Bath Salts: Bathclin Nihon no Meito Noboribetsu Karurusu
Today, a large variety of Japanese bath salts are available on Amazon.com, from famous brands, such as Bathcline and Bath Roman, to minor products.
Some of them are well-recognized in Japan but haven’t become popular overseas yet, so today I will introduce one of such products.
By the way, have you ever heard that there are hot springs in Japan that are generally known as “Japan’s Top 100 Onsen”? which are actually selected by an NPO corporation.
Noboribetsu Karurusu Onsen (登別カルルス温泉) in Hokkaido
An entrance to Karurusu Onsen
From the top 100 selected Onsen hot springs, today let me briefly introduce Noboribetsu Karurusu Onsen in the northernmost prefecture of Japan, Hokkaido, which actually has the largest number of thermal regions in Japan.
Surrounded by a wealth of nature, the Karurusu Onsen situated in the city of Noboribetsu, Hokkaido, prides itself on its medicinal hot spring baths, and based on these factors, Karurusu Onsen was designated as a “National Hot Spring Health Resort (国民保養温泉地)” in 1957 for the first time in Hokkaido.
Bath Salts from Bathclin Nihon no Meito Series
Products in Bathclin’s “Nihon no Meito (日本の名湯: Japan’s famous hot spring baths)” line are not that popular on Amazon.com, though the bath additive series has long been loved in Japan. Its original bath salts were introduced in 1986, and the next year the one shown in the photo above “Nihon no Meito Noboribetsu Karurusu Onsen” went on sale.
The Nihon no Meito bath salts contain components that are carefully selected by analyzing the actual water of famous Onsen hot springs in Japan and beautifully recreate their Onsen water. Once they are put into a bathtub of hot water, its watercolor turns milky white.
Incidentally, the real hot spring bathwater of Noboribetsu Karurusu Onsen is transparent and clear, and the brand logo of the Nihon no Meito series “日本の名湯” was written by a famous Japanese calligrapher “Souun Takeda (武田双雲)”.