Prices start from md450, (Â£30) per room per night including breakfast served on the roof terrace.For further information contact The Moroccan National Tourist Office on 020-7437 0073 or visit .. Onsen (mineral hot springs) bathing is an integral part of the Japanese culture. Traditionally, these rural retreats were places to ease the aching muscles of rice farmers post-harvest. About 2,000 onsen remain scattered across Japan from the frozen north of Hokkaido to the tropical south of Kyushu. The region used to be known as Michinoku, which means “the end of the road” and, even today, its six prefectures are relatively untouched.
Hence, just a few hours from Tokyo by bullet train, you can find yourself in a completely different world.But don’t the remote rural locations make them hard to get to?The best onsen are easily accessible from Tokyo. The latest extension to Japan’s supremely efficient bullet train network, unveiled in December 2002, looks set to help open up the relatively unexplored far north of Japan. The new Japan Railways East Tohoku Shinkansen line extends from Tokyo to its northern terminus at Hachinohe, cutting the journey time from Tokyo Ueno station to three hours To get around, simply buy a JR East Pass. The pass is valid for unlimited use of JR and bullet trains, the Narita Express from Tokyo’s international airport, as well as discounts on JR-run buses. Passes must be purchased outside Japan and validated at the Travel Service Centre or a major train station before use.
Prices for 2003: 5-day, 10-day and flexible 4-day passes cost Â¥20,000 (Â£107), Â¥32,000 (Â£171) and Â¥20,000 (Â£107) respectively.I could do with cooling off while waiting for my train. Any options?Some bullet train stations have their own onsen in the station complex. Takahata JR station (00 81 238 57 3844), 40 minutes south of the Yamagata bullet train terminus on the JR Ou main line, is one of the best. This provincial station has full-scale bathhouse, the Mahoroba onsen, which opens 7am-9.30pm daily A dip costs Â¥200 (Â£1.10).Right, I’m sold Let me go and lather up.Hang on.