These little wooden structures house pumps that send piping-hot water from sulphur hot springs to the many inns and B&Bs dotting the area around Oku-nikko, a picturesque resort town located in the mountains of Nikko. It's a fantastic overnight trip from Tokyo, especially in the winter, when soaking in an outdoor onsen (hot spring) while drinking a beer with the snow falling is simply heavenly!
By Jon Sheer, AFAR Local Expert
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Japan, 〒321-1662 Tochigi-ken, Nikkō-shi, Yumoto, 2549−5, 栃木県日光市