Onsen (æ¸©æ³‰) is the Japanese name for a hot spring; the term also extends to cover the bathing facilities and traditional inns frequently situated around a hot spring. Onsens come in many types and shapes, including outdoor (éœ²å¤©é¢¨å‘‚ or é‡Žå¤©é¢¨å‘‚, roten-buro or noten-buro) and indoor baths (å†…æ¹¯, uchiyu).
Guests are not normally allowed to wear swimsuits in the baths.
Winter is the coldest season of the year in polar and temperate zones.
The TÅhoku region (æ±åŒ—åœ°æ–¹, TÅhoku-chihÅ), Northeast region, or Northeast Japan (æ±åŒ—æ—¥æœ¬, TÅhoku-nihon) consists of the northeastern portion of Honshu, the largest island of Japan. This traditional region consists of six prefectures (ken): Akita, Aomori, Fukushima, Iwate, Miyagi, and Yamagata.
Iwate Prefecture (å²©æ‰‹çœŒ, Iwate-ken) is a prefecture of Japan located in the TÅhoku region of Honshu.
The Go-Bang’s were a three-piece Japanese all-female band active in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
JR East operates all of the Shinkansen, high-speed rail lines, north of Tokyo, except the Hokkaido Shinkansen, which is operated by JR Hokkaido.