Wellness tourism: a perspective from Japan

Erfurt-Cooper, Patricia (2014) Wellness tourism: a perspective from Japan. In: Voigt, Cornelia, and Pforr, Christof, (eds.) Wellness Tourism: a destination perspective. Routledge Advances in Tourism (33). Routledge, Abingdon, Oxon, UK, pp. 235-254.

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[Extract] Wellness tourism in Japan is largely based on the use of the abundant natural volcanic hot springs throughout the country. Natural hot spring spas and resorts, known as Onsen, are arguably in fact Japan's most important destinations for healthy recreation. The residents of any Japanese locality are therefore generally very conscious of the health benefits of their communal hot springs, which are used by the majority on a regular basis for bathing. It is noticeable though, that other wellness therapies such as alternative medicine, the various forms of massage available in other parts of the world, and traditional forms of medicine (Erfurt-Cooper and Cooper, 2009) are not usually associated with wellness tourism or the daily use of Onsen in this country. There is also little demand for Onsen from foreign tourists other than those from China and Korea, partly because of the unfamiliar forms of the bathing rituals associated with their use (Kojima and Kawamura, 2006; Erfurt-Cooper & Cooper, 2009).

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-0-415-64467-9
Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2016 02:38
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