Soak in some forest therapy in Japan

Forest bathing in Japan's Ashizu Valley Trail Therapy Road and soaking in a hot spring in Tamatsukuri Onsen are therapy for the body and soul

Research shows that exposure to volatile compounds given off by plants lead to a decrease in stress hormones, so a walk in the forest is never a bad idea. The rotenburo onsen, or open air bath (above), at boutique hot spring ryokan Hoshino Resorts Ka
Research shows that exposure to volatile compounds given off by plants lead to a decrease in stress hormones, so a walk in the forest is never a bad idea.
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Research shows that exposure to volatile compounds given off by plants lead to a decrease in stress hormones, so a walk in the forest is never a bad idea. The rotenburo onsen, or open air bath (above), at boutique hot spring ryokan Hoshino Resorts Ka
The rotenburo onsen, or open air bath, at boutique hot spring ryokan Hoshino Resorts Kai Izumo warms you to the bones, despite the chilly weather. PHOTO: HOSHINO RESORTS
A waterfall in Ashizu Valley Trail Therapy Road in Chizu Town, where visitors can go forest bathing.
A waterfall in Ashizu Valley Trail Therapy Road in Chizu Town, where visitors can go forest bathing. PHOTO: SHARON SIM
Research shows that exposure to volatile compounds given off by plants lead to a decrease in stress hormones, so a walk in the forest is never a bad idea. The rotenburo onsen, or open air bath (above), at boutique hot spring ryokan Hoshino Resorts Ka
A stay in Hoshino Resorts Kai Izumo includes an exquisite kaiseki dinner and breakfast. PHOTO: HOSHINO RESORTS
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My field of vision was a narrow strip of the tree canopy, a lacework of leaves and branches against the waning blue of the sky.

Lying cocooned in a cloth hammock with a slender opening between the cloth lips to gaze out of, my view sways gently and I expect to feel impatient, or at least motion-sickness.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on February 24, 2019, with the headline Soak in some forest therapy in Japan. Subscribe