Thursday, January 13, 2011

Obama-onsen, Nagasaki... a hotspring resort town

... a group of inns along the main road in the little town of Obama, Nagasaki Prefecture...

Obama is at the foot of Mount Unzen, and the whole area is known as an onsen, or hot spring/resort region. Most of the inns face a beautiful bay with an ocean view at sunset, and incorporate open air rooftop bathing facilities, which I enjoyed early in the morning. Mount Unzen is a short drive away.

Incidentally, the town, along with another Obama City in Fukui Prefecture, unofficially endorsed and celebrated the then U.S. presidential candidate in 2008 for obvious reasons...

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