We still spent time in parks, admiring the flowers and lunch under the trees.
Then we headed to Kurama, where the initial goal was to dive into the onsen, but we took the opportunity to take a ride to the shrine of Kurama (the guide said, “a magical place”…).
And we greatly appreciated this little detour through the shrines which we climbed the mountain slowly. I love how the Japanese mountains are bare: if there is not a temple, it is nothing but trees.
And was beautiful.
Then, finally, the onsen. The hot source is sulphurous and baths (not mixed) are fitted to the delight of swimmers.
We must first take off his shoes and put them in a small locker, then go to the locker room get naked to go wash with soap and rinse. And then, once clean, you can plunge into the hot water bath. For girls, it could take fifteen in the bath, but we were there in small committee.
We have stayed an hour in the water (or on the edge, to cool off a little) to chat with us, listen to the birds (ie outside) and even talk with Japanese curious to see us here.
It was a very nice way to end the stay.