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Arima Onsen

In the last weekend of November, I spent a weekend in Osaka with Akiyo (high school host family sister) and her family.  On the Sunday, we headed to Arima Onsen, a hot spring resort in the hills behind Kobe. 

According to the website, Arima Onsen is the oldest in Japan.  Its waters are loaded with iron, which creates rust-red opaque water to sit back in.  Not sure if it was because of the hot bath water and cool weather outside, or because the minerals actually worked, but I felt like a million bucks after lazing back in the waters of the Kin no Yuu hot spring.

Outside, the months of autumn continued, with brilliant maples outside a temple and in local parks.

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