POSTED: July 22nd 2014
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Tokyo 2020: Hot spring discovered near the Imperial Palace and the start of the cycling race

One of the most memorable things of Nagano '98 was the snow monkeys in the hot springs / Sean Pavone Bigstock
One of the most memorable things of Nagano '98 was the snow monkeys in the hot springs / Sean Pavone Bigstock

Japanese onsen offer a relaxing retreat for Olympic fans
Japanese onsen offer a relaxing retreat for Olympic fans

CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Fans of authentic Japanese onsen will get the chance to soak in the thermal waters of a new natural hot spring in the financial district of Otemachi in Tokyo.

The hot spring is located near the Imperial Palace and the starting line of the cycling road race in the heart of the Games zone in Tokyo.

Mitsubishi Estate Co. announced the finding of the new hot spring after digging 1.5 kilometres in the Otemachi district of Chiyoda Ward. The water in the hot spring will be 36.5ºC and used by a new office building and hotel Hoshinoya Tokyo. Containing sodium chloride and iodine, the natural water helps soothe sore muscles, joints, and stiffness, fatigue, poor blood circulation, depression, and skin dryness.

Digging for a potential hot spring began in April in Japan’s most expensive business district and struck water in June. More than $983 million will be spent constructing the 18-story hotel and the 31-story office tower. Fitness and spa facilities, as well as shower rooms and baths, in both the hotel and office building will use water from the hot spring. The shower rooms and bath will be open to those occupying the building and those working in the surrounding neighbourhood.

“Foreigners who visit Tokyo have told us that they want to take authentic onsen baths,” Mitsubishi Estate President Hirotaka Sugiyama told ajw.asahi.com. “We want to make the atmosphere of this hotel different from those in surrounding areas.”

Construction is set for completion in 2016, well ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games. 






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