Yamanaka’s onsen hot springs are a mesmerizing blend of nature and tradition, and are prized by the Japanese for their healing and purifying qualities. Visitors can stay in one of the luxurious traditional Japanese inns such as Kayotei, a place marked by mystical beauty and serene natural surroundings. "When I travel, I find I need a connection to the natural landscape in some way…it is very fulfilling," says Ripert.

“Being outside in the hot springs with the view of the mountains and the rain gently falling really lets you just melt into your surroundings. The beauty and the mystical aspects of nature, it all becomes an exercise in mindfulness. “

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