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Onsen
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Tourist accommo-dation is available around most of Japan's onsen (hot springs). At spas such as Beppu, large commercial resorts of many hotels have developed, where the emphasis is for visitors is on group togetherness (a sacred concept in Japan). At other, more isolated onsen, there may be only two or three thatched-roof cottages with a single outdoor bath (a rotemburo). Here the visitor comes to seek spiritual rather than material comfort. Most onsen are open all year round and in the smaller country establishments one may sit in the winter in a steaming outdoor pool surrounded by snow-covered rocks and trees.

Relevance to Maison Ikkoku

After her visit to Maison Ikkoku, Yukari sends Godai some money and tells him to treat all the residents of the building to an overnight visit to an onsen in thanks for their kindness while she visited him in Tokeizaka.


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