I Love ゆ is a website aimed to introduce foreign visitors and residents of Japan to the wonderful world of Japanese bathhouses and onsen hot springs. This site is named “I Love Yu” because in Japanese the word for hot water is yu. It is either written in the hiragana script as ゆ or in kanji as 湯. Besides the hot spring mark (♨) the hiragana character ゆ also synonymous with bathing, hot springs, and onsen. The name is also a tribute to my amazing wife, Yuko who also loves onsen. This site is also dedicated to Yuko. Our love of onsen brought us together, but her kindness and understanding of my sento--and train--obsessions lets me make all the trips that have made this site possible.