It is interesting to view the Bath Hotel area, even though you can't enter the hotel building itself because it is in use as government offices, and the 18th century bath house is boarded up and not in use any more.
As for the hot spring, I am in my mid 60s, and I have used the hot spring bathing spot many times to very good effect, sometimes just soaking my hands or feet, and often by soaking my whole body, including total immersion. I find it to be fabulous!
Young or old, if your muscles or joints are aching, the hot volcanic water is a marvelous natural treatment, a free spa, and it is totally sanitary, despite some ill-informed comments here.
The hot volcanic spring water is constantly being refilled from the natural source automatically, and the temperature of the volcanic water is so extremely high that regular everyday germs have absolutely no chance of surviving here.
It is totally wrong to say that local people bathe here to "keep clean". In reality, they use the hot spring as an effective holistic health treatment for aches and pains etc, as I have done.
Do be careful, because the water is always extremely hot. Get in by degrees, do not stay in for more than 15 minutes maximum, and be sure to sit on a rock afterwards before striding away, as you may possibly feel dizzy from the heat.
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