Igo & Shogi
How to choose the correct hot spring for
If you love hot springs, here's
some important information.
|PD Choose an acidic
Acidic hot springs, such as those you find here
in Kusatsu, are strong enough to kill bacteria
and have a high medicinal content, so you can
bathe quite safely. People from high risk groups
bathing in hot springs that do not have this germ-killing
power may run the risk of contracting infections.
(High risk groups include alcohol drinkers, smokers,
atopy sufferers, children, the elderly, sufferers
of chronic diabetes and chronic obstructive lung
disease, people with impaired immune systems and
those recovering from surgical operations). In
our opinion, acidic hot springs are the best and
safest to use.
Kusatsu Hot Spring is a hot spring containing
highly acidic hydrogen sulfate alums and copperas.
It kills bacteria very effectively, so it is totally
safe to bathe in.
Please note that soap cannot be used in acidic
|PD Avoid man-made
hot springs created by drilling and boring into the
Legionnaire's bacteria lives naturally in soil
and freshwater and there is a danger that this
pneumonia-causing bacteria may get into such hot
spring water. Legionnaire's bacteria flourish
at PH7 in conditions of about 30-42. High risk
groups are at particular risk of picking up the
bacteria, so they should avoid places where the
water is reused, or the quantity is low. Places
that produce bubbles (i.e. Jacuzzis) are a virtual
playground for bacteria and therefore are particularly
dangerous. The indoor spread of bacteria due to
air conditioning equipment occurs in the same
way. (The disease originated in a military legion
and that is where the name comes from).
PD Avoid large communal
The worst possible situation is a large public
bath with no bacteria-killing power, where the
water is reused and is provided in low quantities.
This sort of place is literally a breeding ground
for bacteria. If you bathe here, you should rinse
off all water thoroughly in the separate shower.
It may seem repetitive, but even if one bubble
remains then you may be at risk. Wash carefully,
and then leave the place as fast as you can. However,
not all large baths need to be avoided. If there
are a few reasonably sized bathtubs that do not
appear too big, and if each one is fed individually
with clean spring water, then it is possible to
use them safely.
|PD Any other questionsc
please contact us at the phone or email addresses
Kusatsu Hot Spring
Kirishimaya Ryokan Director Ph.D.Yoshiaki Nakazawa
Director of Kirishimaya Archery Dojo
Host of Health and
Scientific Hot Spring Cure Information Classes