Best Hot Springs: Yamakawa, Kyushu, Japan

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A dour snow monkey stays warm in one of Japan's hot springs.     Photo: Skyearth/Shutterstock

The hot water bubbles up from black volcanic sand on the beach at the little-known hot springs near the resort town of Ibusuki on the island of Kyushu. Take a suna-mushi, or sand bath, during which visitors lie down, get shoveled over in hot sand by an attendant, and relax.

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