Given the deluge of negative news that we are constantly exposed to on a daily basis, we could all could use some quality in a hot spring to clear our minds.
While visiting an actual Japanese hot spring or ‘onsen’ is definitely out of the question right now, there is a way you can do so without actually leaving your own home.
Sounds impossible? Hear us out.
All you need is a tub of warm water to sit in, your smartphone and a pair of Virtual Reality (VR) goggles (be they plastic or cardboard) to put your smartphone in.
Why do you need all these items? Well, it turns out that you can virtually visit the onsens of the town in Arima, Japan. This is all thanks to the efforts of a group of ryokan (Japanese Inn) owners who have uploaded VR footage of their hot springs to YouTube for all to enjoy.
Admittedly the idea of wearing VR goggles with your smartphone dangling above water doesn’t sound like a great idea, we have to admit that it is a unique idea that is worth a shot once in a while.
So far there are four videos uploaded on the channel, each averaging about five minutes but that should be just enough time to soak in your surroundings in VR. Besides, you can always loop the video so you can spend as much time as you want “in” the hot spring.
So what are you waiting for? Bring out the tub, strap on your VR headset and take a dip inside the virtual onsen.