An employee of Arima Onsen tries out the new virtual reality experience while posing in a bathtub filled with water from a hot spring. Photo: Handout

Coronavirus: Japan’s onsen provide virtual reality antidote to lockdown blues

  • As visitor numbers plummet amid a nationwide state of emergency over the pandemic, owners of hot springs and public baths had to get creative
  • One solution has been to recreate the experience of taking a relaxing dip in virtual reality, while others have opted for a more low-tech approach
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An employee of Arima Onsen tries out the new virtual reality experience while posing in a bathtub filled with water from a hot spring. Photo: Handout
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