In Hakodate, Hokkaido: navigating on our own is not that difficult
Schoolgirl greeters in Hakodate

In Hakodate, Hokkaido: navigating on our own is not that difficult

The ship staff had warned that navigating on your own in Japan is different than elsewhere. Very few locals speak English and signs are only in Japanese. I understand now why in the U.S. Japanese tourists always move in a group with a guide.

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A visit to a Japanese hot springs – Onseng – resort in Hokkaido
Lobby area of the Jozankei Tsuruga Resort Spa on Hokkaido

A visit to a Japanese hot springs – Onseng – resort in Hokkaido

Good news! I’m going to live at least seven years longer. That’s because I’ve visited a Japanese Onseng—a hot springs resort. They are ubiquitous in Japan—there are thousands of them.

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