Who created OnsenExpress?
Curt and Megumi. Curt is a journalist who's been covering the computer and videogame beat for the past few years. Curt is currentlly a senior editor at GameSpot, managing the news desk. He also works closely with the trade organization that represents most of the major game companies in the U.S. Megumi is a graduate of UC Berkeley who untill recently worked for the Japan National Tourist Organization. Megumi is the author of New York Loft Gurashi (New York Loft Living), a book which chronicles her years living in New York City and Newark, New Jersey. It was published in 1997 by Shobunsha Press in Tokyo. Megumi was born and raised in Osaka. Curt hails from New York City. Both are enthusiastic hot springs aficionados. They live in the San Francisco Bay Area. Matthew Fass of New York City provided design, technical, and webmastering expertise. Jen Childs contributed to the early design of OnsenExpress.
Why did you create OnsenExpress?
We created Onsen Express because there's so little English-language information available to travelers intent on visiting an onsen or two (or ten) while on a trip to Japan. OnsenExpress fills the need of the curious traveler who doesn't read Japanese.
How current is the information posted on the site?
Before we post an entry we speak by phone or e-mail to the onsen in order to make sure the information listed is correct and current. The bulk of research initially took place in late-2002. Bottom line: We do our best to insure we are posting accurate, reliable, and current information, but as with any reference, it's always nice to go directly to the source to confirm the accuracy of published information. Our content is no exception.
How can I contribute to OnsenExpress?
You can contribute in one of two ways: the first is to send us comments on an onsen already listed in OnsenExpress. Click on the Add Your Comments button located at the bottom of each onsen page. Follow the instructions and we'll post your comments. (Don't forget to read what others have already said by clicking on the Reader Comments button also at the bottom of each onsen page.) If you'd like to contribute a full write-up of an onsen not covered on our site, click on the Contribute! button located on the top page, regions pages, and onsen pages. Again, follow the instructions and completely fill out the form. We'll post the page as soon as we are able.
How is OnsenExpress supported?
Right now, it's a labor of love. If the site grows in popularity, we might someday post ads or engage in some other commercial activity, but right now, all we care about is building up the site so that it can used by travelers seeking a bit of information on hot springs in Japan.
Great sounding onsen. I can't wait to visit. What now?
Before you build a Japan itinerary around an onsen listed in OnsenExpress, we recommend you take a few steps to ensure you'll have a successful trip. First, refer to the onsen's own site (if they have one) for a current profile of facilities and prices. We also recommend contacting the onsen directly by phone or fax (this is where it helps to have a Japanese-speaking friend to lend a hand). Don't forget to account for the time difference before making any long-distance calls.
Is the content of OnsenExpress covered by any copyright laws?
Please don't use information you obtain from OnsenExpress, or images contained on the site, without informing us of your intent first. Contact us if you have questions or comments about our site. We'll be happy to answer your questions via e-mail.
What's the snail mail contact information for OnsenExpress?
Hey, get real. We don't use snail mail. Tell us what's on your mind via e-mail.