination offers a pleasant break from the rigours of winter, with a beneficial effect of relaxation on the whole body.
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Japan: well-being of body and mind
The onsen, as often happens in Japan, have rather strict rules of use, which the gaijin (foreigners) should know to avoid bad figures. For example, entry is forbidden to those who are tattooed, a rule that has to do with Yakuza, the Japanese underworld, whose members show off elaborate tattoos as a symbol of belonging to clans. In short, it's better to ask a local guide to make sure you respect the label.
The illuminated and snow-covered city on the Ginzan River, in the mountain town of Obanazawa, seems to have come out of a soul and it is possible to walk along the streets of the city wearing the yukata, a "casual" version of the kimono that even a tourist can wear without running the risk of looking ridiculous. If one onsen is not enough, you can go to the nature reserve of Nyuto, in the prefecture of Akita, a district that boasts seven spa villages. It is a place nestled in the mountains where you can experience the toji (thermal treatments), to be combined with a stay detox and total regeneration, relying on the Japanese traditions of wellness and one of the tastiest cuisines in the world.
If Japan is famous for its beauty during spring, the cherry blossoming season, and autumn, the foliage show, in winter it offers the unique pleasure of natural spas, the enchantment of snow in rural villages and the comfort of hot dishes such as soups, ramen and udon, a real panacea for body and mind.