Ashiyu 足湯 literally means a foot spa. Ashiyu is usually formed with a small bathing pool filled with hot spring water and is often placed under a wooden canopy where people sit around and soak their feet in the pool. The hot spring water in the pool is kept running or in a circulation system to maintain cleanliness. Ashiyu is usually offered for free. Since there is no rental towels available, you need to bring a towel. Just try soaking your feet in Ashiyu for a few minutes and you may feel your body getting warmed up as if you were taking a good hot bath.
Where to find and how to enjoy Ashiyu
Ashiyu spas are often found at tourist spots, include some road stations (called Michinoeki) , train stations, the starting/end point of walking trails, and lookout points with majestic views. Laying back in a foot spa at a lookout point on the seaward side and gazing at a ship getting look smaller toward to the horizon, or melting your feet after a day-long walking tour, is another way of enjoying Onsen. Don’t forget to keep a towel in your backpack so you can take an Ashiyu anytime you find it.
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Related Japanese Samples
Is there an Ashiyu foot spa near here?
Kono Chikaku ni Ashiyu wa arimasu ka?
It's for free, isn't it?
Muryou desu yo-ne?