Bubbling up from the very depths of Earth, these minerally enriched hot springs are naturally occurring marvels formed by various geothermal processes that bring steaming water up to the surface of our planet. Known for their therapeutic benefits, these fountains of wellness and their picturesque settings create an environment that enlivens not just your senses but your imagination, too. Browse through these photographs to plan your next journey of rejuvenation.
By AAKRITI JASWANT
TAKARAGAWA ONSEN, JAPAN
This forested mountain stream paints a beautiful picture as steaming springs meander through the Joshinʼetsukogen National Park. The changing colours of the surrounding nature lend a paradisiacal feel to a traditional rotenburo (open-air bath) here.
Thereʼs something breathtaking about this stunning terraced arrangement of white-rock pools filled with crystal-blue waters.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, these ethereal baths are said to
heal skin diseases and circulatory issues.
GRAND PRISMATIC SPRING, WYOMING
An awe-inspiring vision at the Yellowstone National Park, this hot spring pulsates with fiery bands of blue, green, yellow, and orange stretching outwards, even as it is enveloped by hot vapours. The largest in the USA and third largest in the world, this natural wonder
is not for dipping but is a definite must-visit for its bewitchingly fantastical setting.
CHENA HOT SPRINGS, ALASKA
Set amid snow-capped mountains, the Chena Hot Springs Resort in Fairbanks offers an ice-laden Alaskan panorama from its steaming ponds—an amazing contrast! The pièce de résistance? The lake flaunts views of the Northern Lights during winter.
KEROSENE CREEK, NEW ZEALAND
Located on the country’s North Island, this idyllic creek is fed by a subterranean spring that warms it to a pleasant 29 degrees Celsius. Sitting in gently bubbling waters, under a scenic waterfall, surrounded by lush forests is a truly ethereal experience.