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Vietnam's first Japanese-style onsen resort gains popularity

Visit by prime minister helps promote local tourism amid COVID pandemic

Yoko Onsen is Vietnam's first Japanese-style hot spring resort targeted at well-heeled consumers.

HANOI -- Yoko Onsen resort lies nestled deep in lush mountain forests in Vietnam's Quang Ninh Province. It has all the trappings a traditional upscale Japanese resort needs, from luxurious ryokan-style buildings to baths bubbling with mineral-rich hot-spring water. 

Since it opened in June, the new leisure complex has become a hot topic among trend-conscious Vietnamese. It may help spread the Japanese onsen culture of bathing nude for relaxation and wellness in the country, where the closest thing to an onsen is a hot-spring pool to take a dip in while wearing a bathing suit.

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