The Onsen Museum is an interesting break from enjoy the hot springs in Gero. The museum displays a number of water samples from onsens from all over Japan, as well as hot spring paraphernalia - bath salts, onsen tamago and water pipes - some of the latter dating back to the Edo Period.
You can learn how hot springs are formed and perform some simple experiments using the water from Gero's hot springs. For an extra charge there's even an ashiyu (footbath) out on the museum's veranda.
The museum is open daily (except Thursday) from 9am-5pm. Adults 400 yen; children 200 yen.
Gero Onsen Onsen Museum
Tel: 0576 25 3400
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Monday, January 18, 2010